Rhode Island Nursing License

Why work in Rhode Island? Billing itself as "the biggest little state in the union," Rhode Island isn't so much small as it is concentrated with a whole lot of culture, history, fun and possibilities — not to mention nursing career opportunities — crammed into a small but cozy geographic space. With its rich 350 years of dynamic history, 400 miles of beautiful coastline and all kinds of unique attractions, Rhode Island may be tiny, but it packs a punch! Ready to take that exicting opportunity in the Ocean State?

Onward Healthcare is here to help you with all your Rhode Island nursing license need. From expert tips, to finding your next Rhode Island travel nursing job, to even being able to reimburse you in some cases. Let us help you on your next great travel nurse adventure.

About the Rhode Island License Process

Obtaining a Rhode Island nursing license all starts with a visit to the Rhode Island Board of Nursing.

Here are some quick, high-level facts to know before you begin the licensing process:

  • Rhode Island is no longer a Compact State as of 2018 (more info on that below)
  • A temporary license is good for 90 days, is issued only once, and takes approximately 4 weeks
  • A permanent RN license takes approximately 8 weeks
  • NURSYS participating

How to Get a Nursing License in Rhode Island

Like many other states, there are two primary pathways to obtaining a Rhode Island nursing license:

  • Examination
  • Endorsement

Nurses who hold an active license in another state may apply by endorsement, while new graduates must obtain a license by examination. The licensing fee is currently $135.

Top Rhode Island D.C. Nursing License Q&As

What documents are needed for getting your Rhode Island nursing license?

  1. Completed application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Photocopy of active, out-of-state-license (endorsement)
  4. Recent passport-type photo
  5. Copy of evidence of primary address
  6. Verification from all states of licensure (endorsement)


What's Needed to Renew Your Nursing License?

RNs seeking to renew a nursing license must complete 10 continuing education hours during every two-year licensing cycle, two of those hours must be about substance abuse.

Licenses expire March 1 every two years following the date of issuance of the original license. And not to worry, if you already hold an active license, you will get a reminder! Renewal notices are sent out 60 days before your expiration date. The fee for a Rhode Island nursing license renewal is currently $135.

Is Rhode Island A Compact State?

Rhode Island is no longer a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) as of January 2018. You can click here for the most current list of member states as well as more information on the compact.

What Is Rhode Island state board contact information?

Rhode Island Board of Nursing and Nursing Education | Health Department Building, 3 Capitol Hill, Rm 105; | Phone: (401) 222-5700; Rhode Island Dept. of Health Website

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