Nebraska is home to farms as far as the eye can see. But there’s a totally different side to the state that most people don’t know about. For example, visit Carhenge, a replica Stonehenge made with cars. Be in two places at once on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge where you can have one foot in Nebraska and one in Iowa. Or, for a truly unique experience, visit a fake town in Gering, NE. You can stop and get some fake gas. It’s not that expensive.
If you are a registered nurse (or are thinking of becoming one) read on to find the information you need, from licensing info, continuing education requirements, job & salary outlook, top hospitals, and nursing associations. Let us help you find your dream job!
In this article, we will cover:
- Licensing information
- Steps for renewing a Nebraska nursing license
- Continuing education requirements
- Job & salary outlook for nurses in Nebraska
- Top hospitals in Nebraska
- Nursing organizations & associations in Nebraska
- Basic steps for licensing and certification
- Contact information
Below are the fees for becoming a nurse in Nebraska whether you are a first-time nurse or are moving to Nebraska from another state. For more information visit the Nebraska licensing page.
Licensing fees by examination (first-time nurses):
- NCLEX fee: $200
- Application fee: $123
- Criminal background check fee: $45.25
Licensing fees by endorsement (already have RN licensure):
- Application fees: $123 (RN/LPN); $68 (APRN)
- Criminal background check fee: $45.25
License renewal fee:
- Application fee: $123 (RN/LPN); $68 (APRN)
Nebraska is a nursing compact state, which allows nurses to hold multi-state licenses.
*Fees are subject to change.
Steps for renewing a Nebraska nursing license
- Verify the status of your license
Visit the Verification page in order to confirm your license.
- Complete your Nebraska nursing continuing education requirements before your license expires
You can complete your nursing CEUs online, on your schedule, and 100% free with Incredible Health.
- Go to the Nebraska Board of Nursing Online Renewal System to request a license renewal
Visit the Renewal Information page for specifics. Nebraska is a compact state. If your Primary State of Residency is in another compact state do not apply for licensure in Nebraska unless you are declaring Nebraska as your Primary State of Residency.
Continuing education requirements
RN/LPN: 20 contact hours every 2 years and have practiced nursing for at least 500 hours during the past five years
APRN: 40 contact hours every 2 years in a given specialty (refer to Nebraska Board of Nursing CE page for specific requirements for each specialty); if a prescriber, an additional 10 hours in pharmacology are required.
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Job & salary outlook for nurses in Nebraska
Due to the shortage of nurses, these healthcare professionals are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the profession will grow by about 9% between 2020-2030. The annual mean wage is $69,480.
We can also help you check out salary estimates to help determine if Nebraska is the right state for you.
[ MORE: Average nurse salary in Nebraska ]
Top hospitals in Nebraska
If you’re not already picking up the phone to call movers, maybe this list of the best hospitals in Nebraska will sway you in the right direction. Here are the top hospitals according to U.S. News and World Report:
- Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE: This facility is rated high performing in 5 adult specialties and 10 procedures and conditions. This facility is a Magnet® recognized hospital. Some of the specialties include:
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
- Bryan Medical Center – Lincoln, NE: This facility is rated high performing in 14 adult procedures and conditions. Some specialties include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Procedures and conditions related to Orthopedics
- Back Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
- Nebraska Methodist Hospital – Omaha, NE: This facility is rated high performing in 8 adult procedures and conditions. It has also been recognized as a Magnet® hospital. Some specialties include:
*Magnet status – Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is considered the “gold standard” for excellence in nursing practice and care. Hospitals must meet certain criteria and apply to be designated.
Nursing organizations & associations in Nebraska
Once you become a registered nurse (or even if you’re in the process), joining a nursing organization or association will give you access to networking, job opportunities, and a wealth of information shared between fellow nurses. Here are a few of the organizations and associations for nurses in Nebraska:
Nebraska Nurses Association – The core priorities of this association include:
Nebraska Health Care Association – “The Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA) is a non-profit trade association representing proprietary, non-proprietary, and governmental nursing facilities. NNFA provides advocacy and education to its nursing facility members in support of their efforts to provide quality services to Nebraskans. NNFA’s members believe that the individuals they serve are entitled to the most professional and compassionate services.”
Nebraska Association for Home Healthcare & Hospice – “The Nebraska Association for Home Healthcare & Hospice impacts laws and policies at the state and federal levels that affect home care providers and patients.”
Check out the comprehensive list of national organizations as well.
Basic steps for licensing and certification
Step 1: Education
Attend an accredited nursing school to earn either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). An ADN will take between 18 and 24 months to complete, while you can expect to spend roughly four years to earn a BSN. If you already have an ADN, there is an ADN to BSN bridge program that allows you to earn a BSN in 12-18 months. There is also an RN to BSN bridge which takes three semesters of nursing courses to be completed in one year. These programs will save you time and money. The more education you have, the better your chances of landing your dream job.
Step 2: Licensing
When you are six weeks away from graduation, you can apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. There are 75 to 265 questions on the NCLEX-RN with a five-hour time limit for completion. If you do not pass the NCLEX-RN on your first attempt, you must wait 45 days before you can try again.
The NCLEX includes questions on the following topics to test nursing candidates’ knowledge:
1. Safe and effective care environment
2. Health promotion and maintenance
3. Psychosocial integrity
4. Physiological integrity
Step 3: Experience
This step in the process is to gain hands-on experience. This will provide you with invaluable opportunities to work with patients making you attractive to future employers.
Step 4: Certification
The final step is to obtain certifications for your chosen career. Requirements for earning a certification vary so it is important to check with the governing body for information. Incredible Health offers free courses in order to obtain or renew certification requirements. Create a free account to access professional development mandates and get instant certificates.
Expert advice from nurses like you
Nebraska Board of Nursing
Phone: (402) 471-3121 or (402) 471-4376
Email: [email protected]
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
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