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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 New Mexico nursing license
- Continuing education requirements
- Job & salary outlook for nurses in New Mexico
- Top hospitals in New Mexico
- Nursing organizations & associations in New Mexico
- Basic steps for licensing and certification
- Contact information
Below are the fees for becoming a nurse in New Mexico whether you are a first-time nurse or are moving to New Mexico from another state. For more information visit the New Mexico licensing page.
Licensing fees by examination (first-time nurses):
- NCLEX fee: $200
- Application fee: $150
Licensing fees by endorsement (already have RN licensure):
- Applicaiton fee: $150 (RN/LPN); $100 (APRN initial license)
- Temporary permit: $60
License renewal fees:
- Application fee: $110 (RN/LPN/APRN)
Additionally, New Mexico is a nursing compact state, which allows nurses to hold multi-state licenses.
*Fees are subject to change.
**Most states require a background check, but prices are not always listed.
Steps for renewing a New Mexico nursing license
- Verify the status of your license
Visit the Verification page to confirm your license.
- Complete your New Mexico nursing continuing education requirements before your license expires
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- Go to the New Mexico Board of Nursing to enter your renewal application
Visit the Renewal Information page for specific requirements. Step-by-step instructions can be found in the Help Booklet. New Mexico is a compact state. If your Primary State of Residency is in another compact state do not apply for licensure in New Mexico unless you are declaring New Mexico as your Primary State of Residency.
Continuing education requirements
RN: 30 hours every 2 years
LPN: 30 hours every 2 years
APRN: 30 hours every 2 years, in addition to:
- APRNs must complete an additional 20 hours for their specialty, with additional requirements according to their DEA registration:
- With DEA registration: 5 hours related to CNP’s practice, 10 hours relating to Pharmacology, 5 hours in management of non-cancer pain
- WIthout DEA registration: 10 hours related to the CNP’s practice, 10 hours relating to Pharmacology
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Job & salary outlook for nurses in New Mexico
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 $75,700.
We can also help you check out salary estimates to help determine if New Mexico is the right state for you.
[ MORE: Average nurse salary in New Mexico ]
Top hospitals in New Mexico
If you’re not already picking up the phone to call movers, maybe this list of the best hospitals in New Mexico will sway you in the right direction. Here are the top hospitals according to U.S. News and World Report:
- Presbyterian Hospital – Albuquerque, NM: This facility is rated high performing in 8 adult procedures and conditions. Some specialties include:
- Colon Cancer Surgery
- Heart Attack & Heart Failure
- Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico – Las Cruces, NM: This is an acute long-term care hospital facility. Some specialties include:
- Conditions that affect the nerves and muscles that control breathing such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, and muscular dystrophy
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Alta Vista Regional Hospital – Las Vegas, NM: This hospital is a general medical and surgical facility. Some specialties include:
- Heart Failure
Nursing organizations & associations in New Mexico
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 New Mexico:
New Mexico Nurses Association – “New Mexico Nurses Association is committed to advocating for all licensed nurses, improving health care, and promoting life-long learning.”
Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Association of New Mexico – “Advancing nursing practice through education, research and standards.”
New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders – “As the voice of nursing leadership, the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders shapes healthcare policy, promotes nursing excellence and fosters collaboration through advocacy, professional development and networking.”
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
New Mexico Board of Nursing
Phone: (505) 841-8340
Fax: (505) 841-8347
6301 Indian School Road
Albuquerque, NM 87110
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