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 Ineligible providers include those whose licenses have been revoked or voluntarily surrendered as a result of disciplinary proceedings.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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Amid the uncertainty and evolving challenges with COVID-19, the Nevada State Board of Nursing (NSBN) has issued the following mandates:

  • NOTE TO NCLEX CANDIDATES
    – As of May 1, 2020 Pearson-Vue will open all testing centers in the US while following social distancing mandates. The testing centers will be open unless there is a government mandate to shut it down (Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

    – Scheduling is open to all Pearson-VUE testing clients

    – NCLEX Candidates scheduled after May 1 will not be unscheduled unless social distancing guidelines require this

    – With social distancing guidelines in place, testing will be at 50% capacity
  • NOTE TO NCLEX CANDIDATES: RENO AND LAS VEGAS HAVE NOW OPENED TESTING SITES. CONTACT PEARSON-VUE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • The Reno and Las Vegas offices are closed to the public with only core staff available to maintain operations
  • We have cancelled in-office fingerprinting in both the Reno and Las Vegas offices
  • All NSBN Advisory meetings scheduled through April 2020 have been cancelled
  • We will continue to process applications for licensure and certification. All applications must be submitted through the Nevada Nurse Portal
  • If applicable, temporary licenses due to expire though May 31, 2020 may be extended three (3) months upon request.
  • We will continue to process complaints received

The Nevada State Board of Nursing will have limited access to our phone service; if you have any questions regarding your license/certificate, please send a message via the nurse portal. For general questions, please send an email to nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the Nevada State Board of Nursing open?

Yes, we are open but closed to the public and have limited staff available to maintain core functions. We will have limited access to phones, if you need to assistance, please send a message through your nurse portal account or an email to: nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us.

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

Yes, Nevada law requires that you hold an active license or certificate in order to practice as a nurse or CNA in Nevada.

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 and nursing students. The waiver applies to qualified providers who currently hold a valid 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. 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. This form can be found on our website here: Notification of License Waiver Form

If you wish to apply for a temporary or permanent license or renewal in Nevada not pursuant to the directive, you may still submit your application for endorsement or exam through the Nevada Nurse Portal.

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

No, for details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above. If you wish to apply for a temporary or permanent license or renewal in Nevada not pursuant to the directive, you may still submit your application through the Nevada Nurse Portal.

Can I expedite my application?

No, all applications 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?

For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above. Yes, pursuant to Governor Sisolak’s Directive Order 010 all licenses and certificates that are due to expire March 12th through April 30th will automatically be granted a 90-day extension. Please check your nurse portal account to verify your new expiration date. Please note, that if you would like to submit your renewal application you may do so through your nurse portal account within 60 days of your new expiration date.

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

For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above. Yes, 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/

Where can I get my fingerprints captured?

The Nevada State Board of Nursing’s Reno and Las Vegas offices are currently closed to the public. We have been informed that there are still locations open to complete fingerprint capture that will be practicing social distancing and have limited availability. Fingerprint locations throughout Nevada: 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?

For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above. Temporary licenses have been extended pursuant to Emergency Directive 010. You may still complete the application process to obtain your permanent license. 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.

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?

For details regarding practicing under Emergency Directive 011, please see above. Temporary licenses have been extended pursuant to Emergency Directive 010. You may still complete the application process to obtain your permanent license. 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

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.