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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. RNs and LPNs 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 active 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 for the state of New Hampshire.

Option 1: Structured Refresher Course and Clinical Practicum

Option 1 requires a successful 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 an active temporary New Hampshire RN or PN license in place for this process. Your temporary license is issued after you have been accepted into the course and submitted an application for licensure. If you have not held a nursing license in NH before, a temporary license CANNOT be issued until the Board has received and reviewed the results of your New Hampshire Criminal Background Check requirement. The temporary license only allows you to practice under the supervision of the Board approved re-entry course instructor within the state of NH.

 

Option 2: Distance education: On-line Refresher Courses

Option 2 requires a successful completion of an on-line refresher course that must be a minimum of 120 hours (40 theory 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 an active temporary New Hampshire RN or PN license in place for this process. Your temporary license is issued after you have been accepted into the course and submitted an application for licensure. If you have not held a nursing license in NH before, a temporary license CANNOT be issued until the Board has received and reviewed the results of your New Hampshire Criminal Background Check requirement. The temporary license only allows you to practice under the supervision of the Board approved re-entry course instructor clinical site within the state of NH.

 

Approved Education Programs for Re-entry Options

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]
Approved through 10/2019

 

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]

Approved through 01/2018

Distance Education (On-line)
SEAHEC
School of Nursing, UNC-Chapel Hill
www.ncahec.net
Contact: Saralyn Gillikin, MSN, RNC
Email: [email protected]
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Tel: (910) 667-9347
Approved through 11/2018

Distance Education (On-line)

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

Approved through 05/2018

 

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
Approved as of 4/21/2016 as a clinical site.


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