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​Governor Ricketts Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency

Governor Pete Ricketts announced the end of Nebraska's coronavirus state of emergency. The Governor issued the state of emergency declaration on March 13, 2020. It officially ended at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  The Governor issued Executive Order (EO) 21-09 to rescind pandemic-related executive orders.  With a few exceptions, the coronavirus executive orders will expire on July 30, 2021, which is thirty days after the state of emergency ends. Full text of EO 21-09 is available by clicking here.

Renewal Update as of 6/28/21: The governor of the State of Nebraska has announced that the COVID-19 State of Emergency expires on 6/30/21 (11:59 p.m.).

License types (click here for list) that were deferred per Executive Order 20-10 will have their expiration dates extended to 10/31/21 and must be renewed by that date.

NOTE: If the license has already been renewed, this deferral and extension does not apply.

Within the next 30 days, the Licensure Unit will send a postcard to those licensees who have not renewed, advising that they will have until 10/31/21 to renew. 

To renew, click here. After the renewal processing is complete, the license will reflect the next regularly scheduled expiration date. A wallet card can be printed to verify the renewed license here

For information regarding Continuing Competency Waivers, click here.

New regulations effective May 17, 2020

Please see the Respiratory Care regulations, 172 NAC 162, in the Regulations & Statutes box on the right side of this page.

For the statutory definition of respiratory care, please click here.

Advisory Opinions

LPNs & Respiratory Care

This Nebraska Board of Nursing advisory opinion is issued in accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. § 38-2216. As such, this advisory opinion is for informational purposes only and is non-binding.

It is the opinion of the Board that it is acceptable practice for LPNs to provide chest percussion, aerosol treatment and IPPB therapy. Additionally, it is appropriate practice for LPNs to perform naso-pharyngeal and oral pharyngeal suctioning. LPN practice may include tracheal suctioning for purposes of maintaining an open airway; it is not appropriate practice for LPNs to provide bronchial tree suctioning.

LPNs may assist with ventilator care by making observations, and by recording and reporting such observations. It is not appropriate for LPNs to independently implement nursing actions based upon conclusions or assessments drawn from their observations, i.e., make ventilator adjustments.

A licensed nurse is accountable to be competent for all nursing care that he/she provides. Competence means the ability of the nurse to apply interpersonal, technical and decision-making skills at the level of knowledge consistent with the prevailing standard for the nursing activity being applied. Accountability also includes acknowledgment of personal limitations in knowledge and skills, and communicating the need for specialized instruction prior to providing any nursing activity.

Approved: January 1988
Reaffirmed: April 1996

Attorney General Opinion 

Applications, Requirements & Fees

These forms may be completed online; however, you must date and physically sign your application and mail it to our office with the appropriate fee.

Fee Information

Renewal Information

The Board of Respiratory Care Practice does not pre-approve Continuing Education or Continuing Education Providers

Respiratory Care Renewal requirements:

  • Expiration date:  June 1 of each even-numbered year.
  • Continuing Education (CE) Requirements: 20 hours of acceptable CE

Acceptable Continuing Education 


Office of Rehabilitation & Community Services
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2299
Fax Number
(402) 742-1152
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit

Attn: Respiratory Care
PO Box 94986

Lincoln NE 68509


Nebraska State Office Building

301 Centennial Mall South

14th & M Streets, 1st Floor

Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.