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How to get licensed

If you have never been licensed, apply. Make sure that you have completed the requirements and submit all the necessary paperwork. more

If you are licensed in another state, and that state is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, you already hold a multi-state license and can practice in Rhode Island. If it is not, you must apply for a Rhode Island license.

Continuing Education/Training

Nurses seeking to renew a nursing license must complete 10 continuing education hours during every two-year licensing cycle. (Starting 2017 two of those hours must be about substance abuse.)

Continuing education courses must be approved by the Rhode Island Board of Registration and Nursing Education. Approved training includes: courses approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or its local chapter, other recognized professional nursing organizations, any department or school of nursing approved by a board of nursing; or such other professional, labor organization, or accrediting agency approved by the Board. At renewal, nurses must sign a statement attesting to completion of the continuing education requirements.

A six-month extension for the continuing education requirement may be granted by the Board if the nurse has suffered a hardship. Documentation of course completions should be retained for four years.

Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education