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Re-entry Process for RNs and LPNs

Nursing practice is always changing, and nurses who wish to return to practice after a period of inactivity must demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of practice changes that have occurred. Registered and Practical Nurses who have not been active in nursing practice for at least 400 hours in the 4 years immediately prior to date of application must complete a board approved re-entry program before permanent license to practice can be granted (RSA 326-B:16.) The approved options available to nurses have been designed to allow for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the new knowledge of the health care environment. The following options are board approved.

Option 1: Structured Refresher Course and Clinical Practicum

Option 1 requires completion of a formal refresher course that must be a minimum of 120 hours (40 theory/classroom hours and 80 clinical hours). The theory includes content from the sciences, nursing process, leadership and organization, nursing interventions, health promotion, and legal and ethical issues. Clinical practice must be supervised by a Registered Nurse. Courses are offered at various hospitals and educational institutions. Please note that most of the structured refresher courses exceed the minimum hours as established in the Administrative rules. The list of New Hampshire Board approved courses is at the end of this document.

You must have a temporary New Hampshire RN or PN license before beginning these classes. Your temporary license is issued after you have been accepted into the course. A temporary license CANNOT be issued until the Board has received and reviewed your New Hampshire Criminal Background Check. The temporary license only allows you to practice under the supervision of the Board approved re-entry course instructor.

Option 2: Distance education: On-line (RN Refresher )

Option 2 requires completion of an on-line refresher course that must be a minimum of 120 hours (40 theory/classroom hours and 80 clinical hours). The theory includes content from the sciences, nursing process, leadership and organization, nursing interventions, health promotion, and legal and ethical issues. Clinical practice must be supervised by a Registered Nurse. The nurse must provide a health care facility who is interested in providing clinical instruction, to the on line program. The program will verify with the facility that contract and preceptor obligations are met pursuant to Nur 602.15 (b) 602.01 (c). The list of New Hampshire Board approved courses is at the end of this document.

You must have a temporary New Hampshire RN or PN license before beginning these classes. Your temporary license is issued after you have been accepted into the course. A temporary license CANNOT be issued until the Board has received and reviewed your New Hampshire Criminal Background Check. The temporary license only allows you to practice under the supervision of the Board approved re-entry course instructor.

Approved Education Programs for Re-entry

Structured Refresher Courses for RNs

Nursing Management, Education and Clinical Consultants
14 Pemberton Road
Nashua, NH 03063
Tel: (603) 889-1580 (evenings)
Contact: Judith Haywood, EdD, RN
RN Coordinator
[email protected]

Self-Study Refresher Programs

Distance Education (On-line)
A New Day: RN Refresher Program
www.ndrnrefresher.com
Contact:
Sandra Wyrick, PhD, MN, BSN, RN
President & Executive Director
Tel: (425) 478-0779
Fax: (480) 656-9316
[email protected]

South Dakota State University
College of Nursing
Continuing Nursing Education
RN & LPN Refresher Courses
www.sdstate.edu/nurs
Contact: Linda Lemme
Box 2275, SQG 207
Brookings SD 57007
605-688-5745 Phone
605-688-6679 Fax

Distance Education RN-Reentry Clinical Site

Huggins Hospital
240 South Main Street
PO Box 912
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Tel: (603) 569-7500 x7379
Fax: 569-7509
[email protected]
www.hugginshospital.org
Contact:
Debbie Simone RN, Education Coordinator

 


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