New Mexico LPN Programs
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New Mexico
Licensing is mandatory for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the state of New Mexico. LPNs practicing in New Mexico make about $43,000 annually, which is approximately $3000 more than the median average salary for this position, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Usually supervised by Registered Nurses (RNs), LPNs check a patient's vital signs, give medication, and help in simple medical procedures. LPNs are employed in nursing care facilities, hospitals, doctor's offices, home health care agencies, and employment services across the state of New Mexico. Employers of LPNs in New Mexico include Physician Practice Solutions in Manchester, Amedisys in Dover, The Morrison in Bartlett, Southern New Mexico Health System in Nashua, and Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.
Steps to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New Mexico
- Graduate with your high school diploma.
- Search for an online or campus based New Mexico LPN program approved by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing.
- Upon graduation, you may begin the application process to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of New Mexico. The first step in the process is to apply for a Nationwide Criminal History Screening. This involves filling out an online request form at www.bon.state.nm.us/fingerprint_form.php, sending in a background check processing fee of $44 payable to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, sending two completed Fingerprint Cards and one completed Fingerprint Certificate Form, a signed Authorization for Release of Information form. All of this should be mailed along with your completed Application for Licensure to the New Mexico State Board of Nursing (address in Step 4 below).
- Have the school you attended for your practical nurse training program send official transcripts to:
State of New Mexico Board of Nursing
6301 Indian School NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
- Complete the Application for Licensure, available at www.bon.state.nm.us/forms/RN_LPN_Exam_Sept09.pdf . It must be mailed along with a fee of $110 to the New Mexico State Board of Nursing (address in Step 4 above).
- Apply to Pearson Vue to take the national certification exam for LPNs (the NCLEX-PN). You can register to take the test by telephone (866-293-9600) or online at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex and pay the $200 testing fee using a credit card. Within 4 weeks of applying to take the test, Pearson Vue will send you an Authorization to Test, listing the date and location of your test. Tests are given across the United States, including the following cities in and around New Mexico: Albuquerque, El Paso (TX), Amarillo (TX), Lubbock (TX), and Pueblo (CO). If your state of permanent residence is a “compact state,” you cannot apply to take the national certification exam for LPNs in the state of New Jersey, but must take the exam in your home compact state. Compact states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. If you do not pass the NCLEX-PN after taking it three times, New Mexico requires that you take a “refresher course,” an advanced nursing course with both theory and clinical components, prior to attempting to take the examination again.
- Once the State of New Mexico Board of Nursing receives all application materials and your test score, they will review your application in the order in which it was received and get back to you when it is approved. At that time, you can apply for an LPN position in the state of New Mexico, at employers such as Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Albuquerque, Community Health Systems in Deming, and Encompass Home Health in Alamogordo.