Nebraska Nursing License
The decision to become a nurse may be made for a variety of reasons – be it the desire to help those in need, work in an in demand job, or have ample opportunities for growth in your chosen specialty – however the path to becoming one is not easy. Like all states, there are strict requirements and for those looking to become an RN in Nebraska. Additionally, Nebraska nursing schools often have a myriad of requirements that must be met before entrance is granted so it’s crucial to thoroughly understand everything before applying.
LPN vs RN vs NP
While many Hollywood movies portray a singular type of nurse – the one that draws blood or assists the doctor in life saving procedures – the truth is that there are actually various types of nurses separated by qualifications and degrees. There is the LPN (licensed practical nurse), the RN (registered nurse), and the NP (nurse practitioner).
The LPN and RN are the two most common types of positions applied for as an NP often goes through eight years of schooling to complete all of the requirements. A licensed practical nurse, on the other hand, only completes anywhere from 9months-1year of schooling while a registered nurse completes 2-4 years of schooling.
Becoming an LPN in Nebraska
To become an LPN, the candidate must complete the approved LPN program which typically lasts months to a year. These programs are typically offered at community colleges and will allow the candidate to work under the direction of an RN once they have successfully completed the course and passed the exam.
After passing the course, a candidate must then take the NCLEX-PN exam offered by the Nebraska Board of Nursing. This exam is a standardized test that will verify the candidate’s knowledge and ability to put all they have learned into practice. Once the test has been passed, the Nebraska Board of Nursing will award the new LPN their licensure and certificate which will allow them to then apply at various hospitals, nursing homes, and companies throughout the state.
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Becoming an RN in Nebraska
The road to becoming a RN is longer than a LPN; however it offers more freedom and enables the nurse to be independent and not be under the direction of another nurse. To become a RN in Nebraska, the candidate must apply and complete a two or four year nursing program at an accredited college, university, or hospital.
Before a RN candidate can be certified they must take the NCLEX-RN exam offered by the Nebraska Board of Education. To be qualified to sit at the exam, the candidate must have either an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, which takes two years, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which takes four. While the Associates Degree is far shorter, the four year BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) often carries a higher sense of esteem with it and is given preference by hospitals throughout the state.
Once the candidate has completed either the two or four year nursing program, they will then be eligible to sit at the NCLEX exam where their knowledge and skills will be tested. Upon passing, the Nebraska Board of Nursing will award them their credentials and a certificate.
Nebraska BSN Requirements
Due to there being various BSN programs offered at colleges and universities across Nebraska, the entrance requirements will vary slightly. A high school diploma is necessary before applying to any Nebraska college, additionally, understanding that a four year program requires the completion of various arts and science classes alongside the nursing courses is essential. A four year program lasts eight semesters and is roughly 130 credit hours. Applying full time will ensure the student completes the program in the minimum four years, however going part time can extend schooling length significantly and may not be permitted by the nursing program at the school you’re enrolled at.
Nebraska Nursing Schools
There are many different colleges and universities throughout Nebraska that offer a nursing program. Below are just a few to choose from:
- Nebraska Methodist College – features a four year nursing program that has an 87% pass rate for the NCLEX on the first attempt
- University of Nebraska – has an accelerated BSN program that is competitive yet features a twelve month completion time as opposed to four years.
- Nebraska Wesleyan – has a four year nursing program that gives students extensive clinical hours for hands on training and practice.
Salary and Career Info
The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Nebraska licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.