Welcome to the Cornhusker state!
Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.
Nebraska is a compact state. If you are moving to Nebraska or claiming it as your primary state of residence, you will need to apply for application by endorsement in order to use your license in Nebraska. General instructions are listed below.
Below are general guidelines for endorsement.
You must be a graduate of an approved nursing program
Provide proof of citizenship
Meet one of the following criteria
500 hours of practice as an RN
Graduation from a nursing program within the last two years
Complete a refresher course
Criminal background check. Fee is $28.75. See link for information and instructions.
You must have passing NCLEX or SBTPE scores
Submit a complete application. The fee is $123
Licenses expire on the 31st of October during odd numbered years. Renewals cost $123. You must maintaing continuing competence by working at least 500 hours as an RN and completing 20 contact hours of continuing education. Click here for continuing education details. You may also click here to view continuing competency alternatives.
Click here for renewal FAQ.
Verification of licensure can be obtained at Nursys. If your state does not participate in this verification system then you must fill out the Nebraska Verification of Licensure Form included in the application and send it to your original state of licensure, along with the required fee. You will need to contact your state for determination of fees.
If you graduated from a foreign education program please see this Website for further information. Graduates of a foreign education program must also pass an English-language proficiency exam with either:
For Canadian nurses, you must pass the English version of CNATES or CRNE. Link here
Kim Lewis, Health Licensing Specialist
Licensure Unit, Nursing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone (402) 471-4925