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FEDERATION OF STATE BOARDS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

Posted: May 15, 2020

According to the FSBPT, the fixed date exams will take place as scheduled on July 8 (PTA) and July 28-29 (PT). They have worked with Prometric to block as many seats as possible that are exclusively for FSBPT candidates on these dates.

For candidates who are unable to find a seat on the current fixed test dates, FSBPT added testing windows for the July exams. These windows are solely for candidates unable to find a seat on July 8 (PT) or July 28-29 (PT).


ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: May 08, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to surge, the Board of Nursing is committed to the health and safety of the residents and nurses in the District of Columbia.

To ensure that licensees are focused on meeting the needs of our healthcare system, the Board of Nursing has postponed the 2020 Registered Nurse/Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (RNs/APRNs) online renewal.

As the current situation is constantly changing, a determination has not yet been made as to when the renewals will reopen. Please check this website and your emails for more information about the renewals as they become available.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: April 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to surge, the Board of Nursing is committed to the health and safety of the residents and nurses in the District of Columbia.

To ensure that licensees are focused on meeting the needs of our healthcare system, the Board of Nursing has postponed the 2020 Registered Nurse/Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (RNs/APRNs) online renewal.

As the current situation is constantly changing, a determination has not yet been made as to when the renewals will reopen. Please check this website and your emails for more information about the renewals as they become available.


LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: April 23, 2020

The requirement that an out-of-state registered nurse or an out-of-state advanced practice registered nurse (including an out-of-state certified nurse-midwife, a certified nurse anesthetist, a clinical nurse specialist, and a nurse practitioner) obtain a license to practice registered nursing or advanced practice registered nursing in Louisiana as set forth in R.S. 37:920, is temporarily suspended provided that such person has an active, unencumbered, unrestricted license to practice registered nursing or advanced practice registered nursing from any US state, territory, or district, which has been confirmed through the NURSYS System.


NEW HAMPSHIRE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: April 22, 2020

announced that they just been notified by Pearson VUE that NCLEX candidates that were to test between April 16-30 were unscheduled erroneously and we are working with Pearson VUE to remedy this issue.

Please note: the Essential Testing Network that we have established with Pearson VUE is still operational and delivering the NCLEX examination. Candidates who received notice of cancellation should be directed to log into their Pearson VUE account and reschedule their appointment as soon as possible.

Also last March 26, 2020 - New Hampshire Board of Nursing meeting, the Board approved the Board Administrator’s request to consider the current COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency and to proactively permit all high school Licensed Nursing Assistant Programs to extend their curriculum out an additional 90 days post end of declared state of emergency. The Board accepted this request yesterday at their Board of Nursing Meeting. High School programs do not need to notify the Board of this change.


OHIO BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: April 17, 2020

Licenses expiring during the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D on March 9, 2020, will remain valid until the earlier of either 90-days after the date the emergency ends or December 1, 2020, unless revoked, suspended, or otherwise subject to discipline or limitations. If a person is required by law to take an action to maintain the validity of a license during the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D on March 9, 2020, the person must take that action not later than the sooner of either 90-days after the date the emergency ends or December 1, 2020..e that is ninety days after the duration of the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D.

Licenses expiring during the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D on March 9, 2020 will remain valid until the earlier of either 90-days after the date the emergency ends or December 1, 2020 unless revoked, suspended, or otherwise subject to discipline or limitations. If a person is required by law to take an action to maintain the validity of a license during the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D on March 9, 2020, the person must take that action not later than the sooner of either 90-days after the date the emergency ends or December 1, 2020.

Attention DTIs, Medication Aides, and RN/LPN temporary permit holders: The Board is extending the licenses that expire between March 9, 2020, to December 1, 2020. If the declared emergency ends prior to December 1, 2020, the licenses will expire 90-days after the date the emergency ends and those licensed must, as applicable, take the actions required to maintain the license so it is current and valid.nsed must, as applicable, take the actions required to maintain the license so it is current and valid.

Attention DTIs, Medication Aides, and RN/LPN temporary permit holders: The Board is extending the licenses that expire between March 9, 2020 to December 1, 2020. If the declared emergency ends prior to December 1, 2020, the licenses will expire 90-days after the date the emergency ends and those licensed must, as applicable, take the actions required to maintain the license so it is current and valid.


NYS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Posted: April 13, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the New York State of Emergency, staff in OP are not readily available to answer all phone calls. Also. be advised that due to the volume of phone calls and emails received, there may be a delay before staff can provide you with an answer. Please review the OP website for answers to many frequently asked questions.

* CONTINUING EDUCATION Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1-June 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.

* REGISTRATION Please be advised that there will be delays in the printing and mailing of registration certificates and license parchments due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. OP's Online Registration Renewal will remain continuously available and licensees are encouraged to timely register if possible. OP’s Verification Searches will remain up-to-date and is a primary source for license and registration verification.


MINNESOTA BOARD OF NURSING on COVID-19 Changes to Permit

Posted: April 12, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-03 which authorizes the Board of Nursing to renew or extend the expiration period for temporary permits. If you applied for licensure by endorsement in Minnesota prior to March 30, 2020, and have an open application you may request to renew or extend your permit to practice nursing in Minnesota. The change will be made to your record and your extension will be reflected on the Board's website under "Verify a License."


ALABAMA BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: April 11, 2020

The board is processing applications for 48-hour emergency temporary licenses for those persons verified to begin work within seven days.
The process applicants must adhere to be eligible for 48 Hour Emergency License are: Complete an application through the online Nurse Portal, submit all required documents, pay all fees and send a message through the Message Center requesting a 48-hour Emergency Temporary License. Submit a completed fingerprint card in person or by mail. Must have a job offer letter dated within 7 days of the start date. The applicant's name must be in the letter, with the start date, on the letterhead of the facility. Upload lawful presence documents and photo identification. Must have 960 hours of nursing practice within the last 5 years. Foreign educated nurse applicants must have a copy of the Visa screen or CGFNS with the CGFNS ID number. May not have a “Yes” answer to disciplinary questions on the application. May not have had a disciplinary action in another state conditioning or limiting the license as verified through national database or NURSES.


COLORADO STATE NURSING BOARD

Posted: April 4, 2020

All Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) Offices at 1560 Broadway, Denver CO are closed to the public indefinitely effective at 2pm on March 23rd, 2020. However, DPO staff is still working hard to help all customers remotely.


INDIANA STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 28, 2020

1. NCLEX Exams to Resume in Limited Capacity March 25th, 2020: NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations testing will resume on a limited basis at 60 Pearson VUE Testing Centers on March 25, 2020, ramping up to additional sites by March 28. These sites were selected to be close to large metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Canada. Following CDC guidelines for social distancing, NCLEX candidates will be screened prior to being allowed to test.
2. Critical Fingerprinting: The following license types have been deemed critical by the Indiana Department of Administration and will be given priority for the purposes of getting fingerprinting completed. License Types: RN, LPN, APRN, Nurse-Midwives
3. PLA Remote Work: In response to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the State of Indiana, the Professional Licensing Agency will have the majority of our staff working remotely in the coming weeks. While routine operations of the agency will continue, please note that there may be disruptions or delays in the processing of your requests. Please prioritize the usage of email to communicate with our staff whenever possible and scan any documents that need to be processed.

OKLAHOMA BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 27, 2020

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Board of Nursing’s lobby area is open to the public by appointment only with services continuing to be provided through online services, email, phone, fax, and mail. This action is being taken to limit possible exposure to COVID-19, protect the health of the public and agency employees, and ensure continuity of all agency operations.


MISSISSIPPI BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 27, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, as a result of health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 virus, the Division of Professional Registration and its boards, commissions, committees, and offices will not accept walk-in visitors until further notice.


TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 25, 2020

The installation of our new system has been changed from April 1, 2020, to June 15, 2020. The current system will be available until the board starts the installation. This new system will require all applications – NCLEX, Renewals, Endorsements, etc. – to be input on-line. More information will be sent out as we get nearer to the implementation date


BRITISH COUNCIL

Posted: March 14, 2020

For registrations starting 7 April 2020 onwards, the test fee for IELTS Academic and General Training (Paper-based and computer-delivered) will be PHP 11,300
For 7 April 2020 and onward tests, the test fee for UK Visa and Immigration (Academic and General Training) will be PHP 12,015.


OREGON STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 6, 2020

As of March 2, Board staff will no longer answer the scope of practice questions by phone or questions sent to the general OSBN e-mailbox. You may submit a written practice question to Board Staff. However, if your question is answered in the online FAQs or in an interpretive statement, you will be directed back to the website. You may also review the OSBN interactive scope-of-practice decision guide (PDF version), or the Nurse Practice Act.


OHIO BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 5, 2020

BWC is hosting the fifth annual Medical & Health Symposium, taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in downtown Columbus, for health-care practitioners, legal professionals, and their staff. The symposium is a free, continuing education conference featuring educational sessions of interest for all health-care and legal professionals.


HAWAII BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: March 3, 2020

The Board will consider credentialing reports for foreign-educated nurses from both the CGFNS International and Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants for nurse exam applicants.
The reports shall indicate if the foreign-educated nurse’s education successfully completed a nursing program which is comparable to an accredited nursing program in the United States and shall be deemed qualified as having met the educational requirements set forth in chapter 457, Hawaii Revised Statutes and chapter 16-89, Hawaii Administrative Rules.


KENTUCKY BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: February 29, 2020

The APRN Update will be temporarily closing submissions on 03/01/2020. This is to allow KBN staff to process all of the documentation received. The Update link will re-open on 03/20/2020 and will remain active.


MISSOURI STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: February 27, 2020

Renewal reminders will be emailed to LPNs on March 1, 2020. No grace period. A nurse is required to renew 3 business days prior to the expiration date. Failure to do so may result in the license becoming lapsed, which requires the nurse to complete a reinstatement application, submit additional fees and submit to fingerprint background checks.


NYS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Posted: February 16, 2020

are now currently reviewing documents received during the dates noted below.
NOTE: Applications with education from outside the U.S. usually require a lengthier review process.


TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: February 15, 2020

This new system will require all applications – NCLEX, Renewals, Endorsements, etc. – to be input on-line. We will not accept any applications in paper form with a post make later than March 31, 2020. More information will be sent out as we get nearer to the implementation date this April.


NMC UK

Posted: February 14, 2020

Mature applicants who wish to apply for Nursing and Midwifery programs must register and apply to sit an assessment test. This is conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on our behalf. Each mature applicant must register and apply for the test between 3 February and 21 February 2020 at 3.00pm. To register and apply with PAS you should have to hand your CAO application number (if you have one), a valid email address and your Personal Public Service (PPS) number (if you have one).


VIRGINIA BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: February 13, 2020

Licensed Nurse Practitioners Elimination of Prescriptive (Rx) Authority License
The Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine promulgated regulation changes that resulted in the elimination of the requirement for nurse practitioners to obtain/maintain a separate prescriptive (Rx) authority license (#0017). These changes go into effect on March 4, 2020, resulting in a single nurse practitioner license (#0024) with clearly identified specialization(s) and authorizations granted by the Joint Boards.
Additionally, nurse practitioners with prescriptive (Rx) authority will not be required to renew their prescriptive authority license (#0017) after March 4th. However, nurse practitioners with prescriptive (Rx) authority are still required to comply with the continuing competency requirements and other applicable laws or regulations for prescribers. There will be a $35 application/fee required to add prescriptive (Rx) authority to an existing nurse practitioner license and information will be posted after March 4th.


VIRGINIA BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: February 11, 2020

Notification of Changes and Issuances of Licenses, Registrations, and Certificates The VBON is implementing a process to cease mailing hard-copy licenses, registrations, and certificates that contain an expiration date. A final hard copy will be issued that contains an issue date but no expiration date. This final copy should be maintained, carried or posted in accordance with relevant applicable laws and regulations.
As of February 1, 2020, the Board of Nursing will have completed this process for all newly issued, reinstated or duplicate copies of Massage Therapist and Practical Nurse licenses. Additional licensure categories will be phased in over the next six months to include renewals.


NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL (UK)

Posted: February 8, 2020

All online systems of NMC-UK including NMC Online will be unavailable for any online transaction from 6:00 PM of February 7, 2020 (Friday) up until 6:00 PM of February 8, 2020 (Saturday) due to their system maintenance. All online transactions will be back after their scheduled system maintenance.


LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: February 3, 2020

The LSBN Nurse Portal will be experiencing a planned service interruption. The period of temporary service interruption will begin on Monday, February 3, 2020, at 8:00AM and end on Monday, February 3, 2020, at 10:00AM.


QATAR COUNCIL FOR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONERS

Posted: January 28, 2020

Prometric exam fee increased from $212 to $218.40 last January 21, 2020. This will be applicable to all future Prometric Qatar exam takers.


MINNESOTA NURSING BOARD

Posted: January 27, 2020

The 2020 NCLEX-PN Test Plan will be made available online in January 2020 in preparation for its effective date of April 1, 2020. The NCLEX Test Plan is developed for three primary reasons: candidate preparation, NCLEX item development and NCLEX item coding. The Test Plan includes information related to content examples, exam scoring, NCLEX sample items and much more.


GEORGIA BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: January 22, 2020

.1 Active Renewal Status
Renewal applications that were submitted on before the expiration date AND included all required information for renewal will be in a status of “Active-Renewal Pending” until reviewed by the Board. Your license will still show the current expiration date until the license has been updated. “Active-Renewal Pending” status is not considered lapsed, inactive or invalid, per O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b). You can still practice if your license is in the “Active-Renewal Pending” status.
2. Renew Your License Today
Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses whose license expires on January 31, 2020. Please begin the license renewal process today!


IOWA BON and KANSAS STATE BON

Posted: January 20, 2020

IOWA BOARD OF NURSING and KANSAS STATE BOARD ON NURSING announced that their respective office will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular working operations will resume on January 21, 2020 Tuesday.


Maine State Board of Nursing

Posted: January 7, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020 all applicants for licensure (endorsement, examination, renewals and advanced practice registered nurses) will be required to complete the applications on-line. Paper applications will be removed from the Maine State Board of Nursing website. If applicants submit a paper application after this date, the applicant will be requested to complete the on-line application. The only exceptions are applicants that have not been issued a US Social Security number.


ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF NURSING

Posted: December 28, 2019

During the 2019 legislative session the Arizona legislature passed SB 1062, which creates a new law (statute), Arizona Revised Statutes § 32-3226. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-3226, health professionals, including nurses, must provide an "address of record", that is defined as either: The address where a health professional practices their profession or is otherwise employed; or The health professional’s residential address.


KANSAS Board of Nursing

Posted: December 25, 2019

will be closed Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1st, 2020.


CGFNS International Inc.

Posted: December 23, 2019

announced that they will be close be closed beginning Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1 for the holiday season. Regular hours will resume on January 2, 2020.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Posted: December 14, 2019

January 1, 2020, Alabama will officially join the Nurse Licensure Compact. Between January 1 and July 1, 2020, any LPN whose license was renewed during the 2019 renewal period may apply to transition from a single state to a multi state license for an additional fee. Again, this option will be made available to LPNs who renew on-time in 2019; any nurse whose license lapses in 2019 will be required to pay the full multi state license fee.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Posted: December 6, 2019

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - offices will CLOSE on Friday, December 6, 2019 at noon. DC Health will reopen its operations at 8:30 (GMT-5) am on Monday, December 9, 2019.


KANSAS Board of Nursing

Posted: December 4, 2019

In the on-going effort to modernize, increase efficiencies, and protect our planet, KSBN will no longer print license cards, but instead allow you to download/print your own from the comfort of your own home, at no additional charge!


BRITISH COUNCIL

Posted: December 1, 2019

Effective November 25, 2019, the following are the new prices for the IELTS test fees. IELTS UKVI - Php. 13,100.00 IELTS Life Skills - Php. 9,825.00 *Fees may vary depending on the candidate's chosen testing area


ALABAMA Board of Nursing

Posted: November 27, 2019

announced that effectively on January 1, 2020, all applicants for multistate (Compact) licenses, as well as all applicants for licensure by endorsement, must submit to a fingerprint criminal background check.


MAINE State Board of Nursing

Posted: November 22, 2019

Effective January 1, 2020 all applicants for licensure will be required to complete the applications on-line. Paper applications will be removed from the Maine State Board of Nursing website. If applicants submit a paper application after this date, the applicant will be requested to complete the on-line application.


California BON

Posted: November 18, 2019

CALIFORNIA Board of Registered Nursing - The new DOJ and FBI fingerprint result information updates states that all applicants must submit an application for licensure to the Board prior to submission of fingerprints via Live Scan or hard card (Fingerprint requests page). Afterwards the Board will validate the submission of an application for licensure and will then email a link to the Live Scan form or mail the fingerprint hard card.


TEXAS Board of Nursing

Posted: November 11, 2019

TEXAS Board of Nursing - is now fully engaged in the process of mapping current BON processes to the ORBS (Optimal Regulatory Board System) platform. The new licensing system will provide more efficient online services for our stakeholders through a customized “Texas Nurse Portal” for all licensees and applicants. The next issue of the Bulletin will have more comprehensive information on the user experience including implementation date and what to expect as we transition from the current system to ORBS.


NMC-UK

Posted: October 7, 2019

The NURSING & MIDWIFERY COUNCIL - UK Part 1 Test of Competence (CBT) low ered its fee, from £90 down to £83 implemented last October 1, 2019, Tuesday. Foreign nurses and midwives can now enjoy a lower CBT fee!


IELTS for Visa Application

Posted: September 21, 2019

Healthcare professionals will be exempt from the English language requirement for their visa application where they have used their successful OET results for registering with the relevant healthcare regulator which means NO NEED for a SEPARATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT for applying for Tier 2 (General) Visa! The change will apply to all Tier 2 (General) visa applications submitted on or after 1 October.


NMC-UK

Posted: September 19, 2019

NURSING & MIDWIFERY COUNCIL - Nurses, midwives and nursing associates applying for the NMC register from overseas can now indulge with easier and cheaper application process than before! Coming into effect in October 2019, key improvements include: Moving from a paper application to online system - October 7. Streamlined requirements to confirm a candidate's competence A redesigned guidance page on the NMC website From October 1, the cost of the CBT that overseas nurses, midwives and nursing associates must take to work in the UK will be reduced from £90 to £83.


Alabama BON

Posted: September 18, 2019

ALABAMA Board of Nursing - opened their 2019 LPN Renewal last September 1 and ends at midnight on December 31. The candidates are advised to renew early to avoid any unforeseen delays that could affect their licensure status.


Iowa BON

Posted: September 2, 2019

The Iowa Board of Nursing Office and South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation are close TODAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2019, in observance of the Labor Day state holiday. Regular office operations will resume TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019.


West Virginia RN Board

Posted: September 1, 2019

West Virginia RN Board announced that RN License Renewals will begin on September 1, 2019. Some have already received an eNotify message to renew their license, however, the application will not be available in the Nurse Portal until September 1.


Nevada BON

Posted: August 30, 2019

The NEVADA State Board of Nursing will be holding its NCLEX® Regional Workshop that aims to provide information to educators who prepare students to take the NCLEX Examination The workshop will take place at Roseman University, Nevada on Thursday, 26 September 2019.


Kentucky BON

Posted: August 26, 2019

The KENTUCKY Board of Nursing announced that the license renewal period will begin on September 15, 2019.


Idaho SBON

Posted: August 21, 2019

IDAHO State Board of Nursing - License Renewal for LPN is available online June 1 through August 31 in even-numbered years while for RN and APRN the license renewal is available online May 1 through August 31 in odd-numbered years. The current fee for renewing prior to the expiration date is $90.00. After August 31st of the renewal year, there will be a $35.00 late fee assessed. If you continue to practice nursing in Idaho with an expired license, an administrative fine may also be assessed.


Arizona BON

Posted: August 19, 2019

ARIZONA State Board of Nursing - The Arizona Nurse Portal and Online Payment Gate will be down for maintenance on August 20, 2019 starting 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Arizona time). During the maintenance period, all online transactions on Arizona SBON site will be unavailable.


Kansas BON

Posted: August 17, 2019

KANSAS Board of Nursing - announces Fingerprint Opportunities at 1631 SW Topeka Blvd , Topeka KS, 66612 (The KBI Annex).


Ohio BON

Posted: August 15, 2019

OHIO Board of Nursing - From late May through June, the Board will now start to email renewal notifications using the candidates email address on record with Board and will not send renewal notices by postal mail anymore. To those nurses who holds a license in Ohio must be sure that their email address registered on record with the Board is updated. Nurses may update their email address via Ohio eLicense.


NMBI

Posted: August 14, 2019

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) will be holding a national conference that aims to bring their nursing community together in commemorating 100 years of Nursing Regulation in Ireland in 2019. The conference will take place on Thursday 24 October 2019 in the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley.


Tennessee Board of Nursing

Posted: August 13, 2019

Tennessee Board of Nursing - Effective August 5, 2019, the initial licensure fee for APRN, RN, LPN and Medication Aide will be eliminated. But refunds will not be issued for those who apply prior to August 5, 2019.


Texas BON

Posted: August 5, 2019

According to the Texas Board of Nursing effective on September 1, 2019, renewal fees for registered nurse (RN) and licensed vocational nurses (LVN) will increase by $3 each. These increases are necessary to ensure the Texas Board of Nursing is able to raise enough funds as required by the legislature to support agency operations.


Alaska Board of Nursing

Posted: July 29, 2019

Alaska Board of Nursing proposes to adopt changes to the regulations regarding review of applications, loss of prescriptive authority, unprofessional conduct, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) standards of practice for telehealth, administration of herbal or non-herbal nutritional supplement, and definitions.


NCSBN

Posted: July 22, 2019

CHICAGO - NCSBN will host educational webinars on the NLC for nurses and nurse employers to give an overview regarding on the compact and updates on pending state legislation. Their upcoming webinars will be held on August 16, September 16, October 15 and November 15 for this year 2019. And here’s the best part! The REGISTRATION for each webinar is for FREE!


NNAS

Posted: July 14, 2019

The National Nursing Assessment Service or NNAS in Canada is now accepting applications from Cameroon. However, the processing time for applications from Cameroon is unpredictable as of the moment.


TOEFL

Posted: July 7, 2019

Starting August 1, 2019, all English exam takers for TOEFL will experience the new and improved TOEFL iBT! SHORTER TEST TIME! LESS NUMBER OF QUESTIONS! BUT THE SAME OVERALL TEST FORMATS!


NYSED

Posted: July 5,

According to the New York State Education Department, applications with an education from outside the U.S. usually require a lengthier review process. After submitting your documents for review, it will take 6 weeks before you can send a request a status update for your application.


Kansas SBON

Posted: July 2, 2019

YESTERDAY July 1, 2019, Kansas State Board of Nursing was an official member of Nurse Licensure Compact. Nurses from NLC states are able to work across state lines without having to worry about applying for licensure in each state or being burdened by multiple renewal requirements and fees for such time. Aside from that, they also announced changes in Licensure fees, effective YESTERDAY July 1, 2019. Each BON (Board of Nursing) in the United States like KSBN tends to change qualifications, requirements, and exam fees from time to time.


Saudi Commission For Health Specialties - DATAFLOW New Requirement Before KSA Arrival

July 29,2019

Applicants are now obliged to verify their documents prior to traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as confirmed by SCHS.


Saudi Commission For Health Specialties - DATAFLOW New Requirement Before KSA Arrival

Applicants are now obliged to verify their documents prior to traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as confirmed by SCHS.


Dubai Health Authority - DATAFLOW New Fee

DHA Dataflow fee increased from 724AED to 966 AED effective August 23, 2015


Health Authority Abu Dhabi - DATAFLOW New Fee

HAAD Dataflow fee increased the fee from 620 AED to 980 AED effective March 15, 2015


Vermont State Board of Nursing - USRN Renewal New Requirement

Effective March 2015 all Registered Nurse license holder must provide a U.S. Social Security Number to renew the license. Applicant cannot renew the RN license without US SSN.


Dubai Health Authority - Work Experience / Gap of Practice New Requirement

DHA has changed the gap of practice requirements for healthcare professionals work experience from 6 months to 2 years. If the applicant has a gap of practice for more than 2 years, the applicant is required to have a 6 months training and Continuing Medical Education (CME)


Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators

Registered Nurse Entry-to-Practice Exam – NCLEX

Applicants for registration as a registered nurse (RN) in 10 of the country’s RN regulators (not including OIIQ or YRNA) will be required to successfully complete the computer-adaptive NCLEX-RN exam, administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).


Health Authority Abu Dhabi - New Process

HAAD requires DATAFLOW PSV report before the applicant can take the exam. The applicant must receive an approval before can take the HAAD examination through Pearsonvue Effective October 2013


Maryland Board of Nursing

BON (January 27, 2012) requires SSN effective January 27, 2012


Arkansas Board of Nursing

BON(June 2011): is requiring SSN for license renewal


CGFNS

(January 2011) changed CES HP and FULL course by course evaluation to PROFESSIONAL REPORT.


California Applicants' Dilemma

Thousands of Nursing Graduates apply to California (CA) to get licensed by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) every year. Until just couple months ago they hadn’t had any problem to qualify to get licensed in CA. However due to the overwhelming international applications and some other reasons (BRN) has decided not to process any National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) applications without a United States issued Social Security Number (SSN) starting on April 26, 2010 and just recently they have also stopped processing applications of all Filipino applicants due to some academic disqualifications.

Their reason for rejection differs case by case however mainly they claim that not all aspects of Filipino Nursing Graduates’ theory and clinical training meet the minimum requirements in Medical-Surgical and Obstetric nursing of BRN. According to BRN, Colleges and Universities have academic schedules in place outlining when courses are to be completed within a designated semester. This means all clinical components must be completed concurrently with the theoretical instruction within the same semester. California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 1426 states that theory and clinical practice shall be concurrent in the following nursing areas: geriatrics, medical-surgical, mental health/psychiatric nursing, obstetrics and pediatrics. While completing clinical practice out of sequence is acceptable to meet requirements in the Philippines, it does not meet requirements of BRN.

Here is an example:

In the Philippines, each student is required to complete five (5) actual deliveries, five (5) assisted deliveries and five (5) cord dressings as part of the clinical experience, in NCM 101. Additionally, each student is required to complete five (5) major and five (5) minor procedures as part of the clinical experience in NCM 102. So the problem is not what you are taking but taking the clinical practice out of sequence.

There are thousands of CA applicants in the pipeline seeking to be licensed in CA however they are getting one by one their rejection letters now a days. If a nurse still wants to pursue applying to California they are required to complete additional course work, both theory and clinical practice, in an accredited school of professional nursing in California or in any other accredited institution in another state. However for international students even though if you meet these requirements if they don’t have any US SSN their application still won’t be processed. If the nurses in the pipeline do not meet the new requirements a three year period from the date of the letter the application will be deemed abandoned and destroyed.

So what will happen to those nurses? Have they wasted their time and money? Can they ever get licensed in the States?

According to the Nurse Exam Application Center (NEAC), which assisted more than tens of thousands of nurses to become USRN, there are many options in front of them. NEAC states that they have been currently assisting hundreds of nurses in this situation by finding the most suitable state based on the applicant’s background and license them in another state. In some cases it may also be possible to endorse their new license to California once they are USRNs.

California BRN chose to raise its standards and that temporarily closes the doors to Filipino nurses. However there are 49 more states to apply that welcomes Filipino nurses. While already graduated nurses can deal with this problem one way or another the real question is what the Nursing Colleges in the Philippines wants to do about this? Because CA doors can be opened back if they meet their new standards.

Apparently there are some improvements that need to be done to meet the new standards that may also eventually be enforced by other states. The bottom line is Nursing Colleges popped like mushrooms in early 2000 onward to meet the market demand of parents who wanted to send their kids to nursing colleges to ultimately send to overseas and mainly to the U.S. Now many parents pursue still the same goal and expect from the Colleges to provide world class education.

Again according to NEAC while securing US licenses for nurses they have thousands of nurses credentials evaluated by US evaluators and 99.9% of all Filipino nurses diplomas (their transcript of records and schools curriculum) were found equivalent to the United States colleges. I think that’s a huge success for the Philippines’ Colleges. Considering this overcoming this new obstacle shouldn’t be that difficult. However, most schools may not be even aware of these new requirements and I hope this article serves them well.

Dr. Elbe Akman, MBA, APM|


NEAC now assists with Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi A. exam applications

NEAC now assists with the following exams application preparation processing: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), SAUDI COMMISSION FOR HEALTH SPECIALTIES- PROMETRIC and SUPREME COUNCIL OF HEALTH QATAR- PROMETRIC. Qatar and Abu Dhabi exams we are assisting are only for nurses however HAAD exams include also:

HAAD- Licensure Examination For School Nurse
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Practical Nurse
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Dental Nurse and Dental Assistant
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Medical Imaging
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Medical Laboratory Technician
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Medical Laboratory Technologist
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Physiotherapy


NEAC Follow-up Update Regarding Pending ARSBN Applicants

NEAC Management discussed with Arkansas Board of Nursing the very negative effects of enforcing the SSN requirement to the applicants who already have sent their applications and fees to the Board. NEAC asked ARSBN kindly to consider not to retroactively enforce this requirement and at least process the pending applications or refund the fees paid in order to give chance to the applicants to apply another State Board of Nursing. If ARSBN doesn’t offer a way out to the pending applicants the applications will be kept in inactive status until they provide a United States Social Security Number. However for international applicants this is an impossible to comply request since they can’t get a US SSN while they are still overseas. International applicants first need to be found eligible; pass the NCLEX exam; find an employer and secure a visa; physically arrive to the USA to be able to get a SSN. If ARSBN don’t process their eligibility of these applicants that will be a dead end for AR applicants. The only option left would be to switch to another state board of nursing. Since this is the only logical path to follow (unless ARSBN comes to its senses and process the pending applicants and then not accept new applications without a SSN) the best option is to get a refund so they can apply to another SBN.

ARSBN management acknowledged the difficult situation of the pending applicants during the meeting conducted over the phone last nite (10.28.2010) and promised to go over each applicant’s application and make a reasonable decision to continue or to reject the application. However, we have not been assured 100% whether they will still keep some applicants in inactive status! We will be following up again with ARSBN after several days and update NEAC applicants the status on this matter as soon as we hear anything new from them.


Arkansas Requires CES and SSN from International NCLEX Eligiblity Applicants

25 October 2010

Arkansas Board of Nursing’s announcement:

“Applications for licensure applicants that were submitted to the Board prior to this date are placed in an inactive status until receipt of proof of a social security number and all other required documents as identified in the International Graduates Licensure Examination Application Instructions.”

“Applications for licensure applicants that were submitted to the Board prior to this date and the applicant has been notified of their eligibility to register with Pearson Vue and deemed eligible to test via the Board may take the NCLEX®. However, Arkansas statute requires a social security number before a license can be issued”.

This means:

1. If you have already received your eligibility however haven’t taken the exam yet you are still entitled to use your eligibility from ARBON to register with NCLEX and take the exam. However, ARBON no longer will issue a license without a SSN. You can get your license once you have reached USA and provided them your SSN.

2. If your application has already been sent out to ARBON you are expected to provide a SSN in order to ARBON to continue to process your application. If you can’t provide an U.S. SSN to ARBON your application will be placed in an inactive status until you provide them a SSN. If you have a SSN please provide it asap. However, keep in mind that now with the new requirements you are expected to go through the CES phase even if you have a SSN.


There are now certain Boards of Nursing that accept International Nurses without PNLE

There are now several State Boards of Nursing that accepts NCLEX-RN applications from those nurses who have not taken PNLE; not planning to take it or failed that exam. If you are living overseas and can’t take PNLE however planning to take NCLEX-RN please consult a NEAC Officer to find out how we can assist you.


Announcement from Legal Counsel at the Department of Consumer Affairs for the State of California

15 July 2010

Acording to a decision by the Legal Counsel at the Department of Consumer Affairs for the State of California, any application not yet found eligible by April 26th must be rejected and returned to the applicants.


ATTENTION: CABON Now Requires SSN to apply for NCLEX

Effective on April 26, 2010 California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) will no longer accept applications that do not contain a U.S. Social Security Number. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a U.S. social security number.

For those applicants who have failed the exam and want to re-apply; CABON will not accept re-application without U.S Social Security Number.

Visit NEAC Centers to avail free NCLEX Eligibility Application Consultation, initial requirements and fees.


Philippines Testing Site OPENS!

HAAD Dataflow fee increased the fee from 620 AED to 980 AED effective March 15, 2015


Health Authority Abu Dhabi - DATAFLOW New Fee

CHICAGO – The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) began NCLEX testing in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, at the international Pearson Professional Center on Aug. 23, 2007.

The Manila site was chosen in February by the NCSBN Board of Directors because of the deep commitment shown by the Philippine government to ensuring a secure test center. The placement of a test site in the Philippines will allow for greater customer service to nurses without compromising the goal of safeguarding the public health, safety and welfare of patients in the U.S. Intended for the purposes of domestic nurse licensure in U.S. states and territories, all security policies and procedures currently used to administer the NCLEX examination domestically will be fully implemented at this new site. Administration of the NCLEX examination abroad does not contradict or circumvent any current board of nursing process or requirement. All international candidates are required to apply to the board of nursing in the state or territory where they wish to be licensed before registering for the NCLEX examination.

The NCLEX examination fee for all candidates is $200. Candidates who elect to take the NCLEX at an international site pay an additional $150 when they schedule their examination. State and territorial NCLEX examination fees remain at their current levels and are not being used to subsidize the international testing initiative. Offered abroad since January 2005, the current international sites for NCLEX examinations are in London, England; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; and Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama, Japan. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.


NCSBN Selects the Philippines as International Testing Site for NCLEX® Examinations

NCSBN has selected Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, as a new site for the administration of the NCLEX® examinations.

CHICAGO – The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) has selected Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, as a new site for the administration of the NCLEX® examinations. NCSBN’s Board of Directors made the decision to expand the number of sites at its Feb. 8, 2007, meeting.

Faith Fields, MSN, RN, president, NCSBN Board of Directors, comments, “The Philippine government has shown a deep commitment to ensuring a secure test center in Manila and has been very responsive to NCSBN concerns. Placing a test site in the Philippines will allow for greater customer service to nurses without compromising the goal of safeguarding the public health, safety and welfare of patients in the U.S.”

Offered abroad since January 2005, the current international sites for NCLEX examinations are in London, England; Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; and Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama, Japan.

Intended for the purposes of domestic nurse licensure in U.S. states and territories, all security policies and procedures currently used to administer the NCLEX examination domestically will be fully implemented at this new site. At this time, no schedule of implementation has been set.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection.

25,000 to 50,000 Filipino nurses are expected to take the first NCLEX tests in Manila, where the examinees stand to save a large part of what they could be spending if they were to take the test abroad.


Why Do I need to Apply NCLEX Now?

If you are a foreign educated nurse and planning to work in the USA then it is highly advised to become an USRN while you are seeking an US employer. Here are some reasons why:

The only way you can increase your chances to get hired and stick out among thousands of other nurses in the next limited hiring spree is by becoming ready for petitioning for immigration. Once you become licensed as an USRN (U.S. Registered Nurse) and secure a VisaScreen® Certificate you will be the preferred candidate. Employers are less likely to choose a nurse who is not an NCLEX-RN passer yet and who is not ready for immigration. A research conducted by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Testing Services Department in 2002 among 344,460 domestic and international nurses who took the NCLEX exam recently shows that:

“The longer the lag (waiting) time – the lower the passing rate!”

In fact, this causes most of international testers to FAIL NCLEX! This research proves that after graduation you start loosing some of the valuable information you have learned in your school and the more you wait the more information will be lost from your memory. Therefore, to increase your chances to pass the difficult NCLEX exam you should take the exam after graduation or right after your local board exam. Don’t delay apply NCLEX now!

If you are based in the Philippines there is now another reason why you should apply NCLEX now and become a USRN. There are many Call Centers (BPO) hiring USRN for their U.S based healthcare clients. Their clients require that the agents must be a U.S Registered Nurses. Therefore now BPOs are offering high paying jobs to USRNs in the Philippines. You can expect to make anywhere from P30,000 to 45,000 a month plus benefits. There are also Team leader positions for those with clinical experience that pays P60-70,000. In short by taking the NCLEX now you will increase the chances to pass the exam; increase your chances to get hired by U.S employer in the next hiring spree and in the meantime secure a high paying job locally. Act now and apply NCLEX today.


Attention: California NCLEX-RN passer without SSN!

When you passed the NCLEX exam in California, your file became valid for 3 years and according to the policy of California Board of Registered Nursing, if you cannot provide a U.S SSN then your file will be abandoned and destroyed. California used to grant 1 year extensions for your file but effective April 26, 2010, CABRN does no longer grant a file extension. How can NEAC assist you? NEAC can assist you with endorsement of your California NCLEX-RN® test result in order for you to get licensed in another state that issues a license without a U.S. SSN and also allows you to renew it.

Either a state where you have family and intend on living once you migrate to the USA or if you still are unsure as to what state you want to live in, we can help you find a state which will issue a license without an SSN fast. Be ready for the next hiring spree, get licensed now!>



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