State of Nevada

Nevada State Board of Nursing
". . . protecting the public's health, safety and welfare 
through effective nursing regulation . . ."

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

APPLICATIONS - GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. How long will it take to process my application?

  2. I have a criminal conviction.  Will the Board still issue me a license or certificate?

  3. How can I inquire about the status of my application?  

  4. Can I send my application by overnight mail?

  5. Why were my fingerprints rejected?

APPLICATIONS - RN/LPN/CNA

  1. When will I receive my ATT?

  2. Can I work as a graduate nurse?

  3. I am an international graduate.  Can I still be licensed in Nevada?

  4. I don't have a Social Security number.  When will I receive my Nevada license/certificate?

  5. I passed the NCLEX exam.  Why hasn't my license been issued?

  6. Can I challenge the RN/LPN exam?

  7. How do I apply for reciprocity?

  8. How do I transfer my CNA license?

  9. How do I apply for a temporary license?

  10. Can I renew my license online?

  11. I don't have a computer.  How do I renew my license/certificate?

  12. I renewed my license/certificate.  When will I receive my card?

  13. What does date last practiced mean?  I'm still working?

  14. Why is my license/certificate expiring so soon?

VALIDATION AND VERIFICATION

  1. I am moving to another state and need my Nevada license verified.  How do I do that?

  2. I sent in a verification request but it has not been received the other board of nursing.  When will it be sent out?

  3. How often is the verification system updated?

INACTIVE STATUS (LICENSED NURSES ONLY)

  1. How do I place my license on inactive status?

  2. My license has been on inactive status.  How do I re-activate it?

EDUCATION

  1. My nursing school has provisional status.  What does that mean?

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  1. I am a new graduate.  Am I required to earn CEs?

  2. Do I have to take a "bioterrorism" course?

  3. How many CEs are required to renew my license/certificate?

  4. How do I submit my CEs to the Board?

  5. Where can I find an approved provider for my CEs?

  6. What continuing education courses can I take?

  7. How many CEs does a course equal?

DISCIPLINE/COMPLAINTS

  1. Can I get a license with a criminal conviction?

  2. How do I file a complaint against a nurse or nursing assistant?

  3. How do I find out if an impaired nurse was reported to the Board?

PRACTICE QUESTIONS

  1. How can I find out if I'm practicing within the law?

  2. Can my employer specify my work hours and breaks?

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. How do I change my address?

  2. I would like to removed from your mailing list.  How do I do that?

  3. How can I advertise in the Board's magazine?

  4. Is Nevada a compact state?

 

How long will it take to process my application?

If your application is complete and meets the criteria for issuance of a license/certificate, we can generally issue your temporary license/certificate within one week of receipt of your application.  The timeframe for issuing your permanent license/certificate will depend on whether or not we have all required documentation, including your fingerprint reports.  It can take up to 4 months for the Board to receive your fingerprint reports.

 

 

I have a criminal conviction.  Will the Board issue a license/certificate to me?

Unfortunately, we can't tell you in advance whether your application will be accepted by the Board.  Fortunately, the Board considers each case individually, and considers factors such as evidence of rehabilitation when they decide whether to license people with criminal convictions.  For more information, please visit the Criminal Convictions section of our website.  If after you review it, you have any questions, please feel free to call the Board toll free at (888) 590-6726.

 

 

How can I inquire about the status of my application?

It is recommended that you wait a minimum of one week after submitting your application before contacting the Board.  You may contact our office toll free (888) 590-6726 for your application status.

 

 

Can I send my application by overnight mail?

You may submit your application by fax, first class mail or by overnight mail (FedEx, Priority Mail, UPS, etc.).  Submitting an application by expedited method such as overnight mail will save on mail time but will not save processing time.

 

Why were my fingerprints rejected?

The FBI or Nevada Department of Public Safety informs the Board that your fingerprints require re-submission.  Other than the request for re-submission, the Board does not know why your fingerprints were rejected.  If your prints were rejected, it does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with your application.  It is not uncommon for nurses to require re-prints.

 

 

When will I receive my ATT?

You must register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX examination before the Authorization to Test (ATT) can be issued.  Registration for NCLEX-RN or PN is available online at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex.  A part of being eligible to take the exam is registering and paying Pearson VUE.  If you have not registered with VUE, you are not considered eligible to test nor will you receive the ATT.

 

 

Can I work as a graduate nurse?

An interim permit may be issued to graduates of nursing schools who have applied with the Board and documents of graduation have been received.  An interim permit (IP) allows individuals who have met the other licensure requirements to practice as a graduate nurse only in the state of Nevada for a maximum of three months.  If the individual passes the NCLEX and has met all other licensure requirements, she/he is issued a permanent license.  If the individual fails the NCLEX, the IP is no longer valid--it expires when the official results are received, regardless of the time remaining on the interim permit.

 

 

I am an international graduate.  Can I be licensed in Nevada?

To qualify for a license, you must have graduated from a nursing education program that meets Nevada's legal requirements.  All graduates of international nursing schools must have their professional credentials (nursing education and professional licenses) evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).  All international graduates must have the results of a CES Healthcare Profession and Science Report submitted to the Board.

 

 

I don't have a Social Security number.  When will I receive my Nevada license?

By law, the Board cannot issue you a permanent license/certificate without a US Social Security number (SSN). 

 

If you have passed the NCLEX but do not have a SSN, your exam results are retained indefinitely.  You may be required to submit a new application and fingerprints if your previous application has expired.  Applications are valid for one year, after which you will need to submit a new application, fee, and fingerprints.

 

 

I passed the NCLEX exam.  Why hasn't my license been issued?

Although applicants can pay a fee to Pearson Vue for faster exam results, the Board utilizes official results.  Official results take 2-3 weeks to be received by the Board.

 

 

Can I challenge the RN/LPN exam?

Nevada nursing law requires ALL candidates for nurse licensure to have graduated from an accredited nursing education program.  There is no mechanism for review or waiver of this law for medical doctors or other health care persons.

 

 

How do I apply for reciprocity?

Nevada uses the term licensure by endorsement.  You will need to complete an application for licensure by endorsement.  For information and the application for a license by endorsement, click How to apply for or renew an RN/LPN license section of our website.  The nonrefundable fee is $105 for RN and $95 for LPN.

 

 

How do I "transfer" my CNA license?

Nevada issues certificates, not licenses, to CNAs.  You will need to apply for a CNA certificate by endorsement.  For information and the application, click How to apply for or renew a CNA certificate

 

 

How do I apply for a temporary license?

All applicants for licensure in Nevada must apply for a permanent license.  As a courtesy, Nevada issues a temporary license to qualified applicants who apply for permanent licenses, while we await receipt of other documents, including fingerprint results from Nevada and the FBI.  Therefore you will need to apply for a license by endorsement.  For information and the application for a license by endorsement, click How to apply for or renew an RN/LPN license section of our website.

 

 

Can I renew my license online?

If you want to renew your license via the Internet, visit the online renewal section of our website.  Online renewal requires a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit or debit card.  Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.  You can renew your license no sooner than two months in advance of your expiration date.  You can also download the paper renewal application from our website.

 

 

I don't have a computer.  How do I renew my license/certificate?

Please call our office (888) 590-6726 and we will mail you a paper renewal form.  You may return the renewal form by mail or by fax.  Paper renewal applications are processed within one business day of receipt.

 

 

I renewed my license/certificate.  When will I receive my card?

Nevada does not issue cards.  You or your employer may verify your licensure status by using our website verification system or by calling the Board office at (888) 590-6726.  In addition, you may print out a paper copy of your card from our verification system.  As long as our verification system indicates that your license/certificate is valid, you are eligible to practice.  

 

 

What does 'date last practiced' mean?  I'm still working.

The practice of nursing is not limited to paid employment.  It is also not limited to hands on care.  You have been practicing nursing if you were hired as an RN or LPN, and you use your nursing knowledge, skill and ability on a daily basis in a paid or volunteer capacity.  If you meet these criteria, you have been practicing nursing.   In order to renew your license, we require you to submit the date you last practiced.  We are unable to accept "presently" or other verbiage.

 

 

Why is my license/certificate expiring so soon?

By law, Nevada licenses/certificates expire every two years on the individual's birthday.  The first renewal period may be two years or less, depending on when the birthday falls.

 

 

I am moving to another state and need my Nevada license verified.  How do I do that?

If you are using your Nevada license to endorse into another state, you need to request the verification form from that State, then provide it to the Board with a check, money order or credit card payment of $25 payable to Nevada State Board of Nursing, 5011 Meadowood Mall Way #300, Reno, NV 89502-6547.  The Board will process your request and send written verification of your Nevada license to the state to which you are endorsing.

 

If you simply need to verify you have an active license, you may go to the verification section of our website.

 

 

I sent in a verification request but it has not been received by the other board of nursing.  When will it be sent out?

Verification requests are generally processed and mailed within two business days from receiving them.  Please allow ample time for us to process your request and allow sufficient mail time for your request to reach another board of nursing before contacting our office to follow up on your request.

 

 

How often is the verification system updated? 

Our licensure/certification verification system is updated with current information every day at 5 p.m.

 

 

How do I place my license on inactive status? (Licensed nurses only)

Requests for inactive status must be received on or before the expiration date.  There is no charge for inactive status and no limitation on the period of time you may remain inactive.  Requests can be completed by using our online renewal system or you may submit a written request for inactive status.

 

 

My license has been on inactive status.  How do I re-activate it?

In order to reactivate, you will need to complete the renewal process (fee, form, CEs, etc.).  However, if you have not practiced for five or more years, you will be required to take a refresher course before renewal can be issued.

 

 

My nursing school has provisional status.  What does that mean?

Schools that have provisional approval meet the initial requirements of Nevada laws and regulations to offer a program of nursing education in Nevada.  If you graduate from a school that has provisional rather than full approval, you will be eligible for Nevada licensure.  If you are contemplating getting licensed in other states, you will have to check with those states regarding their licensure requirements. 

 

 

I am a new graduate.  Am I required to earn CEs?

According to NAC 632.343, licensees are exempt from the requirement to earn 30 CEs for renewal "for the first biennial period after graduation."  Therefore, new nurses who have earned their degrees within the last two years do not have to earn 30 CEs for their first renewal.  However, they do need to complete the one-time, four-hour, bioterrorism CE requirement.

 

 

Do I have to take a "bioterrorism" course?

The Nevada State legislature passed AB250 mandating bioterrorism CEs for licensed health care professionals, including nurses, in its 2003 session.  CNAs are not required to take the course, but they can earn CE/training credit. 

 

 

How many CEs are required to renew my license/certificate?

The Nevada Nurse Practice Act requires all renewing RNs and LPNs to complete 30 hours of nursing-related continuing education and all renewing CNAs to complete 24 hours of CNA-related training within the license/certificate renewal period.  In addition, the Nurse Practice Act requires RNs and LPNs to complete the one-time bioterrorism course.

 

 

How do I submit my CEs to the Board?

Rather than requiring nurses and CNAs to submit their continuing education/training certificates at the time of renewal, the renewal application asks applicants to affirm (swear) they are in compliance with the continuing education/training requirement and reminds them to retain copies of their certificates for four years in case of audit.  The Board conducts random audits to ensure compliance.  Failure to complete the required continuing education within the renewal period, or failure to produce evidence of CE/training completion when audited, may result in disciplinary action.

 

 

Where can I find an approved provider for my CEs?

Check with your human resources/staff development office, or try a Google or other web search, using key words like "Nurse (or CNA) continuing education." If a continuing education provider is an academic institution, has a Nevada continuing education provider number, is approved by another state nursing board or health-related board*, or is recognized by one of the organizations below, it is accepted by the Nevada State Board of Nursing.

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • American Nurse Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners

  • National League of Nursing

 

 

 

What continuing education courses can I take?

 

A course which is designed to increase or improve a nurse's or CNA's knowledge, skill or ability related to the authorized scope of the nurse or CNA (CNAs, please refer to the CNA Skills Guidelines).

 

 

How many CE does a course equal?

60 minutes of participation in nurse CE equals one contact hour.  One hour of participation in CNA inservice equals one contact hour.  College credit (if taken as part of education program to obtain higher nursing degree; include prerequisites) - one credit (semester) equals 15 contact hours, one credit (quarter) equals 10 contact hours.

 

 

Can I get a license if I have a criminal conviction?

It is possible for you to get licensed/certified in Nevada.  The Board considers each case individually.  When considering criminal convictions, they look at type of conviction, how long ago it was committed, evidence of rehabilitation, and other factors.  Please refer to the Criminal Convictions section of our website.

 

 

How do I file a complaint against a nurse or nursing assistant?

The Board may only conduct an investigation regarding a nurse or nursing assistant if a complaint is received in writing, names a nurse or nursing assistant, identifies a potential violation of the Nurse Practice Act, and is signed by the person submitting the complaint.  Please include your name, address, and telephone number on the complaint.

 

Complaint forms are also available on our website.  You may also make a complaint in letter form.  You may submit the complaint by mail Nevada State Board of Nursing, 5011 Meadowood Mall Way #300, Reno, NV 89502-6547; by fax (775) 687-7707; or by email nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us.

 

 

 

How does one find out if an impaired nurse was reported to the Board?

If a complaint was filed and discipline was imposed, disciplinary actions are public and can be accessed through our website.  You can check for license status by using the license verification system, or you can see all disciplinary actions taken by the Board for the last year by clicking Disciplinary actions list.  If you believe an individual is working while impaired, please file a complaint with the Board.

 

 

How can I find out if I'm practicing within the law?

The entire Nurse Practice Act is on our website.  If you're still unsure, you can call our office (888) 590-6726.

 

 

Can my employer specify my work hours and breaks?

There are no laws in the Nurse Practice Act regarding hours of employment or breaks.  The Board would only become involved if a complaint was filed for a nurse practicing while impaired for any reason, including being too fatigued, and if there is a negative patient outcome, it could lead to an investigation of the nurse.

 

 

How do I change my address?

Address changes can be done using the address change function of our website.  If you do not wish to use the website, your address change must be done in writing by fax, email or US mail.

 

 

I would like to be removed from your mailing list.  How do I do that?

Please provide your request in writing by fax, email or US mail.  Your name will be removed from lists that Board sells.  You will continue to receive the NSBN News and other Board correspondence.

 

 

How can I advertise in the Board's magazine?

The Nevada State Board of Nursing News is mailed to all nurses and nursing assistants who hold Nevada licenses/certificates, one-quarter of which live outside of Nevada and who may be thinking of relocating to Nevada.  The contact information is David Brown, PCI Publishing, (800) 561-4686, email dbrown@pcipublishing.com.

 

 

Is Nevada a compact state?

Nevada is not a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and has no plans to introduce or support NLC legislation.  If the Board does decide to sponsor such legislation, we will be informing everyone through our website and news magazine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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