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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: Successful completion of NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN

Option 2 requires the successful completion of the National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensing Examination.

You must apply to the Board of Nursing for approval to take NCLEX. You must register and take the NCLEX within 6 months of making application to the Board for approval to take the examination and you may only take the NCLEX once as a re-entry option.

Option 3: Distance education: On-line (RN Refresher )

Option 3 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
JHaywd@aol.com

Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Tel: (603) 663-2057
Contact: Louise Smith Cushing, MS, RN
Senior Education
lsmith@CMC-NH.org

Self-Study Refresher Programs

Distance Education (On-line)
A New Day: RN Refresher Program
www.ndrnrefresher.com
Contacts:
Linda Rose MHA, BSN, RN
Program Coordinator
Tel: (480) 628-0937
lrose2000@cox.net
Sandra Wyrick, PhD (c), MN, BSN, RN
President & Executive Director
Tel: (425) 478-0779
anewday.rnrefresher@gmail.com

South Dakota State University
College of Nursing, Continuing Nursing Education
RN & LPN Refresher Program
www.sdstate.edu/nurs
Contact: Sandy Malone
Program Assistant
Tel: (605) 688- 5745
sandra.malone@sdstate.edu

 

Structured Refresher Course for PNs

St. Joseph School of Practical Nursing
5 Woodward Avenue
Nashua, NH 03060
Tel: (603) 594-2527 or 1-800-370-3169
www.sjhacademiccenter.org
Contact: Margaret Moriarty-Litz, MS, RN, CNE


New Hampshire Board of Nursing
121 South Fruit Street   |  Concord, NH 03301
Nursing (603) 271-2323  |  Nursing Assistant (603) 271-6282
Fax (603) 271-6605