Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - New Mexico Registered Nurses (RN's) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) have three (3) options which licensees may choose from in order to satisfy continuing competency requirements for each biennial (2 year) renewal period [N.M.A.C. § 22.214.171.124 and § 61-3-24 N.M.S.A. 1978]. Additional information can be found by visiting the New Mexico Board of Nursing.
- (1) Completion of thirty (30) contact hours of continuing education.
- (2) Obtain or renew a current nursing specialty certificate (this is not an APRN certification) during the licensure period.
- (3) Continue formal nursing education through a Board approved or a program with national nursing accreditation.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses including APRN's, CRNA's and CNS's - Certified Nurse Practitioners (APRN's), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS's) must complete a total of fifty (50) contact hours of approved CE each renewal. Additional information can be found by visiting the New Mexico Board of Nursing.
Military Exceptions - Nurses mobilized for military action are not required to meet the CE requirements if renewing while on active duty, other than training during military action. Additional information can be found by visiting the New Mexico Board of Nursing.