Becoming an LPN in Nebraska
The state of Nebraska strives to improve the quality of health for everyone by providing safe patient care by licensing health professionals and educating the public about safe practices and available services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 15% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in the state of Nebraska by 2024. The increase in jobs has created quite a stir among hopefuls and has individuals flocking to state-approved schools for licensure. As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), Nebraska doesn't require additional licensing for transferring nurses from other NLC states.
There are more than 10 community colleges, vocational programs, and private schools across the state of Nebraska that offer LPN programs.
Program Details4500 63rd Street, Columbus, NE 68602 Request Information3134 W Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68802 Request Information3519 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847 Request Information7000 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68106 Request Information5300 N 30th S, Omaha, NE 68103 Request Information601 W State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101 Request Information801 East Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701 Request Information4771 West Scott Road, Beatrice, NE 68310 Request Information8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520 Request Information1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.
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Nebraska LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in Nebraska, individuals must be attend a state-approved nursing program, lasting 9 months to 1 year. Once that is complete, he or she must sit and pass the NCLEX-PN exam—the required state-test to show proficiency.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Wallet sized photo.
- Copy of birth certificate or lawful presence.
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program (sent directly from education source).
LPN Applications (http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_rn-lpn_apps.aspx)
Nebraska allows nurses from other states that are members of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm) to practice within its borders without additional licensing.
LPN’s from states outside of the compact area can apply for a Nebraska license by endorsement by including the following with their application:
- Official transcripts from their state-approved nursing program.
- Proof of license in another state and having passed the NCLEX.
- Proof of age and citizenship.
- Must have graduated from a state-approved program within the last 2 years or practiced 500 hours nursing within the past 5 years.
Individuals who've studied abroad and hold licensing in other countries must not only provide the items above, but they must also submit the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) evaluation of a completed a full course-by-course review and English proficiency testing results. The applicant must also sit for and pass the NCLEX exam if he or she hasn’t already.
Nebraska LPN licenses expire October 31st of every odd-numbered year and require 20 contact hours continued education for renewal.
Additional NE Nursing Resources
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone: (402) 471-4376
Fax: (402) 471-1066
LPN Salary: Nebraska vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Nebraska LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Nebraska was $39,000. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Nebraska (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=31&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 15% increase in LPN jobs in Nebraska by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 270 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Nebraska Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Nebraska. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Omaha, Council Bluffs 1,860 $20.02 $41,630 Lincoln 840 $18.75 $38,990 Grand Island 310 $18.36 $38,190