New Hampshire Nursing License

The state is dotted with many historical sites and attractions as well as great natural beauty. From its heavily forested north country and rugged White Mountains to its tranquil blue lakes and romantic coastline, New Hampshire is arguably one of the most dazzling jewels in New England's crown. Travel nurses in New Hampshire are free to enjoy the state’s New England charm during their assignments, including quaint towns, historic landmarks, a small Atlantic seashore, and the majestic White Mountains. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout the year.

If you need help navigating the New Hampshire nursing license process, Onward Healthcare's license experts are here to help. Our friendly staff can answer all your questions and walk you through the New Hampshire nurse license process, and in some cases, may reimburse your licensing fees. 

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Your New Hampshire Nurse License Guide

Whether you already hold a multistate nursing license with the Nurse Licensure Compact or need to get your New Hampshire RN license by endorsement, the team at Onward Healthcare can help you find the right travel assignment, set you up with housing, and get you licensed to practice in the beautiful Granite State.

Applying for a New Hamshire Nurse License

Nurses who do not have an NLC multistate license can apply for licensure by an endorsement through the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON).

A New Hampshire nurse license application may be completed using the state’s online licensing system, and applicants must pay the endorsement licensure fee (currently $120 for RNs). FBI fingerprint and the criminal record release authorization forms must be filed with the NH Division of State Police, and received and reviewed by the Board of Nursing before a license can be issued.

What You Need To Know About Endorsement

Endorsement, also known as reciprocity, is the licensure process for those who have never held a nursing license in New Hampshire but have successfully passed the NCLEX and currently hold an active nursing license in another state or U.S. territory. Endorsement applicants are required to have 400 hours of active-in-practice within the immediate previous 4 years and show that they have either passed the NCLEX or completed 30 continuing education contact hours within the past two years.

Nurses applying for licensure by endorsement may request an application for a temporary license to allow them to practice nursing in the state while their application is being processed. Applicants can use the NHBON website or the Nursys verification system for their nursing license lookup.

Steps To Renew Your New Hampshire Nursing License

Every licensed nurse in New Hampshire must renew her/his license every two years, before midnight of her/his birthday. Licensees are notified by mail approximately 6 weeks before their renewal date and are encouraged to submit their license application online, via the state board of nursing’s website.

Is New Hampshire a Compact Nursing State?

Yes! New Hampshire participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows RNs or LPNs to have one multistate nursing license. Over 30 states are considered a compact state for nursing licenses, which allows travel nurses to take jobs in different locations!

If you hold a multistate license in a compact state, issued by your primary state of residency, you can work travel nursing jobs in New Hampshire (and other compact states) without applying for a new license.


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