Nebraska Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Nebraska
The scope of practice for a nurse, as defined by Nebraska, is that of a caring attitude, consulting with a patient and their family on the patient's health history, and assessing the needs of a patient. The nurse will work with the patient in order to create a care plan that fits and works well for that patient and their family, while at the same time creating the best possible outcome for the patient's health.
Online Nursing Courses for Nebraska Residents
Online classes are not permissible, in Nebraska, except in the case of continuing education, prerequisites, and any class offered exclusively by the nursing school with approval from the state's board of nursing.
Nebraska Nursing Schools
All nurses, in Nebraska, must complete a state approved course. Partial completion of a course or corp training does not fulfill this requirement, so any student that has not completed a Nebraska based program or other state in full, must retake the courses. As with most states, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) training requires at least one year and Registered Nurse (RN) degrees require two years for Associates degree and four for Bachelor's.
Nebraska Licensing Requirements
All students that graduate from nursing school must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before a license will be issued by the state. This test is computerized and the student will answer approximately 75-205 questions. The questions are given until the computer software has determined the capability of the test taker. It is possible to complete and pass the exam in as little as 75 questions. The majority of students pass the NCLEX, as moving to computer testing has helped eliminate the anxiety of large auditorium or gymnasium based pencil and paper tests. If you pass the NCLEX, you will be issued a nursing license the same day. You will be entered into the nurse registry and in about one month your license will arrive in the mail. It may take up to six weeks for the license to arrive, but you are eligible to look for work as soon as your test results have been entered into the nurse registry. Since Nebraska participates in the National Licensure Compact, you may work in any other state in the compact without transferring your license unless you plan to move to that state.
Nebraska License Renewal
Nebraska requires renewal every two years. You must also complete continuing education as detailed by the board of nursing after your first two years has passed. A set number of hours worked may be required as well. RN licenses expire in even numbered years, while LPN licenses expire in odd years. Renewal fees are (in 2011) $123.00.