Nebraska Nursing License

Between the fresh air and one of the shortest average commuting times in the nation, it's easy to see why Nebraska is always ranked as one of the best places to live. The mix of Midwestern and Western flavors blend nicely in this state at the center of America's heartland. The state’s largest cities, like Omaha and Lincoln, are full of fun things to do, too, like sports, shopping, dining and nightlife. Hungry? Sink your teeth into a real Nebraska steak, a rite of passage for those passing through.

If you're ready to experience the Cornhuskter State, the friendly team at Onward Healthcare is here to help. We can guide you through the Nebraska nursing license process and even help you find your next Nebraska travel nursing assignment.

About the Nebraska License Process

The licensing team at Onward Healthcare is available to answer any questions and help you through the state licensure process, ensuring a quick turnaround for your Nebraska travel nurse license. Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services is a place to go should you need to access your online profile.

How to Apply for a Nebraska Nursing License by Endorsement

Nurses who do not have an NLC multistate license but hold a current nursing license in another state or U.S. territory can apply for licensure by endorsement, through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Nursing.

Nebraska’s eligibility requirements for licensure by endorsement:

You must have graduated from an approved nursing program and have passed the NCLEX or SBTPE exam

You meet one of the following continuing competency requirements:

  • Practiced nursing for at least 500 hours within the last 5 years
  • Graduated from an approved nursing program within the last 5 years, or
  • Completed a Board-approved refresher course within the last 5 years.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen, a legal U.S. immigrant, or be able to live and/or work in the U.S. lawfully.

Nurses who meet all of these requirements can submit an application with:

  • $123 licensing fee (talk to a recruiter about possible reimbursement)
  • Verification of current and past nursing licenses
  • Documentation of any discipline or conviction records
  • Official nursing school transcripts, sent by the school
  • Fingerprints for a background check through the Nebraska State Patrol

Nebraska can issue temporary nursing licenses pending receipt of either the results of the criminal background check or official transcripts. Temporary licenses are valid for 60 days or until the expiration of your other state license, whichever occurs first.

How to Renew Your License in Nebraska

Nebraska’s RN licenses expire on October 31st of each even-numbered year, and LPN licenses expire on October 31st of odd-numbered years.

To renew a Nebraska nursing license, you must complete the online renewal process or submit the paper renewal application, attest to having met the requirements of continued competency, and pay the license renewal fee.

Nebraska Compact Nursing License

Nebraska participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to have one multistate nursing license. If you hold a multistate license in a compact state, issued by your primary state of residency, you can practice in any of the other compact member states!


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