- I attended the virtual Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) this week. Periodically, the National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will post the NLC Tip of the Week. These are commonly asked questions about the NLC. If you are interested in subscribing to the NLC Tip of the Week, go to http://www.ncsbn.org/13616.htm
- As many of you know, there is an APRN compact that is separate from the nursing compact. The APRN compact has been enacted in 3 states. At this week’s NCSBN Delegate Assembly, a motion was made to change the current APRN language to include 2080 required practice hours prior to an APRN getting a multi-state license. The motion was approved. Our Board, a voting member of the NCSBN delegate, voted against this new language. Many APRN organizations were also not in favor of the new language.
- The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Statewide Forensic Program Director is seeking input from APRNs who might qualify to apply to be certified criminal competency examiners for misdemeanor offenders. This requires a change to the NAC relative to NRS. APRNs were sent the information but anyone interested should contact Dr. Elizabeth Neighbors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Nevada Legislature began their special session July 31, 2020 to address policy issues that need to be addressed prior to the regular legislative session. The outcomes of the session are not yet known.
- The NSBN is working with other licensing boards to address the potential surge of patients in our healthcare system. We are looking at opportunities to assist healthcare facilities while not creating additional regulatory barriers
- The National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has joined with other nursing organizations to promote a practice-partnership model during the COVID-19 crisis
- For nursing students: Please check Pearson VUE regarding test centers. Changes do occur and we want to be sure you are able to take NCLEX in a timely manner
- The NSBN continues to address and evaluate policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the work environment