Nurse Licensing Info
Types of Credentials Issued by Nebraska
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN-CNS): An RN who holds a master's or doctoral degree in a nursing clinical specialty area and has successfully completed a graduate-level clinical nurse specialist education program.
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (APRN-CRNA): An RN who has advanced education and certification to work in the field of anesthesia.
- Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP): An RN who has advanced education and licensure to manage common health problems and chronic conditions including prescribing treatments and medications.
- Certified Nurse Midwife (APRN-CNM): An RN who has advanced education and certification to attend cases of normal childbirth in hospitals and birthing centers, and provide normal obstetrical and gynecological services to women. A CNM may not attend a home delivery. CNMs may also prescribe treatments and medications.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Nine months to one year of education in a community college. Must always practice under the direction of a registered nurse or other licensed practitioner.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Two to four years of education at a college or university. Registered nurses may practice independently.