New Hampshire

For RN and LPN licensure:

Nur 302.02 Qualifications for Initial Registered and Practical Nurses Licensure by Examination

 Each applicant for an initial registered or practical nurse license by examination shall:

               (a)  Meet the general requirements of Nur 302.01; and

               (b)  Meet either education requirement:

(1)  Graduated from a board approved nursing education program in the United States or Canada that meets the requirements set forth in Nur 600, including the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN course requirements; or

(2)  Graduated from a nursing program outside the United States or Canada;

               (c)  Take and pass either the:

(1)  NCLEX exam if a graduate of a board approved nursing education program in the United States or Canada; or

(2)  A nationally accepted accrediting agency examination endorsed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing examination and NCLEX if a graduate of a board approved nursing education program outside the United States or Canada.

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               (a)  The curriculum shall be derived from the program’s written philosophy and organizing framework and shall demonstrate logical sequencing and internal consistency.

               (b)  To promote health and prevent disease, registered nurse programs shall provide a minimum of 1080 hours of nursing classroom instruction and concurrent clinical practice offering students the opportunity to care for individuals, families, groups and communities during various developmental stages who are experiencing physiological, or psychosocial, or environmental disruptions.

               (c)  To promote health and prevent disease practical nurse programs shall provide a minimum of 600 hours of nursing classroom instruction and concurrent clinical practice offering students the opportunity to care for individual, families, groups and communities during various developmental stages that shall be considered to be in physiologically or psychosocially, noncomplex, stable situations.

               (d)  Curricular content related to nursing courses shall include concurrent theoretical and clinical components designed to provide instructional activities benefiting individuals, families, and groups across the life span.

               (e)  Curriculum components shall include:

(1) Experiences that promote clinical judgment, clinical management, and commitment to improving quality and safety of the health care system; and

(2) Evidence-based learning experiences and methods of instruction, including distance education methods, which are consistent with the curriculum, provided that:

a.  Faculty supervised clinical practice shall provide clinical hours consistent with Nur 602.12 (b), (c) and (d);

b.  Simulation may be utilized as a teaching strategy in laboratory and clinical settings to meet objectives for purpose of calculating the hours in the curriculum;

c.  Simulation will not be in lieu of an entire clinical experience; and 

d. Clinical experiences, including those with preceptors, shall be directed by readily available nurse-educator faculty members; and

For APRN licensure:

Nur 301.03 Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Licensure

               (a)  This section shall apply to each registered nurse licensed in New Hampshire and to each nurse who holds a current, unencumbered registered nurse license from a compact state pursuant to RSA 326-B:46, who seeks licensure in New Hampshire as an APRN.

               (b)  Each applicant seeking licensure as an APRN under this section shall submit:

(1)  Evidence of completion of an accredited advanced nursing education program that includes:

a.  At least 225 hours of theoretical nursing content; and

b. At least 480 hours of clinical nursing practice, including precepted experience and pharmacological interventions;

(2)  A final, official transcript from a nurse practitioner program, accredited by a national accrediting body, that demonstrates that the applicant earned a:

a.  Graduate or post-masters graduate degree; or

b.  Certificate prior to July 1, 2004;

(3)  Documentation from the director of the program identified pursuant to (2) above for each pharmacology course taken but not reflected on the transcript, verifying integration of pharmacological interventions;

(4)  Evidence of competence to practice, as a result of participation in and completion of the nurse practitioner program. 

               (a)  Each applicant for an initial advanced registered nurse practitioner license shall:

(1)  Meet the general requirements of Nur 302.01;

(2)  Hold a current and unencumbered RN license issued by the board or a multi-state license issued by another compact state;

(3)  Have either:

a.  Earned a graduate degree in an accredited advanced registered nurse practitioner education program; or

b.  Graduated before July 1, 2004 from a APRN education program accredited by a national accrediting body that meets the requirements of Nur 600;

(4)  Be competent to practice as a result of graduation from an educational program that complies with (3) above that has been recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in the specialty area of practice;

(5)  Hold current certification from a national certifying body, recognized by the by National Council of State Boards of Nursing, that specializes in the APRN area of practice;

(6)  Have used advanced practice nursing knowledge, judgment, and skills for at least 400 hours within the 4 years immediately preceding the application; and

(7)  If the applicant graduated from an advanced nurse practitioner program 2 or more years prior to the date of application, taken:

a.  At least 30 educational contact hours to satisfy the requirements of RN continuing competence; and

b.  An additional 30 hours, at least 5 of which shall be training in pharmacology appropriate to the specialty, within 2 years immediately prior to date of application.

               (b)  Current certification as described in (a)(5) above may be counted for 30 of the 60 contact hour requirement of (a)(7).

 

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