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Nursing

Examination and Retesting

 

APRN
 
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses  (APRNs) in Nebraska must have passed a national certifying examination and maintain active board certification by a certifying body that has been approved by the Board to qualify for licensure. Arrangements to take the certifying examination must be made directly with the certifying body by the licensee. 
 
Applicants holding retired board certification credentials may qualify for licensure as an APRN as long as they continue to meet requirements by the certifying body for active certification.


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

  • Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Gerontology
  • Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - Pediatric
  • Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - Neonatal
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Adult Gerontology

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

  • Adult - Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner (retired)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner (retired)

American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

• Certified Nurse Midwife

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (retired)
  • Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired)
  • Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired)
  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (retired)
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired)
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (retired)
  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired)
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner (retired)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists

• Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

National Certification Corporation for Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC)

• Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
• Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

  • Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired)

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

• Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
• Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 
 

LPN/RN

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) is a national licensing examination that is administered in the United States and Territories. The examination is designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Because the examination is a national examination used by all United States jurisdictions (states and territories), nurses are able to endorse licensure from one state board of nursing to another without retaking the examination. All examination results are reported as Pass or Fail.
 
There are two NCLEX® examinations. The NCLEX-RN® examination is administered to those qualified for and seeking licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and NCLEX-PN® is administered to those qualified for and seeking licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Only those persons who have been authorized by a state board of nursing are allowed to take the examination.

The examinations are taken on the computer at test sites located across the United States and its territories. A candidate may take the examination at any test center. It is not required that the examination be taken in a test center in the state in which the candidate has applied for licensure.
 
The examinations are administered by computerized adaptive testing (CAT) which means that all tests are based on a standard plan, but each candidate’s examination is individualized based on the candidate’s responses to the items. Items (questions) are administered for up to 5 hours or until such time as it can be determined that the candidate has either passed or failed the examination. The RN exam can be passed or failed after completing the minimum of 75 questions, and the PN exam can be passed or failed after completing the minimum of 85 questions. All of the questions on the exams are multiple choice. The questions are presented one at a time on the computer. There is no time limit to each question, but once a question has been answered it cannot be returned to and no questions can be left unanswered. Special testing accommodations are available for candidates with disabilities. The RN exam contains a maximum of 265 questions and the PN exam contains a maximum of 205 questions.
 
In addition to the application for licensure to the board of nursing, applicants must register for the NCLEX exam with Pearson Vue. The testing fee is $200. You may register for the exam either online at www.PearsonVue.com/nclex or by telephone at 866-496-2539. If registering by website or telephone, you must be able to pay electronically.
 
Should you fail the exam, you must wait a minimum of 45 days before retaking it.
 
 
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