Becoming an LPN in New Hampshire
The State of New Hampshire strives to promote professional nursing and improve health standards for all people in the state. By advancing the development of nursing, they seek to not only improve the quality of service but its availability to the community. The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 17% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in New Hampshire by 2024.To meet this growing demand for nurses, applicants can apply for a New Hampshire LPN license by either exam or by endorsement. New Hampshire participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact, allowing nurses from other NLC states to practice in the state without additional licensure.
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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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New Hampshire LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in New Hampshire, the applicant must attend a state-approved nursing program that has a minimum combination of 600 classroom and clinical hours. Once coursework and hands-on training are complete, the graduate must sit for and pass the NCLEX exam.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program sent directly from the school Registrar.
- Application for temporary license.
- Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
- Fingerprinting and criminal background check.
Licensing Applications and Forms (http://www.nh.gov/nursing/forms/index.htm#la)
As 1 of 24 states in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), New Hampshire does not require additional licensing for nurses from other NLC states practicing within its jurisdiction. Nurses from outside of the compact area are encourage to apply for licensing in the state of New Hampshire by submitting an application for endorsement and providing:
- Verification of original licensure.
- Proof of working at least 400 hours in the past 4 years.
- Completed 30 hours continued education credits in the past 2 years.
- (Foreign educated and licensed nurses) Submit a course-by-course evaluation of original transcript to by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
New Hampshire LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 30 hours of continued education during the licensing period to renew.
Additional NH Nursing Resources
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
121 South Fruit Street, Suite 16
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2323
Fax: (603) 271-6605
1. New Hampshire Nurses' Association (http://www.nhnurses.org/)
LPN Salary: New Hampshire vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
New Hampshire LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of New Hampshire was $47,300—more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of New Hampshire (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=33&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 17% increase in LPN jobs in New Hampshire by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 100 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)
New Hampshire Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in New Hampshire. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Manchester 470 $24.87 $51,740 Nashua 300 $23.25 $48,370 Portsmouth 240 $23.68 $49,250 Dover, Durham 140 $22.60 $47,020