Rhode Island Nursing License

Are you an RN who is interested in getting your Rhode Island nursing license? The Ocean State offers beauty, relaxation, and that unique New England charm. It’s in a great location making day trips to other nearby states very easy on days off.

American Mobile Healthcare can help you get there with the guidance, advice, and expertise you need! And in some cases, we can reimburse you for your Rhode Island nursing license fee so money can’t be the reason holding you back from your next adventure!

How to Get a Nursing License in Rhode Island

Obtaining a Rhode Island nursing license all starts with a visit to the Rhode Island Board of Nursing.

Here are some quick, high-level facts to know before you begin the licensing process:

  • Rhode Island is no longer a Compact State as of 2018 (more info on that below)
  • A temporary license is good for 90 days, is issued only once, and takes approximately 4 weeks
  • A permanent RN license takes approximately 8 weeks
  • NURSYS participating

Like many other states, there are two primary pathways to obtaining a Rhode Island nursing license:

  • Examination
  • Endorsement

Nurses who hold an active license in another state may apply by endorsement, while new graduates must obtain a license by examination. The licensing fee is currently $135.

Documents needed for getting your Rhode Island nursing license:

  1. Completed application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Photocopy of active, out-of-state-license (endorsement)
  4. Recent passport-type photo
  5. Copy of evidence of primary address
  6. Verification from all states of licensure (endorsement)

Need to Renew Your Nursing License?

RNs seeking to renew a nursing license must complete 10 continuing education hours during every two-year licensing cycle, two of those hours must be about substance abuse.

Licenses expire March 1 every two years following the date of issuance of the original license. And not to worry, if you already hold an active license, you will get a reminder! Renewal notices are sent out 60 days before your expiration date. The fee for a Rhode Island nursing license renewal is currently $135.

Rhode Island Is Not A Compact State

Rhode Island is currently not a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) as of January 2018, but awaiting on pending legislation. You can view a list of the most recent NLC states and information.

Begin Your Rhode Island Journey

There’s no time like the present! Don’t delay and get started today. You can search for jobs in Rhode Island or simply connect with a recruiter to find out more about the licensing process. By using our job search tool, you can find high-paying travel nursing jobs within your specialty in the state of Rhode Island or another desired location throughout the U.S.

If you aren’t ready to search for more jobs and you’re still in the discovery phase, feel free to fill out a quick online form to get connected with one of our recruiters who specializes in the Rhode Island nursing license process!


Contact information for the State Board:

Rhode Island Board of Nursing and Nursing Education | Health Department Building, 3 Capitol Hill, Rm 105; | Phone: (401) 222-5700; Rhode Island Dept. of Health Website


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