Reminders for Nurses From the State Board

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Reminders for Nurses From the State Board

Renew early and renew carefully

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has two new emergency provisions concerning licensure. Both of the provisions reflect an emergency regulatory action signed Oct. 24, 2008.

Any registered nurse licensed before 1990, the year fingerprinting became routine, must now submit fingerprints. Check out the BRN website for specifics. Remember, though, that fingerprint cards for either LIVESCAN or manual fingerprinting require you to obtain the necessary card from the board ahead of time. Processing takes time.

Another requirement: If a nurse has any license disciplined by a government agency or other disciplinary body, or a conviction for any crime in the United States and its territories, military court or foreign country, it must be reported to the board prior to any license renewal, reinstatement or reactivation.

Convictions include any plea of no contest, infractions, misdemeanors and, of course, felonies. Infractions with a fine of less than $300 do not require reporting unless they involve alcohol or controlled substances. “License” includes permits, registrations and certificates.

Don’t chance it. Renew early and renew carefully.   

Elizabeth Hanink RN, BSN, PHN, is a freelance writer with extensive hospital and community-based nursing experience.

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