New Hampshire is home to a population of more than 1.3 million people, and healthcare officials are concerned how the nursing shortage will impact patient care. In 2009, New Hampshire joined forces with Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with the help of a $250,000 grant and other grants, in order to increase the number of teachers and training opportunities for nurses interested in pursuing advanced degrees. With an aging baby boomer population who will require more advanced treatment in the coming years, coupled with the fact that a lot of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement age, advanced nurses, such as nurse practitioners, will be in even higher demand.
It is estimated that by 2020, the nursing shortage in New Hampshire will more than double, leaving them a deficit of more than 4,000 nurses. The New Hampshire Board of Nursing currently licenses professional nurses at the following levels:
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
- Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
- Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (ANP-PSYCH)
- Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-PSYCH)
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP>
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Nursing Licensure in New Hampshire
Nursing licensure requirements are governed individually by each state, and each state’s Nursing Board is responsible for regulating the profession. The New Hampshire Board of Nursing will only issue licenses to candidates who have completed all of the necessary requirements. In order to work as a professional nurse in the state of New Hampshire, applicants must first:
- Complete a board-approved nursing program
- Receive a passing grade on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
- Complete the necessary continuing education requirements: 30 contact hours within renewal period of LPNs and RNs; 30 hours for RN licensure and 30 additional hours specific to the area of advanced practice specialization for APRNs
- Renew license every two years before the license expiration date
As mentioned above, advanced practice nurses have differing requirements in order to obtain and maintain your license. Eligibility requirements vary depending on your area of practice.
Average Nursing Salaries in New Hampshire
All salary data is as of May 2011.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for registered nurses in the United States is $69,110. When compared to the national average, New Hampshire’s nurses are earning an average of about $4,000 less per year; the state’s average salary is $65,280. Of New Hampshire’s top five major metropolitan areas, only two have averages higher than the national average: Lawrence-Methuen-Salem at $79,180 and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford at $72,820.
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