EMERGENCY RESPONSE LICENSURE INFORMATION
Holly Carter / Thursday, March 26, 2020 / Categories: Work World

EMERGENCY RESPONSE LICENSURE INFORMATION

On March 13, 2020, The President of the United States declared a national emergency, allowing the use of powers granted by the National Emergencies Act. This gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services “the power to waive certain federal licensing requirements so that health professionals from other states can provide services in states with the greatest need.”

 

NCSBN has compiled information about emergency action by states. Included: whether the state is in the NLC, if there is an emergency licensing waiver and applicable statutory/administrative provisions (e.g., nurse practice act, emergency management statutes, etc.).

Please note: Below is a summarized chart of States with modified licensing, for full description please visit State Response to COVID-19 as it will have the most up to date information.

As the current situation progresses, please keep in mind to expect changes and ALWAYS refer to the individual facility’s guidelines. Keep up to date with the Official NCBSN – Emergency Response by Nurses and Licensing Information.

 

STATE
MEMBER OF NLC?
EMERGENCY LICENSING WAIVER

ALABAMA

YES

Licensed nurses allowed to work in Alabama without a license for 30 days.

ARIZONA

YES

Process for temporary waiver of professional licensure requirements

ARKANSAS

YES

Expedited Licensing Process (single state, valid three months)

CALIFORNIA

NO

Those responding to COVID-19 shall be permitted to provide services upon approval

DELAWARE

YES

Certain nurses with an active license and in good standing are authorized

WASHINGTON DC

NO

Licensure, registration/certification requirements shall be waived

FLORIDA

YES

Those with license in good standing may render services for no longer than thirty days

GEORGIA

YES

Temporary licenses for those who apply and are in good standing in another state (APRN, RN, LPN)

GUAM

NO

May waive any or all licensing requirements, permits or fees

HAWAII

NO

Allow out of state LPN, RN, APRN

IDAHO

YES

Idaho BON is offering temporary licensure for one-time short-term licensure for LPN and RN from non-compact states

INDIANA

AWAITING

Able to work in Indiana if holds equivalent license from another state

IOWA

YES

Those who licenses have expired within 5 years prior are able solely for the duration of emergency

KANSAS

YES

Exempt license shall be granted only to those that meet requirements

KENTUCKY

YES

Must be currently licensed nurse in another state

LOUISIANA

YES

Temporary appointment, licensing for those willing to assist

MAINE

YES

Governor has temporary power to modify/suspend requirements of licensure/registration if needed

MARYLAND

YES

Must hold valid, unexpired license in another state

MASSACHUSETTS

NO

Expidited process of license applications

MICHIGAN

NO

Individuals that meet requirements do not need to have state license

MISSISSIPPI

YES

Disaster temporary permits issued to eligible individuals

MISSOURI

YES

Expedited licensure application

MONTANA

YES

Must possess an active, unrestricted license in another state

NEW HAMPSHIRE

YES

Any out of state professional are permitted to provide services

NEW JERSEY

AWAITING

Waiving host of regulatory requirements also accepting NLC members

NEW MEXICO

YES

RN OR LPN licensed can work in NM for no longer than 30 days

NEW YORK

NO

Allowing RN, LPN & Nurse Practitioner. In good standing in any states

NORTH CAROLINA

YES

RN holding active, unrestricted single state license in non-compact can practice in NC during State of Emergency

NORTH DAKOTA

YES

Must be licensed in other states and in good standing

OHIO

NO

Allowing nurses holding an active, valid license during declared disaster (begin practicing within 2-3 business days)

OKLAHOMA

YES

Allowing medical professionals holding license/certificate/permit in another state to practice

OREGON

NO

Nurses/nursing assistants licensed in other states/US jurisdiction can provide care under special provisions

PENNSYLVANIA

NO

Temporary permits for RN licensed in other states can be issued immediately upon application

RHODE ISLAND

NO

Must submit application/verification of license to receive 90-day license

SOUTH CAROLINA

YES

May waive any or all licensing requirements, permits, fees

SOUTH DAKOTA

YES

Full recognition to licenses held by any compact member state.

Temporary Permit available for no more than 90 days.

TENNESSEE

YES

Suspending certain licensing requirements

TEXAS

YES

Fast-tracking temporary licensing – Must be in good standing

UTAH

YES

Licensed nurse without restrictions/conditions may practice in Utah for limited time

VERMONT

NO

Allowing temporary License for 90 days, renewable until emergency is over

VIRGINIA

YES

Waives requirements for submission of fee

WASHINGTON

NO

Health practitioner licensed in another state and in good standing and registered in volunteer health practitioner system

WISCONSIN

YES

Allowing nurses licensed in another state with certain requirements

WYOMING

YES

Allowing nurse/nursing assistant currently licensed in another state

 

States currently with no further response to the national emergency: 
ALASKA, AMERICAN SAMOA, COLORADO (NLC), CONNECTICUT, ILLINOIS, MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA (NLC), NEVADA, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS, WEST VIRGINIA (NLC)

If you want to help, and are looking for jobs in states with the most demand, visit our Current Crisis jobs.

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