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New Jersey Partially Implements Nurse Licensure Compact

New Jersey is allowing nurses holding active multi-state (compact) licenses to work in the state. this state under their multi-state licenses. Nurses holding a license from a non-compact state can apply for accelerated temporary licensure by reciprocity. You can find more on the NJ DCA alert here.

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New Mexico & Out-of-State Quarantine

To limit community transmission of COVID-19, the New Mexico Department of Health is asking anyone traveling into New Mexico from outside the state to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for any symptoms. You can find the full release here.


Florida Board of Nursing Extends License Expiration Dates

Due to the demand of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Florida Board of Nursing has extended the licensure renewal expiration date until May 31, 2020 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between March 21 and April 30, 2020. You can find the complete announcement here.

Texas Gov. Abbott Takes Action to Expand Nursing Workforce

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has waived several regulations to help meet Texas’ growing need for nurses as the state responds to the COVID-19 virus. The Governor’s actions will expand Texas’ active nursing workforce by doing the following:

  • Allowing temporary permit extensions to practice for graduate nurses and graduate vocational nurses who have yet to take the licensing exam
  • Allowing students in their final year of nursing school to meet their clinical objectives by exceeding the 50% limit on simulated experiences
  • Allowing nurses with inactive licenses or retired nurses to reactivate their licenses

Read the official announcement from the Texas Governor's Office here.

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Alabama BON Eases Restrictions to Address Nursing Shortage

At an emergency meeting called on March 20, 2020, the Alabama Board of Nursing adopted a new policy which addresses a number of licensing issues. The rule, which takes immediate effect, is intended to address barriers to patient care and staffing issues arising from the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. Here are the key takeaways:

  • The fee for reactivation of a retired nursing license within two years of retirement is reduced from $600 to $250 for the duration of the public health emergency.
  • CE requirements for reinstatement of a lapsed license or reactivation of a retired license are suspended for the duration of the public health emergency.
  • Advanced practice nurses are granted a 15-day grace period from the date of expiration of national certification for the Board to receive primary source verification from the certifying agency, provided that the certification did not actually expire.
  • All temporary permits with valid terms of fewer than 180 days are extended to 180 days.
  • The rule establishes a delegation program, where nurses may delegate nursing tasks to individuals who are currently enrolled in an approved nursing education program and employed as unlicensed assistive personnel in licensed healthcare facilities, with specific limits.

To read the full announcement from the Alabama Board of Nursing, click here.

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OSBN Says Nurses Can't Refuse Patient Care

The OSBN issued a statement this week directing that if the only reason nurse is refusing is because the organization is following OHA rather than CDC or WHO, that reason alone is not sufficient to refuse an assignment. Their statement comes in response to reports of nurses refusing to care for patients when their hospital is following state OHA guidelines rather than the CDC or WHO.

To read the Oregon State Board of Nursing press release, please click here.


HHS & DOD Coordinate International Airlift of Supplies

On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated an emergency international airlift of 500,000 swabs and sample kits used in the COVID-19 testing process in an effort to increase diagnostic testing for Americans. “Thanks to this quick coordination among agencies and the private sector, private diagnostic companies will have the ability to provide rapid tests for hundreds of thousands of more Americans" said HHS Secretary, Alex Azar. Read the full press release from HHS.

Louisiana Board of Nursing Passes 2 Emergency Rules

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) passed two emergency rules in response to COVID-19. The rules extend and/or reinstate expired temporary permits of RN applicants and allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) practicing with a previously approved collaborating physician to extend their practice to new sites without reporting to the Board. Click here to read the official press release from LSBN.

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Think you can practice nursing anywhere?

Despite VP Mike Pence’s announcement on Thursday, licensure process is still determined by the individual states. However, states may sign a waiver to allow their state to accept medical practitioners with licenses from other states. We’ve compiled a list of the states who have signed this waiver and will keep it updated as more states sign on. View the full list here.

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