Becoming an LPN in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico strives to ensure a higher quality of patient care by promoting proactive leadership, continued education, and mutual respect. Individuals interested in becoming part of the growing community of healthcare workers can become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) by completing state requirements. Per a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Mexico LPN jobs could increase to as much as 6% per year by 2024, making the state a desirable destination for nurses nation-wide. As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), nurses from other NLC states do not require endorsement for licensing.
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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 Mexico LPN Licensing Requirements
Some of the physical requirements to become an LPN in New Mexico may include strength, including the ability to lift patients, pull and push machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running. Educational requirements include completing a board-certified LPN program and passing the NCLEX-PN examination.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Official transcript from approved program directly from the program source.
- Proof of English competency.
- Submit a criminal background check.
Verification Forms and Licensing (http://nmbon.sks.com/Application_for_Licensure.aspx)
Foreign applicants not only need to submit the items above, but they must also provide a full course review of the attended nursing program from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) with their original transcripts coming directly from the academic source. They must also provide Verification of English Competency.
New Mexico LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 30 hours of approved continued education within each 2 year period for renewal.
Additional NM Nursing Resources
New Mexico Board of Nursing
6301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 841-8340
Fax: (505) 841-8347
1. New Mexico Nurses Association (http://www.nmna.org)
LPN Salary: New Mexico vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
New Mexico LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of New Mexico was $46,600—more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of New Mexico (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=35&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 6% increase in LPN jobs in New Mexico by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 80 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 Mexico Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in New Mexico. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Albuquerque 950 $23.03 $47,900 Las Cruces 250 $22.10 $45,970 Farmington 120 $22.03 $45,830 Santa Fe 100 $23.68 $49,260