COVID-19 Resources and Information

Notification of Emergency License During Declaration of Emergency

Click here to download the Notification of License Waiver form
Understanding Governor Sisolak’s Directive for the Healthcare Workforce

On April 1, 2020, Governor Sisolak issued an Emergency Directive 011 to temporarily waive licensing requirement. The waiver applies to qualified providers who currently hold a valid US license in good standing in another state. Ineligible providers include those whose licenses have been revoked or voluntarily surrendered as a result of disciplinary proceedings. All individuals wishing to work under this directive must complete this form and return it to the Nevada State Board of Nursing. You are not required to obtain approval from the Nevada State Board of Nursing, once you have submitted this form you are immediately eligible to begin working under the directive. Please note, this is a waiver of licensure; therefore, you will not be issued a license in Nevada but may practice in Nevada once this form is submitted. You may practice in Nevada under this waiver while Nevada is under a state of emergency only. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the Nevada State Board of Nursing open?

Yes, we are open but closed to the public. If you need to submit documentation to the Board, please upload to your Nevada Nurse Portal account, email to nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us or fax to 775-687-7707. Fingerprints services are currently unavailable at the Board offices, for a complete list of outside vendors please click here Fingerprints (nv.gov)


If you need to submit documentation to the Board, please upload to your Nevada Nurse Portal account, email to nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us or fax to 775-687-7707

Is there a delay in application processing times or background checks due to the pandemic?

No, all applications and documents are still being processed within approximately one week from the date received. All background checks are still being received within 2-4 months.

What other Boards of Nursing are open?

The public should check each board of nursing’s website to find details about their plans for business continuity. Contact information for other board’s may be found on National Council State Boards of Nursing’s website at: https://www.ncsbn.org/14507.htm

Do I have to have an active CNA certificate to assist with the pandemic in Nevada

Nevada law requires that you hold an active certificate in order to practice as a CNA in Nevada, unless you are working under Emergency Directive 011 while we are under a state of emergency only (see below).

Do I have to have an active RN/LPN/APRN/CRNA license in Nevada to assist with the pandemic in Nevada?

Nevada law requires that you hold an active license in order to practice in Nevada, unless you are working under Emergency Directive 011 while we are under a state of emergency only (see below).

What is the Emergency Directive 011?

On April 1, 2020, Governor Sisolak issued an Emergency Directive 011 to temporarily waive licensing requirements for the following; nurse practitioners, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and nursing students. The waiver applies to qualified providers who currently hold a valid US license in good standing in another state. This waiver allows you to practice in Nevada without holding an active Nevada license or certificate (you are not issued a license or certificate under this waiver). Ineligible providers include those whose licenses have been revoked or voluntarily surrendered as a result of disciplinary proceedings. This waiver of licensure is only valid throughout the duration of the March 12, 2020 Declaration of Emergency. All individuals working under this directive must complete the Notification of Emergency License During Declaration of Emergency Directive 011 form and return it to the Nevada State Board of Nursing. If you wish practice in Nevada beyond the state of emergency, you are highly recommended to apply for a license or certificate via your nurse portal account to avoid a lapse in licensure should the emergency directive expire.

Can I expedite my application?

All applications receive an expedited review and are processed on a first come, first served basis. We are continuing to process applications and supporting documents within approximately one week. If eligible, you will be granted a temporary license within a week from the date your application and/or documentation is received.

My temporary or permanent license/certificate is expiring can I get an extension?

No, the Governor ended licensure extensions effective September 28, 2020. For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above.

My license/certificate is expired or inactive can I renew to assist with the pandemic?

If you wish to renew your nursing license you can renew as long as you meet the current renewal requirements. RN/LPNs must have practiced within the previous five years and completed 30 hours of continuing education credits and a one-time four-hour bioterrorism course. If you wish to renew your CNA certificate you must have practiced at least 40 hours within the previous two years and have completed 24 hours of continuing education credits. Additional information regarding continuing education can be found on our website here: https://nevadanursingboard.org/continuing-education/. For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above

I am a new graduate and my interim permit is expiring before I am able to take the NCLEX can I get an extension?

No, the Governor has ended licensure extensions effective September 28, 2020. For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above.

I am a nursing student; where can I take the NCLEX and how quickly can I exam?

You must submit an application and we must receive proof that you have graduated, and you must have paid Person-Vue before you will be issued an authorization to test. Once you have been issued your authorization to test, you can schedule to take your exam at any Pearson-Vue testing center.  You can view all testing locations here: https://portal.ncsbn.org/. Pearson-Vue is continuously adding testing dates and sites so if you were not able to schedule your exam on a satisfactory date, keep checking their site for updates and the possibility to change your exam to a sooner date.

Where can I get my fingerprints captured?

You may fingerprint at any fingerprinting vendor in Nevada and submit your receipt to our office. Fingerprint locations throughout Nevada can be found here: https://rccd.nv.gov/FeesForms/Fingerprints/.

I am an endorsing applicant and my temporary license is expiring because I have not submitted my transcripts, can I get an extension on my temporary license?

No, the Governor ended licensure extensions effective September 28, 2020. Please be advised that the Nevada State Board of Nursing accepts electronic transcripts sent directly from your nursing program and emailed to nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us. These transcripts can generally be requested online without the need to contact your nursing program. If you are a graduate from a program in the United States, you may also submit a copy of your diploma showing you were granted a degree in Nursing. For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above.

I am an endorsing applicant and my temporary license is expiring because I have not submitted my license verification, can I get an extension on my temporary license?

No, the Governor ended licensure extensions effective September 28, 2020. To date,54 states participate in electronic verification that is completed via nursys.com. To find out if your state participates in Nursys License Verification please click here: https://www.nursys.com/NLV/NLVJurisdictions.aspx. For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above.

I am a new nurse graduate and my NCLEX exam was cancelled, how does this affect my application?

If your exam was cancelled, you should have been granted an extension through Pearson Vue. Your application will remain valid through this extension period. Please contact Pearson Vue directly in order get detailed information regarding your authorization to test expiration date and to reschedule your exam. Additional information regarding your NCLEX exam can be found here: https://portal.ncsbn.org/

I am a new graduate; can I work as a graduate nurse to assist with the pandemic?

Yes, if you have been issued an Interim Permit by the Nevada State Board of Nursing (or any other Board of Nursing, pursuant to the Emergency Directive 011, please see above) you may work as a graduate nurse under the direction of a licensed nurse. To be eligible for an Interim Permit in Nevada you must have applied with the Board and we must receive proof that you have completed your nursing program. Once you are eligible, you will be issued an Interim Permit that can be verified on your nurse portal account or the Board’s license verification system.

I am a nursing student; can I work as a CNA to assist with the pandemic?

You may work as a CNA only if you have been issued a CNA certificate by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Nursing students are eligible to apply for a CNA certificate by exam once they have completed a nursing fundamentals college course. They must take and pass the CNA state exam and complete a background check before they may be granted a CNA certificate.  

I am a CNA student and I have not completed my course or have passed the state exam; can I work as a CNA to assist with the pandemic?

You may work as a CNA only if you have been issued a CNA certificate by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. However, CNA students may work as a nursing assistant trainee. The Board does not issue a certificate or license for nursing assistant trainees, this designation is given to students by the facility they are working for.

Bioterrorism CEs

Bioterrorism Continuing Education Requirement

Bioterrorism CEs | Nevada State Board of Nursing

Legislature mandated bioterrorism CEs
RN and LPN renewal requirement went into effect January 1, 2005

The 2003 Nevada legislature passed Assembly Bill 250, which requires that several types of health care professionals, including nurses, take four hours of continuing education “relating to the medical consequences of an act of terrorism that involves the use of a weapon of mass destruction.” The bill’s requirements are incorporated into the Nevada Nurse Practice Act (NRS 632.343 (3).

Beginning January 1, 2005, all nurses renewing their licenses must have completed this four-hour bioterrorism course as part of their CE renewal requirement. On that date, the Board’s random CE audits began to include auditing for proof that renewing nurses have completed the bioterrorism course. Each renewal, you are asked to affirm (swear) you have completed this one-time requirement. You are also reminded that you will need to retain your bioterrorism CE certificate indefinitely, in case of audit.

The bill specifies that the course of instruction must include:

a.       An overview of acts of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction;

b.      Personal protective equipment required for acts of terrorism;

c.       Common symptoms and methods of treatment associated with exposure to, or injuries caused by, chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear agents;

d.      Syndromic surveillance and reporting procedures for acts of terrorism that involve biological agents; and

e.       An overview of the information available on, and the use of, the Health Alert Network.

Completing a bioterrorism course which meets the requirements of the law is a one-time requirement of all RNs and LPNs with active Nevada licenses. Once the course is completed, it doesn’t have to be taken again.

The four hours may be counted as part of the 30-hour CE requirement for RN and LPN renewal, and as part of the 45-hour CE requirement for APRN and CRNA renewal.

While the legislature didn’t mandate the course for CNAs, the Board highly encourages them to take it as part of their 24 hour in-service training renewal requirement.

NOTE: If you took a bioterrorism course after October 1, 2003 and before January 1, 2005, AND it met the requirements of the law, the Board will count that course as meeting your one-time requirement. Just make sure you keep a copy of the certificate in case you are audited.

Partial List of Approved CE Providers Offering Bioterrorism Courses

The Board does not approve individual continuing education courses. However, for your reference, we’ve included below a brief listing of approved continuing education providers whose bioterrorism courses appear to meet the legislative intent for the bioterrorism classes. It is not a comprehensive list–if you find other courses which appear to meet the requirements listed above, please email the Board at nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us and we will add their contact information.

As you review this list and/or receive any mailings about other bioterrorism courses, please remember–you are responsible for ensuring the course you take meets the requirements of the law.

You may also want to check with your facility education department as some are in the process of developing in-house classes.

When considering any continuing education course, please make sure that the CE provider is approved by the Board (click here for approved provider information). If the course is not presented by a Board-approved provider, it won’t count toward the 30-hour renewal requirement. In addition, when reviewing a potential bioterrorism course, make sure the course content covers the subject matter mandated by the Nevada legislature. Be aware—many courses entitled “Bioterrorism” only cover one or two of the mandated subjects.

If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please call the Nevada State Board of Nursing at 1-888-590-6726.  

Practice Decisions

Practice Decision Request

Please place your practice question in writing using the criteria listed below. Forward your request to: Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing, 5011 Meadowood Mall #300, Reno, NV 89502. Be sure to attach copies of nursing journal articles from your search. Your request will be placed on the next available agenda for the Nursing Practice Advisory Committee meeting. You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the committee process.

Approved by the Nursing Practice Advisory Committee 01/31/01

  1. State the practice question. Example: “Is it within the scope of practice for an (LPN, RN, APRN, CRNA, EMS-RN) to do . . .”
  2. How is this in the best interest of the consumer (the recipient of the nursing service)?
  3. Describe the current trends, standards (community, state, and national), nursing research, data and rationale that support this request.
  4. Describe the impact on the nurse.  Include how the scope of practice will be expanded and whether the practice would be considered independent, interdependent, or dependent.
  5. Describe your view of the overall economic and manpower impact this practice would have on the State of Nevada.  Include the impact on nurses, consumers, and the health care industry.
  6. Propose the standardized procedure of this practice.
  7. Describe and analyze the risks, benefits and alternatives.
  8. Describe the education components and/or requirements for initial and on-going competency.
  9. Describe the relationship of this practice to current and previous practice decisions, statutes, regulations, and advisory opinions.
  10. Include your name, place of employment and a phone number where you can be reached.

Social Media Guidelines

The use of social media and other electronic communication is expanding exponentially as the number of social media outlets, platforms and applications available continue to increase. The very nature of this medium however can pose a risk as it offers instantaneous posting opportunities that allow little time for reflective thought and carries the added burden that what is posted on the Internet can be discovered by law even when it is long deleted.


Practice Decisions

RNs MAY:

General

IV/catheters

OBGYN

Miscellaneous


LPNs MAY:

General

Miscellaneous


APPRENTICE NURSE


CNAs


Within Scope of Practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Other


OUT OF SCOPE OF NURSES’ PRACTICE

RNs and LPNs MAY NOT

LPNs MAY NOT


RESCINDED PRACTICE DECISIONS*

*A rescinded practice decision is no longer an approved practice decision and therefore no longer valid

Continuing Education

Please click on the link below for information on how to determine whether a CE provider is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing

Please note: MEDCEU is not an approved CE Provider

Application for Continuing Education Provider
APRN Continuing Education Requirement
Bioterrorism Continuing Education Course Requirement
Continuing Education Regulations – Administrative Code Chapter 632
Link to Nurse Practice Act Continuing Education Course
Suicide Prevention and Opioid Courses

Continuing Education/Training FAQs

How many CEs/CNA training hours are required for renewal?

RN/LPN
The Nevada Nurse Practice Act requires all renewing RNs and LPNs to complete 30 hours of nursing-related continuing education per renewal cycle. The Nurse Practice Act requires a one-time 4-hour bioterrorism course to be completed.

  • 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.

CNA
The Nevada Nurse Practice Act requires all renewing CNAs to complete 24 hours of CNA-related continuing training within the certificate renewal period. CNAs must also have practiced as a CNA under the direction of a licensed nurse for a minimum of 40 hours per renewal cycle. While the legislature didn’t mandate the bioterrorism course for CNAs, the Board highly encourages them to take it as part of their 24-hour continuing education/training renewal requirement.

APRN
The Nevada Nurse Practice Act requires APRNs to take an additional 15 CEs directly related to their specialties to include a 2 hour suicide prevention course completed every 4 years, a 2 hour substance use and abuse course completed every renewal cycle, and maintain a portfolio pursuant to NAC 632.2563. Instructions for the portfolio can be found by following this link:
APRN Portfolio Instructions

CRNA
The Nevada Nurse Practice Act requires CRNAs to take an additional 15 hours of CEs related to the practice as a nurse anesthetist.

How do I submit my CEs/CNA training hours to the Board?

Rather than requiring licensees 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 an audit. Then, the Board conducts random audits to ensure compliance. Failure to complete the continuing education within the renewal period, or failure to produce evidence of CE/training completion when audited, may result in disciplinary action. Please refer to the article in the September 2019 Nursing News

What are approved continuing education/training providers?

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 (includes Boards of Medical Examiners, Pharmacy, and social workers), 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 for Nursing

What is the law for the mandatory Bioterrorism course?

The course must include the following components to be an approved course:

  • An overview of acts of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction;
  • Personal protective equipment required for acts of terrorism;
  • Common symptoms and methods of treatment associated with exposure to, or injuries caused by, chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear agents;
  • Syndromic surveillance and reporting procedures for acts of terrorism that involve biological agents; and
  • An overview of the information available on, and the use of, the Health Alert Network

What continuing education/training courses can I take?

  • Looking for a provider? Check with your human resources/staff development office, or try a web search, using key words like “Nurse (or CNA) continuing education.”
  • What kind of course can you 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 practice of the nurse or CNA (CNAs, please refer to the CNA Skills Guidelines).
  • Can’t find the classes the Board ordered you to take? Call the Board at 888-590-6726 and you will be directed to someone who can help you.

Please note: Make sure the continuing education/training provider is accepted by the Board.

How many CEs/CNA Training hours does a course equal?

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

Forms/Frequently Asked Questions

APRN

CNA

CRNA

Criminal Convictions

EMS

Fees

Fingerprinting

Mailing list

Nevada Nurse Portal

Nursing Personnel Lists

RN/LPN

Third Party Authorization

Education Programs

Approved Nursing Programs

Download the list of approved nursing education programs in Nevada here


NCLEX Pass Rates for Nevada Schools

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2020 RN Quarterly Pass Rates

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Approved Refresher Programs Information

According to NAC 632.192 (4): An applicant for renewal of a license who has not practiced nursing during the immediately preceding 5-year period must complete a course or program approved by the Board if he has otherwise satisfied the requirements for renewal set forth in this chapter and chapter 632 of NRS.

Click here to download the instructions for renewing your RN/LPN license after 5 years of inactivity



Approved CNA Training Program

Download a list of approved CNA training programs in Nevada here


CNA Certification Exam Results

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CNA Instructor Train the Trainer Program

The three approved colleges that offer the Train the Trainer course are listed below with their contact information:

College of Southern Nevada – For information verification on upcoming dates for the Train the Trainer course at CSN, please contact Carla Wright at carla.wright@csn.edu

Next Class Date: 04/29/2021 and 04/30/2021
Time: 9am to 5pm

Great Basin College – For information verification on upcoming dates for the Train the Trainer course at GBC, please contact Brian Dankowski at brian.dankowski@gbcnv.edu

Next Class Date: 02/15/2021-02/20/2021
Date: 05/03/2021-05/08/2021

TMCC– not offering classes currently.
Next Class Date: TBD


Nursing Assistant Instructor

To qualify to become a Nursing Assistant Instructor, NRS 632.2856 and NAC 632.775 requires applicants to have a current Nevada RN license, at least three (3) years of experience in nursing (one (1) year of which must be in caring for the elderly or chronically ill), and successfully completed a Board-approved Train the Trainer Course. Please complete an application via the Nevada Nurse Portal, submit a copy of your Train the Trainer certificate, and a letter on letterhead from a current or past employer verifying one (1) year of experience in caring for the elderly or chronically ill.