The Puerto Rico Board of Nursing is responsible for granting practice authority to RNs, including those that practice at a level that may be considered similar to that of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the US (including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists). Puerto Rico’s Board of Nursing administers two different exams that are designed for nurse licensure applicants with varying levels of preparatory education, and that are specific to the two distinct levels of licensure the Board grants.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has made an attempt at determining equivalency among Puerto Rico nurse licensure standards and those maintained by US jurisdictions as they pertain to education, certification, and examination; including exam security measures, assessment standards and pass rates, as well as validation procedures. The NCSBN’s ongoing comparison also looks to determine equivalency with regard to scope of practice for RNs and advanced practice registered nurses in the US and Puerto Rico.
At this time, the Puerto Rico Board of Nursing is considered an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), but no final determination has been made as to the level of equivalency that may or may not exist between Puerto Rico’s licensing standards and practice privileges and those in other US licensing jurisdictions.
All nurse licensing process inquiries should be directed to the Puerto Rico Board of Nursing:
Building GM Group 3rd. – Urb. Caribe floor
1590 Ponce de Leon Street
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 00926
Puerto Rico Nurse Practitioner Salary
The largest majority of registered nurses in Puerto Rico work in the Mayaguez (1090 licensed RNs), Ponce (1610 licensed RNs) and San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo (14170 licensed RNs) areas.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) RN classification, which includes both advanced practitioners and registered nurses, shows that the nurses in Puerto Rico who earned within the 90th percentile in 2020 had salaries in the range of $35,450, for those in Aguadilla-Isabela, on up to $50,480 in the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo area.
Here you will find the full hourly and annual break-down of nurse salaries in Puerto Rico, by city, ranging from median to 90th percentile:
Registered Nurse Salary
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Salary
Nurse Administrator Salary
(Includes Nurse Managers, Directors, and Chief Nursing Officers)
Nurse Anesthetists Salary
These tables provide salary and employment information compiled by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2020. The data contained herein does not include self-employed nurses in independent practice.
When responding to the salary survey, some advanced practice registered nurses identified themselves as RNs while others identified themselves as health diagnosing and treating practitioners. When available, both sets of data were included for comparative purposes.