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Will Advanced Registered Nurse Practioners (ARNPs) be required to obtain a Doctor of Nurse Practice degree in 2015?

Requiring an ARNP to obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) would require a legislative action. Currently, there is no mandate regarding this educational requirement. You may review the APRN Consensus Model on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) websites for further information with your inquiry.

How can I access licensure and enforcement data about health care practitioners and establishments regulated by the Florida Department of Health?

You can use the online tools to search for licensure and enforcement data about health care practitioners and establishments. Data can be downloaded for licensees, enforcement, MQA reports and statistical data.

How do I find CE courses on CEBroker.com?

Please review this tutorial for instructions on navigating the CEBroker website.

Is Excelsior College’s nursing education program approved by the Florida Board of Nursing?

Excelsior College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (formerly NLNAC). Excelsior College is based in Albany, New York and is therefore not included in the list of Florida pre-licensure nursing education programs on our website. You may view the accreditation status of ACEN accredited programs at acenursing.org.

Are graduates of Excelsior College’s nursing education program eligible to sit for the NCLEX in Florida?

Graduates of Excelsior’s ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited nursing education programs are eligible to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing for licensure by examination pursuant to section 464.008, Florida Statutes. Excelsior nursing graduates who meet the requirements for licensure in Florida are granted full licenses without limitations or conditions.

Does the Florida Board of Nursing maintain of list of approved ARNP programs?

The Florida Board of Nursing does not complete a primary source verification of education for all of its Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP).

We do not maintain a list of “approved” ARNP programs.

Florida ARNP applicants are required to hold an RN license, a master’s degree or post-master’s certificate in a nursing clinical specialty area and national advanced practice certification from an approved nursing specialty board. The certification requirements for all the Board approved certifying bodies mirror the licensure requirements for Florida. Therefore, we only require proof of the applicant’s national certification and an official transcript.

Rule 64B9-4.002(3), F.A.C., provides the professional or national nursing specialty boards recognized by the Board. You may find the full rule on the web at: www.flrules.org

Please visit your prospective certifying body’s website, i.e. the ANCC, for additional information regarding ARNP certification eligibility requirements. www.nursecredentialing.org

Generally, certifying bodies require a program to be accredited by CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and to include advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology, a minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours, and content in health promotion and disease management.

What can I do to determine if a nursing task which includes procedures/treatments is within my scope of practice?

Nurses have the option of filing a “Petition for Declaratory Statement”.
In many instances nursing duties and responsibilities are not specifically addressed in the Florida Nurse Practice Act (Chapter 464, FS), or the Rules of the Florida Board of Nursing (Title 64B9, Florida Administrative Codes)

Declaratory statements are an agency’s opinion as to the applicability of a statutory provision, or of any rule or order of the agency, as it applies to the petitioner’s particular set of circumstances (s. 120.565, F.S.). This page is a listing of declaratory statements.

Requests to file a “Petition for Declaratory Statement” can be located by selecting the link below:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/public-records/declaratory/index.html

Can hours earned from a CPR course be applied to the 24 hour continuing education requirement for licensure renewal?

Hours earned after the completion of a Basic Life Support (BLS) course or an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) recertification course can’t be applied towards the 24 hour continuing education requirement for purposes of licensure renewal.

The Florida Board of Nursing adopted the position of the ANCC, effective as of June 1, 2011.

The following courses ceased to offer continuing education renewal credit as of June 1, 2011:

  • CPR/AED certification and re-certification courses, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and re-certification courses, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) re-certification courses
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) re-certification courses, and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) re-certification courses

Continuing education renewal credit will still be permitted for the following:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification courses, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification courses, and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification courses

The ANCC disseminated the rationale in August 2009:

  • BLS is no longer an augment to the nurse’s basic knowledge. Therefore it doesn’t meet the definition of continuing nursing education. Universities now require the student to be certified in BLS before ever entering the academic program. BLS is not an augmentation of knowledge; it is a basic preparation for training.

The advanced life support activities meet the definition of CNE because they are not included in the nurse’s basic training and therefore augment that training.

I did not receive an email with my temporary password.

Check your email account’s junk mail folder. If the temporary password email is not in your junk mail folder, make sure you entered your valid email address correctly. If your email was entered correctly, please wait at least one hour to receive the email (NOTE: Some email systems take longer to receive emails than others. Even though we send the email immediately, it make take some time for you to receive it.)

What do I need to get started in the new MQA Online Services Portal?

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a compatible web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome) installed, your social security number, date of birth, and your mailing address zip code currently on file with the Department of Health.

*Note: MQA Online Services is not fully compatible with all mobile devices or Apple Safari at this time.

I already have a user ID and password that I used in previous renewals. Why do I have to register for a new account?

We have updated our MQA Online Services Portal to be more user-friendly. Registration is a one-time process and you can use your email address or a user ID that you will easily remember to set up your account.

I’m receiving an error that my email address is already in use.

This commonly occurs when a user has already created an account. Please use the Forgot User ID link on the MQA Online Service log-in page. If you cannot remember your password, you can select the Reset Password button to have a new password emailed to you.

I locked my account, how do I unlock it?

Accounts are locked after 5 failed login attempts. You must close your browser and wait one hour before attempting to login again.

I no longer have access to the email account I registered with.

You can update your email address by selecting the Update Account link within the MQA Online Services Portal. If you do not remember your password, please contact the MQA Call Center at (850) 488-0595 for assistance in changing your email address.

Why do I have to provide my email address twice?

Your email address is initially used to create your user account. We ask for your email address a second time when you renew as part of your renewal application’s contact information; however, providing your email address on an application is optional.

Will my email address be available to the public?

The email address provided at the time of registration is private and will not be provided to the public. If you provide an email address within an application’s contact information (i.e. when renewing), the address will be saved in our licensing database and becomes public information.

Why must I pay a $5.00 unlicensed activity fee to obtain a license or renew my license?

The $5 unlicensed activity fee is required by Section 456.065, Florida Statutes, and is used by the Department of Health to fund efforts to combat unlicensed activity. All licensees pay a $5 unlicensed activity fee as part of their initial license fee and license renewal fees.

 

Why must I pay a $5.00 student loan forgiveness fee to obtain a license or renew my license?

The Florida Legislature established the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program (NSLFP) in 1989 to encourage qualified personnel to seek employment in areas of the state where critical nursing shortages exist. The program provides funds to assist in the repayment of nursing education loans. All nursing licensees pay this $5.00 fee as part of their initial license fee and license renewal fees.

What is the process for acquiring a DEA registration number from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?

To apply for a registration number or for registration support, please visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control website at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/index.html

Registration numbers are linked to state licenses and may be suspended or revoked upon any disciplinary action taken against a licensee.

What is the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)?

In March 2016, the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) was enrolled into Florida law. The enhanced NLC will allow Florida’s registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) to have one multi-state license with the ability to practice in all nursing compact member states. The enhanced NLC will come into effect either when 26 states pass legislation supporting the enhanced NLC or on December 21, 2018, whichever comes first. For more information about the NLC, please visit our NLC Microsite.

How can I find CRNA information?

If you are looking for information on a CRNA, search under using ARNP.

How do I register as a Controlled Substance Prescriber?

Effective January 1, 2017, in accordance with section 456.44(2), Florida Statutes, an allopathic physician licensed under Chapter 458, an osteopathic physician licensed under Chapter 459, a podiatric physician licensed under Chapter 461, a dentist licensed under Chapter 466, a physician assistant licensed under Chapter 458 or Chapter 459, or an advanced registered nurse practitioner certified under part I of Chapter 464 who prescribes any controlled substance listed as Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV narcotics as defined in s. 893.03, for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain, must designate himself or herself as a controlled substance prescribing practitioner on the practitioner profile.

To designate oneself as a controlled substance prescribing practitioner as provided in section 456.44, Florida Statutes:

Visit our secure “Online Services” website at: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/mqa-services

If you have not created an account in our new Online Services Portal, click “No” and follow the instructions provided to complete your one-time account registration.

In you have already created an account, click “Yes” and log in using your MQA Online Services user ID and password. This is the same user ID and password used to renew your license online.

Under the “Manage My License” section, select “Controlled Substance Prescribing” and follow the instructions to indicate you are a prescriber of controlled substances for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain.

Note: The online system can assist you if you do not remember your login ID or password. If you are unable to login please call 850-488-0595 and a representative will assist you.

“Chronic nonmalignant pain” is defined as pain unrelated to cancer which persists beyond the usual course of disease or the injury that is the cause of the pain or more than 90 days after surgery.

NCLEX Information

The 2017 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and 2017 NCLEX Information Flyer (effective Jan. 1, 2017) is now available on the NCSBN website.

The 2017 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin is an important resource for candidates seeking licensure/registration in the U.S. and Canada. It provides information on how to register to take the NCLEX, how to schedule an appointment, the rules that they are expected to follow on the day of the exam as well as information on receiving NCLEX results. The Bulletin is available in both English and French.

The NCLEX Information Flyer provides a quick reference for important NCLEX information for candidates.

The 2017 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and 2017 NCLEX Information Flyer can be found on the Candidate Bulletin and Information page of the NCSBN website.

Has there been a change to CE requirement rules and regulations?

Yes, a new CE requirement was added during the 2017 legislative session.

s.464.013(6)(C), F.S. now includes a new CE requirement for all Florida nursing professionals.

The Board shall require each person licensed or certified under this chapter to complete a 2 hour CE course on human trafficking, as defined in s.787.06(2).

All nursing professionals must complete this course every biennium beginning January 1, 2019. The first licensees who will need to fulfill this CE requirement are those renewing April 30, 2019.

The course must consists of data and information on all of the following:
• The types of human trafficking
• Factors that place a person at greater risk of being a victim of human trafficking
• Public and private social services available for rescue, food, clothing and shelter referrals
• Hotlines for reporting human trafficking which are maintained by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the United States Department of Homeland Security
• Validated assessment tools for identifying a human trafficking victim and general indicators that a person may be a victim of human trafficking
• Procedures for sharing information related to human trafficking with a patient
• Referral options for legal and social services

Are nurses required to complete the new Human Trafficking continuing education course if they qualify for the CE exemption, as outlined in Section 464.013, FS?

Yes, all nurses are required to complete this mandatory course for
licensure bienniums ending after January 1, 2019,
including those nurses who qualify
for the CE exemption.

Can I use my specialty nursing certification to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew my license?

A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.

Please note: The CE exemption based on certification does not apply to the 3 hour Safely Prescribing Controlled Substances course requirement or the 2 hour Human Trafficking course requirement.

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

Removing barriers to cross-border practice, the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is an interstate agreement allowing a nurse to have one license and the privilege to practice in other compact states. Implemented in 2000, the NLC fosters public protection and access to care through the mutual recognition of one state-based license that is enforced locally and recognized nationally. Along with a majority of state nurses associations, hospital associations and health care facilities in every state overwhelmingly support the NLC. The NLC includes important patient safety features such as facilitation of the sharing of licensure, investigative and disciplinary action information among member states. Since the NLC’s initial launch, advances in technology and an increasingly mobile nursing workforce and patient population have created the need to break down barriers to interstate practice. Access to care has expanded and telehealth has transformed care delivery and erased geographic boundaries. The NLC has the ability to remove the licensure barrier to telehealth practice for more than 4 million nurses.

Do all nurses qualify for the designation as a “Psychiatric” nurse?

No, only an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who has met the necessary requirements outlined in statute is recognized as a psychiatric nurse.

Pursuant to s.394.455(35), F.S., “Psychiatric nurse” means an advanced registered nurse practitioner certified under s.464.012 who has a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, holds a national advanced practice certification as a psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse, and has 2 years of post-master’s clinical experience under the supervision of a physician.

For more information about this advanced practice certification, please visit the “Latest News” section of our website at http://floridasnursing.gov/latest-news/important-legislative-update-regarding-hb-977/.

What is the State of Florida doing to counteract prescription drug abuse?

In 2009, the Florida legislature adopted a new law to address the state’s growing problem with prescription drug abuse and diversion. Chapter 893.055 established new guidelines for operating pain management clinics and approved development and utilization of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“PDMP”) database to collect controlled substance prescription records from dispensers.

For further information concerning PDMP, http://flboardofmedicine.gov/latest-news/prescription-drug-monitoring-program-2/

What is the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact?

Florida is a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The eNLC allows a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse licensed in a Compact state to practice across state lines in another Compact state without having to obtain a license in the other state. It is important to remember that the eNLC requires nurses to adhere to the nursing practice laws and rules of the state in which he/she practices under his/her Compact license. If a nurse moves from one state to another and establishes residency, the nurse must apply for licensure in that state. Please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website (www.ncsbn.org) for a list of states that have implemented the Compact. If a party state issues a temporary permit or temporary license to an endorsee, that permit or license shall confer the same rights and privileges of nursing practice as does the permanent license among party states. Nursys will not track temporary licenses and employer must verify licensure directly from the state issuing the temporary permit/license.

How can I find out about requesting an exemption?

Licensees employed or seeking employment with a health care facility licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration may find information regarding exemptions, the Exemption Matrix for Disqualifying offenses, and the exemption application found on the MQA Online Services System

When will Florida begin issuing multi-state licenses?

Beginning January 19, 2018, Florida will issue a multi-state license to new applicants if all requirements for compact licensure are met. Existing Florida RNs and LPNs will have the option to apply to convert their current licenses to multi-state licenses as of January 19th as well.

Are current NLC states the same as the eNLC states?

The states that are part of the eNLC are not exactly the same as the original NLC. If you have an eNLC multistate license, you can only practice in those designated eNLC states. You will need a single state license issued by every other state in which you plan to practice to continue to deliver care in each of those states. Click here to view a map showing up to date eNLC membership information.

What does the eNLC mean for employers?

Once the eNLC is effective, your nurses will now be able to practice (in person or by telehealth) in other eNLC states with just one license obtained in their state of residence. Faculty and military spouses will just need one license to teach or practice across states in the eNLC. The eNLC is only for registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/VNs), not for advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs).

How do I request a declaratory statement or variance and waiver of a Board rule?

Information  on the requirements and how to file a Declaratory Statement can be found online on the Declaratory Statements page. Please note, a variance or waiver can only be granted for a Board Rule, not a Florida Statute.

What are the Benefits of being part of the eNLC?

The compact gives nurses the ability to practice in multiple states with one license and reduces regulatory requirements by removing the necessity for obtaining a license in each state.

Where can I find a list of all the approved and accredited pre-licensure nursing education programs in Florida?

A list of all the approved and accredited pre-licensure nursing education programs in Florida are available on website entitled Compare Florida Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs”.

How do I know what my declared state of residency is?

Your declared state of residency is your primary state of residence where your permanent and principal home is located. Proof of your primary state of residence can be found on the following documentation:

  • A driver’s license with a home address
  • Voter registration card displaying a home address
  • Federal income tax return declaring the primary state of residence
  • W2 from US Government or any bureau, division or agency thereof indicating the
    declared state of residence

What is the difference between an “approved” and an “accredited” pre-licensure nursing education program in Florida?

An “approved” nursing education program is a program for the prelicensure education of professional or practical nurses that is conducted in Florida at an educational institution that is approved and regulated under s.464.019, Florida Statutes. Approved nursing education programs are not required to be accredited; however, many programs are regionally or nationally accredited through educational or vocational accrediting agencies.

An “accredited” nursing education program, as defined by s. 464.003, Florida Statutes, is a program for the prelicensure education of professional or practical nurses that is conducted in the United States at an educational institution, whether in Florida, another state, or the District of Columbia, and that is accredited by a specialized nursing accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the United States Secretary of Education to accredit nursing education programs Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)).

What if I was licensed in Florida before Florida joined the eNLC?

Florida RNs and LPNs will be able to start applying on January 19th to convert to a multi-state
license and must meet the following requirements.

  • Have a current, Clear, Active license
  • Graduated from a qualifying education program (or graduated from a foreign program verified by independent credentials review agency)
  • Pass the NCLEX exam
  • Have no active discipline on a license
  • Submit to a federal criminal background check
  • Have no felony conviction
  • Not currently enrolled in an alternative to discipline program (i.e. IPN)
  • Have a valid U. S. Social Security number

Will my choice of attending one rather than the other impact my eligibility to sit for the licensing examination?

Graduates of both approved and accredited nursing education programs are eligible to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing for licensure by examination.

Accredited programs included on the Florida Board of Nursing’s comparative website are programs that have a physical presence in the state of Florida. Program status of out-of-state nursing education programs may be verified through the specific Board of Nursing that issued approval or through a national nursing accrediting body (ACEN or CCNE).

What if I move to another state?

  • Moving between 2 party states- obtain license from the new home state; license from the former home state is no longer valid.
  • Moving from a nonparty state to a party state- obtain license from the new home state; license from the non-compact state is not affected and remains in full force.
  • Moving from a party state to a nonparty state- license issued by the prior home state converts to a single state license “valid only in___”.

What is the significance of nursing education program NCLEX passage rates and the NCLEX National Average passage rate?

The NCLEX or National Council Licensure Examination is the national licensing examination for practical and registered nurses. Quarterly and cumulative passage rates for first time test takers are calculated and published by a contracted testing service and are made available to the Florida Board of Nursing and are posted on the website.

The NCLEX National Average passage rate is the average number of all member first time test takers for a reporting period, calculated by the National Testing Service using the test takers’ scores during the reporting period, to determine the average of the conglomerate scores.

Pursuant to s.464.019, F.S., the Florida Board of Nursing monitors these passage rates to ensure the achievement of Florida approved nursing education program graduates. Approved nursing education programs must achieve a graduate passage rate that is not lower than 10 percentage points less than the average passage rate for graduates of comparable degree programs who are United States educated, first-time test takers on the NCLEX during a calendar year. An approved nursing education program shall be placed on Approved/probationary status by the Florida Board of Nursing pursuant to s. 464.019 for failure to meet the required passage rates on the NCLEX for two consecutive calendar years.

For more information on NCLEX passage rates or to view individual Florida nursing education program NCLEX passage rates on our interactive website entitled “Compare Florida Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs”, please visit our Education and Training Programs page.

Which professions are eligible to obtain a multi-state license under the eNLC?

The eNLC is only for RN and LPN licenses, not any ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners).

If I graduate from a nursing education program with Approved/probationary status, will I be able to sit for the NCLEX?

Yes. Graduates of nursing education programs with Approved/probationary status are eligible to apply to the Florida Board Nursing for licensure by examination.

Why is a particular nursing education program that I am interested in not coming up on my comparison search on the interactive pre-licensure nursing education program website?

The comparison search data is refreshed nightly and may not reflect information for newly approved or accredited programs. The program may also not be an approved or accredited nursing education program based in Florida. Please contact the Florida Board of Nursing at MQA_NursingEducation_Correspondence@doh.state.fl.us to confirm the nursing education program status.

What is the difference between the “Accrediting Body” and “Accreditation” categories on the nursing education program comparison website?

The “Accrediting Body” category identifies the specific accrediting agency. The “Accreditation” category indicates the status applied to each nursing education program by the Florida Board of Nursing to indicate whether the program has specialized nursing accreditation, other national or regional educational accreditation, or no accreditation. Nursing education programs may have multiple listings under both categories.

What is “Retention Rate”?

The percentage of the number of students tracked from program entry to graduation.

What is the difference between an A.D.N. program and a B.S.N. program?

Both types of these professional nursing educational programs prepare the graduate for eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse. A.D.N. or Associate Degree in Nursing programs are usually two year programs. B.S.N. or Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree programs are usually four year programs.

Where can I view the applications for approved nursing education programs submitted after July 1, 2009?

To view an application for an approved nursing education program submitted after July 1, 2009 please visit http://ww10.doh.state.fl.us/pub/bon/

Where can I view an approved nursing education program’s annual summary of compliance with s. 464.019, Florida Statutes?

To view an approved nursing education program’s annual summary of compliance with s. 464.019, Florida Statutes, please visit http://ww10.doh.state.fl.us/pub/bon/

How can I find out which nursing education programs in Florida offer courses online?

Nursing education programs may deliver course content through several venues. Please contact the nursing education program directly for this information.

How can I find out which nursing education programs in Florida are LPN-RN bridge programs?

The Florida Board of Nursing does not regulate admission criteria for nursing programs. Please contact the nursing program directly for information on advanced placement opportunities

Where can I find a list of post-licensure/graduate nursing education programs in Florida?

The Florida Board of Nursing does not regulate post-licensure nursing education programs, for example RN-BSN or other advanced nursing degrees. Please contact the Florida Department of Education for this information. www.fldoe.org.

What do I do if I have a complaint about a nursing education program in Florida?

Please send your complaint by email or letter giving the details of your complaint to:

E-mail Address: MQA.ConsumerServices@flhealth.gov
Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Consumer Services Unit
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C75
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3275 

Where can I find the Florida law and rules related to nursing education programs?

You may view the Chapter 464, Nurse Practice Act, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64B9, Rules of the Florida Board of Nursing, Florida Administrative Code, please visit (insert link here)

What is the process for placing programs on probation?

Beginning in 2012, approved nursing education programs that performed below the minimum standard for NCLEX passage rates for two consecutive calendar years will be placed on probation pursuant to section 464.019(5), Florida Statutes. NCLEX scores for the previous calendar year are released in January of each year.

A program on probation has one year to meet the minimum standard for NCLEX passage rates. If a program meets the minimum standard, the program will be removed from probation. A program on probation that fails to meet the minimum standard will be terminated by the Board of Nursing.

Pursuant to Florida law, the Board of Nursing is authorized to extend a program’s probationary status for one (1) additional year if the program demonstrates “adequate progress” towards the “graduate passage rate goal”. Nursing education programs that are placed on probation are required to disclose their probationary status in writing to the program’s students and applicants

Pursuant to Florida law the board shall deny a program application for a new prelicensure nursing education program submitted by an educational institution if the institution has an existing program that is already on probationary status.

What is the process to become a new Nursing Assistant training program?

Please review this document to access the application and directions for a new training program.

You may view the Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks.

For questions pertaining to the application process, you may contact the Nurse Consultant line at 850-245-4444 ext. 3612.

What is the process for C.N.A. program renewal?

CNA programs must be renewed every two years. You may access the renewal application here. The director/coordinator listed on the renewal form must be the person that will submit your school list, unless otherwise indicated. Your renewal application can be mailed to the main Board address at:

 

Board of Nursing
Department of Health
Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin C-02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Where can I find the CNA scope of practice and a list of authorized duties?

The CNA scope of practice is addressed in Chapter 464, Part II, Florida Statutes and Chapter 64B9-15.002, Florida Administrative Code.

Setting specific practice guidelines may also be addressed in other sections of the law regulating the administration of healthcare and the institution/agency’s accrediting body’s regulations.  Licensees and interested parties are encouraged to visit the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration’s (AHCA) website for additional information.

What equipment do I need in the lab?

For information on what equipment is needed in the laboratory setting, you may contact the Supervisor for Health Science Education with the Department of Education (DOE) at 850-245-9018 or a Program Specialist for the Commission for Independent Education (CIE) at 850-245-3200

What are the guidelines for admitting students with criminal history?

Each CNA program makes independent decisions about admissions into the program and may require a criminal background screening as part of that process. Please be advised that the background screening is specific to program enrollment and clinical training. Applicants for C.N.A. certification will undergo a Level II background check and must meet the requirements for certification as outlined in statute.

What are the requirements for training program curriculum and faculty?

Please review section 64B9-15.005, Florida Administrative Code (insert link here)

How can I become a Board Member?

Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. You may apply by contacting the Governor’s Appointment Office at 850-488-9243 or by visiting the website: http://www.flgov.com/appointments/

Who can attend Board Meetings?

All Board meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend. You may find a schedule of upcoming Board meetings on the Meetings Page)

What are the deadlines to have an item placed on the Board agenda?

Agenda items must be submitted to the Board of Nursing 30 days prior to any particular Board meeting date. Staff must have sufficient time to review documentation prior to it being placed on the agenda. If, upon review, the application for licensure is found to be complete and requires review by the Board Members, it will be placed on the next available Board Meeting. The application must be complete at least 30 days prior to the Board Meeting date.

Where can I find the minutes from the latest meeting?

The minutes from our Board Meetings can be found on our website at: Past Meeting Information and Materials

What is Florida’s Alternative to Discipline Program?

Florida’s alternative to discipline is the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN). http://www.ipnfl.org

Who may make a report to the Intervention Project for Nurses? (IPN)

Any person suspecting impairment of a nurse’s ability to provide safe nursing care may report this nurse to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and/or IPN. Under Florida’s Mandatory Reporting Law, all licensed nurses must report any suspected impairment in practice to DOH and/or IPN.

Will participation in the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) protect my nursing license from discipline by the Florida Board of Nursing?

Being unable to practice nursing safely due to use of drugs, alcohol, chemicals, a mental condition, or the possession or distribution of controlled drugs for other than legitimate purposes is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act that can result in disciplinary action taken against a nurse’s license by the Florida Board of Nursing.  If the nurse has been reported only to IPN, he/she agrees to participate in IPN, and successfully completes IPN, the file is closed and held in confidence with no disciplinary action resulting.  If the nurse is reported only to IPN, and does not agree to participate, or does not successfully complete IPN, then the information in IPN’s possession is forwarded to DOH, and may result in disciplinary action, if deemed appropriate.  In some cases, the nurse is reported both to IPN and the DOH and in those cases, the disciplinary process proceeds and may result in disciplinary action.

Will a nurse still be able to practice nursing while participating in the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)?

Initially, the nurse may be required to refrain from nursing practice during the evaluation phase and any resulting treatment. The nurse may resume nursing practice when given authorization to do so by IPN or the Florida Board of Nursing. The approval for a return to nursing practice is based upon recommendations from approved treatment providers in consultation with IPN staff. Practice limitations are often required during the early phase of return to practice.

Do I need to keep the registry updated on any personal information?

Yes, you are required to notify the registry in writing of any changes in your name or address. Official notifications and renewal forms are sent to your address of record.

How do I get in touch with the Florida Nursing Assistant Registry?

You can reach the registry at (850) 245-4125 or by email at MQA.CNA@flhealth.gov.

How do I obtain a duplicate or replacement of my certificate?

You may visit www.flhealthsource.gov to request a duplicate for $25. You should receive a new license in two (2) or three (3) weeks.

How do I change my name?

You may submit a request including your full name as it appears on your application or license, profession, applicant ID or alpha numeric license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number and your signature.  Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • A copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • A divorce decree restoring your maiden name
  • A court order showing the name change (adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the Department has a question about the authenticity of the document. If you wish to receive a new license that reflects the name change, you must request a duplicate license.

Mail your $25.00 payment and request to:

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

If you need to change your name, and you prefer to renew online, please submit your name
change request by mail and allow 5-7 business days processing time before you renew online.

Are there instances where I may begin my employment as a nursing assistant prior to obtaining certification?

Yes, there are three (3) exceptions which allow you to work for a maximum of four (4) months (120 days) while awaiting receipt of your Florida certification: (1) applicants enrolled in or have completed a state approved program, or (2) applicants who have been verified as being actively certified in another state, or (3) applicants who have preliminarily passed the state exam but have not yet received the certificate. (See 400.211, F.S.) All of these are at the determination of the employer.

Can a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) work in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) capacity without a CNA certificate?

No, the CMA must have a Florida CNA certificate in order to work as a CNA in Florida.

How do I become a Medical Assistant in Florida?

Medical Assistants are not licensed in Florida; however, a medical assistant may become certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants, 800-228-2262. Please see Section 458.3485, Florida Statute (F.S.) for more information regarding medical assistants.

Are Home Health Aides (HHAs) regulated in Florida?

For information regarding the regulation of HHAs in Florida, please visit the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) website at www.ahca.myflorida .com or call (888) 419-3456.

As a Home Health Agency, can I use a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) as a Home Health Aide (HHA)?

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) regulates home health agencies.  For information on what a home health agency is allowed to do, please visit the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) website at www.ahca.myflorida .com or call (888) 419-3456.

What can I do if I do not get a renewal form?

Renewal forms are no longer sent to licensees. CNA renewal postcards are sent out about 120 days before the expiration date. Licensees may renew online or print off their renewal form from our online site at: www.FLHealthSource.gov.   If you recently moved and left a forward address with the US Postal Service within the last 6 months, you will need to change your address online at www.flhealthsource.gov or submit the address change on the renewal form with the correct fees in order to renew your certificate or receive any notifications.

What happens if I do not renew my CNA certificate by the expiration date?

If you do not renew your certificate by midnight of the expiration date, your certificate becomes delinquent and you cannot work as a CNA until the certificate is renewed. In order to renew your license after the expiration date, you will need to meet the work and in-service training requirements, pay the original renewal fee and pay a delinquency fee. If the certificate is not renewed by expiration date,  two years later, your certificate will become null and void and you will have to take the CNA examination again to be certified in Florida.

How will the registry know if my certificate has lapsed?

The expiration date of CNA certificates now shows on the Department of Health License Verification site at: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthCareProviders

Are my expenses associated with obtaining my certification reimbursable?

If you complete a state approved training program and meet specified requirements, you might be eligible to receive reimbursement for some of your expenses. You should ask your employer (nursing homes are the only employers which do reimburse) or the district Medicaid office in your area for details.

Am I required to attend a CNA training program or may I simply challenge the exam?

CNA applicants may “challenge” the exam. Completion of a state approved CNA training program is not required unless the applicant has failed part of the exam three times.

What exams are required to become a certified nursing assistant in the state of Florida?

You must pass both the written and the performance exam offered by the testing vendor, Prometric, to be certified as a nursing assistant in the state of Florida. The only exception to this is for approved reciprocity candidates.

How long are my exam scores valid?

Examination results are valid for two years. So, if you pass one part of the exam, you must pass the second part within two years or you will have to repeat both parts of the exam to be certified.

Is there a time limit to take the part of exam, which I failed?

Yes, you must pass both parts of the examination within two years to be certified in Florida.

What if I fail part of the exam three times?

You must complete a Board approved CNA training program and retake both parts of the exam. You can find a list of approved training programs here

Does Florida require out-of-state certified nursing assistants applying for reciprocity to complete any exams?

Florida does not require the testing for those candidates who have been verified as being actively certified and in good standing in another state. Otherwise, you will be required to take the written and performance exams in order to be placed on Florida’s Registry.

If I become certified in the middle of the year, how many in-service training hours am I required to complete by my expiration date?

Each certified nursing assistant must complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training each biennium. For candidates certified during the biennium period, the training shall be prorated to 1.0 hours of in-service training per month from the month of initial certification to the end of the biennium.

Is it my responsibility or is it my employer’s to supply my in-services?

It is the CNA’s responsibility to keep documentation of all in-services received. If the employer does not provide the in-service it is the CNA’s responsibility to obtain the in-services.

What are the mandatory in-service hours for CNA?

The biennial renewal in-service hours shall include: Blood-borne Pathogens, Infection Control; Domestic Violence; Documentation & Legal Aspects for CNAs; Resident Rights; Communication with impaired clients; CPR skills; and Medical Error Prevention/Safety. A CNA’s agency or facility may require their employees to complete specific in-service hours as part of their employment.

Is background screening a requirement for certification as a certified nursing assistant?

Yes, background screening is required by Florida law for this certificate/license. All offenses are reviewed.

How will the candidate know if he is not clear to be certified?

If the result of his background report shows arrests and offenses, or incomplete dispositions, they will receive a notice from the Board office requesting additional information. Depending on the types and seriousness of the offenses, the applicant’s file may go before the Board of Nursing for further review. If the Board denies the applicant’s file, the applicant will receive an official Intent to Deny Order and will have right of appeal.

Can I still sit for the exam even though there’s something in my background?

Each application is reviewed on its own merits. The Board of Nursing has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the Board office; however, the staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Violent crimes and repeat offenders are required to be presented to the Board of Nursing for review. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the Board Members when making licensure decisions.

What is a Level 2 background screening?

A Level 2 background screening is a state and national background check conducted pursuant to Chapter 435, F.S. for employment.

When is a background check required for the CNA applicant?

All new CNA applications to the testing company (Prometric)  and by reciprocity will be required to have a background screen prior to certification.

How will the candidate know about the fee and background requirement?

The testing company includes a notice of the fees in the application bulletin for the CNA applicants by Examination. Information regarding the background requirements and screening are also reflected in the application for CNAs by reciprocity.

How will the candidate know if his background check is clear?

Applicants for certification by examination will not be made eligible to test until the file is considered complete and clearable. Applicants for certification by reciprocity will be licensed once the file is considered complete and clearable.

When the background report is clear, meaning no criminal history, how long will it take to obtain the FDLE background report, screen it, and issue the license?

For the applicant by examination – If the application is properly completed, the request to the FDLE agency has no errors, and the background result is clear, the applicant will be granted eligibility to test and the license will be issued in approximately 14 days after passing the exam.

For the applicant by reciprocity – If the application is properly completed, the request to the FDLE agency has no errors, and the background result is clear, the license will be issued upon determination.

If the Board denies the candidate a license, will he receive any refund of testing and background fees?

No, there are no refunds if the Board does not approve the candidate. This is the same as in any other health care practitioner application or testing process.

Can I be disqualified or ineligible to work as a certified nursing assistant?

Yes. To be eligible for employment in long-term care as a certified nursing assistant, you must hold current certification and have no disqualifying offenses as outlined in Chapter 435 and Section 408.809, Florida Statutes. Licensees with a disqualifying offense may apply for an exemption (employment waiver) in order to work in certain facilities.

Can only felonies disqualify me from employment?

No, both felonies and misdemeanors may be disqualifying. The disqualifying offenses are outlined in Chapter 435 and Section 408.809, Florida Statutes.

What do I do if I am told I am disqualified from employment due to a problem with my background screening?

If you hold a CNA license, you may request an exemption review through the Board. If it is determined the disqualifying offenses do not make you ineligible for employment, you will be granted an exemption, thereby, allowing you to return to work.

Is a background check required when entering a CNA training program/school?

This would vary from program to program. You will need to check with any prospective programs, but this will not satisfy the background screening requirements for licensure.

What is the difference between a background check used for employment screening and a background screening used for licensing/certification purposes?

For licensure or certification by the Board of Nursing, all criminal offenses are screened and reviewed prior to licensure or certification. For employment background screening, the employer uses a specified list of disqualifying offenses pursuant to Chapter 435 and Section 408.809, Florida Statute. If the employee has one of these specified offenses, he cannot be employed until he receives an exemption.

If I do not have an active license in another state, do I qualify for licensure by endorsement?

Have you ever taken the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool Exam? If you have, you may qualify for endorsement. Please review the Qualifications for endorsement or more information.

How long does it take to be approved for licensure by endorsement?

There is no set timeframe for approval of an application. We process applications in date order received. Applications are processed as quickly as possible, but timeframes vary based on the number of applications received and on the length of time it takes receive all necessary documentation.

What is endorsement; is it the same as reciprocity?

Endorsement is using your active license in another state, or board approved exam scores, to obtain a license in Florida. It is not the same as reciprocity. Reciprocity indicates Florida honors other state licenses and you would be allowed to work in Florida without obtaining a Florida License. Currently Florida law does not allow LPNs, RNs, CNS’s or ARNPs to work in Florida without a Florida license.

Can I endorse into Florida if I have an active license in another state but have never taken the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool exam?

If you can obtain verification you have been working in another state, jurisdiction or U.S. territory for two of the last three years you may apply by endorsement.

Who is responsible for requesting verification of my licenses? Does the board request it or do I?

You as the applicant are responsible for requesting licensure verification. The license verification form included in the application is intended to be mailed to states that do not verify licenses through www.Nursys.com (electronic verification).

All other applicants seeking verifications/certifications from U.S. states or territories outside the Nursys system should complete Part I of the form and submit the form to the appropriate state or territory for completion. Check with the appropriate Board to see if they charge a fee for this service.

Where do I find information about the fingerprinting process?

Information about the electronic fingerprinting process can be found at our Background Screening page.

Where can I find the application for ARNP?

You can find the application on the Resources page. You can also click here to download the PDF.

Do I get two separate licenses; one for my RN license and one for my ARNP?

No. In Florida the ARNP certification is an upgrade of the RN license resulting in only one license that is both an RN and an ARNP license.

Are there different applications for Florida RNs upgrading to ARNP and ARNPs from other states?

No. The application is the same. You can find the application on the Resources page. You can also click here to download the PDF.

How long will it take to get my license?

There is no set timeframe for approval of an application. We process applications in date order received. Applications are processed as quickly as possible, but timeframes vary based on the number of applications received and on the length of time it takes receive all necessary documentation.

What qualifications must I have completed to qualify as an ARNP?

Effective July 1, 2006, all specialties of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner applying for licensure in Florida must provide proof of National Certification.

Exception: A one year provisional license may be issued to Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who have graduated within one year from the date of application and who are not Nationally Certified. Applicants wishing to receive the provisional license must have their educational facility complete and send in an original Verification of Successful Completion (VSC) and original transcript(s).

Do I need malpractice insurance to be licensed?

ARNPs practicing in Florida are required to be covered by malpractice insurance unless they qualify for an exemption listed on the Financial Responsibility Form.

The Financial Responsibility form must be completed and filed with the board office before ARNP certification is granted. This form is included in the initial application and is also available separately on the Resources page.

Do I need National Certification?

Yes. Effective July 1, 2006, all specialties of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner applying for licensure in Florida must provide proof of National Certification.

How do I submit proof of National Certification?

The national certifying body can submit proof of your certification directly to the board. Applicants may also submit proof by sending in a notarized copy of their certification.

What national nursing specialty certification boards are recognized by the Florida Board of Nursing?

Rule 64B9-4.002(3), F.A.C., provides the professional or national nursing specialty
boards recognized by the Board. You can find the full rule on the web at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/Organization.asp?OrgNo=64B9

Advanced registered nurse practitioners certified under s. 464.012 must complete at least 3 hours of continuing education on the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances. The 3 hour course is not included in the exemption.

Do I need to apply for prescriptive privileges?

No, filing of original signed protocols gives you prescriptive privileges. ARNPs cannot prescribe controlled substances in the State of Florida.

What type of information should be included on the prescription pad?

Pharmacy rules require that all the information necessary to properly label the prescription container be included on the prescription. The pharmacist is required to put the prescriber’s name on the medication label.

Do I need a dispensing license?

If it is in your protocols that you are to dispense medications for a fee, you must contact the Board office to be authorized to dispense. Dispensing is writing and filling a prescription and selling the medication to a patient. Giving samples is not dispensing. The dispensing license must also be renewed when renewing your ARNP license. – Dispensing Practitioner Application.

Do all nurse practitioners need to file protocols?

464.012(3), F.S. An advanced registered nurse practitioner shall perform those functions authorized in this section within the framework of an established protocol which must be maintained onsite at the location or locations at which an advanced registered nurse practitioner practices. In the case of multiple supervising physicians in the same group, an advanced registered nurse practitioner must enter into a supervisory protocol with at least one physician within the physician group practice.

Where does the nurse need to send a protocol?

Effective June 23, 2017, under HB453, in accordance with 464.012 and 458.348 Florida Statutes under Chapter 456, the Board of Nursing will no longer be required to receive, review, or maintain Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner protocols.

464.012(3), F.S. An advanced registered nurse practitioner shall perform those functions authorized in this section within the framework of an established protocol which must be maintained onsite at the location or locations at which an advanced registered nurse practitioner practices. In the case of multiple supervising physicians in the same group, an advanced registered nurse practitioner must enter into a supervisory protocol with at least one physician within the physician group practice.

How many Nurse Practitioners can be listed on a protocol?

Only one ARNP can be listed on a protocol.

How many supervising physicians can be listed on a protocol?

A minimum of one physician is required to be listed on a protocol as the primary supervising physician. A back-up physician may be included in the protocol if the ARNP or facility wishes to appoint a secondary physician.

Is a DEA number required for the physician on a protocol?

Yes, all physicians listed in a protocol must include their signature, license number and DEA number.

Are original signatures required on a protocol?

The original protocol must be filed at the ARNP’s practice location site(s).

Does an ARNP have to submit multiple protocols for different physicians that will be supervising them?

No, an ARNP can have one protocol entailing one page that includes the signatures, license numbers and DEA numbers of all the physicians that will be supervising them.

Does the supervising physician that I list on my protocol have to be licensed in Florida?

Yes, the supervising physician that you list on your protocol must be licensed in Florida.

What dates need to be provided on an ARNP protocol?

The date the protocol was created and/or amended, if applicable. When the protocol needs to be amended, a current date must be reflected for that time.

Do ARNPs who work in a federal facility need to submit a protocol to the Florida Board of Nursing?

No, according to the section 464.022(7), F.S., an ARNP who is currently employed by the U.S. government, or any bureau, division or agency thereof does not need to submit a protocol.

I am currently moving to another state, but I want to keep my license active in Florida. Do I still need to submit a protocol?

No, any ARNP who is not currently practicing in Florida does not need to send a protocol, but you will need to submit a Financial Responsibility Form to our Board office and check the corresponding box.

Should a copy of the protocol be kept at the practice site?

Yes, a copy of the original protocol and a copy of the notice required by section 458.348(1), F.S. should be kept at the site of practice of each party of the protocol. After the expiration of the protocol each party is responsible for insuring that a copy of the protocol is maintained for future reference for a period of four (4) years.

Are the protocols reviewed or approved by the Board of Nursing?

No. All Nurse practitioners are required to keep the original protocol at the ARNP’s practice location site(s) upon biennial license renewal and within 30 days after entering into a supervisory relationship with a physician or changes to the protocol.

Any alterations to the protocol or amendments should be signed by the ARNP and a Florida-licensed medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or dentist and kept at the site of practice of each party to the protocol within 30 days of the alteration.

Should the protocol state which medications can be prescribed?

Yes, you must list all medications that the supervising physician has agreed you may prescribe. You may want to use generic names and/or categories of medications instead of using trade names, i.e., antibiotics, antiemetics, etc.

Where can I find CE providers?

You can find approved CE providers by visiting www.cebroker.com

I passed the NCLEX in the last year. How many contact hours do I need to renew my license?

Nurses licensed by examination, in any state, during the current renewal period are exempt from continuing education requirements for the first renewal period, with the exception of the required 2 hour course in Prevention of Medical Errors, 2 hour course in Laws and Rules that govern the practice of Nursing (beginning with the biennium ending in 2015), and 1 hour course in HIV/AIDS. This exemption is lost if the license is not renewed by the renewal deadline.

I endorsed in from another state. How many contact hours do I need to renew my license?

Most initial licenses are not valid for the full 2 years. One (1) contact hour is required for each month, or partial month, of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors and two (2) hours on Laws and Rules that govern the practice of Nursing (beginning with the biennium ending in 2015). HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence (DV) CE is now a 2-hour requirement for every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on July 31, 2008 and completed DV during the 2006-2008 licensure cycle, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the July 31, 2014 renewal. Applicants who took the exam during the current renewal cycle should see the FAQ that asks “I passed the NCLEX in the last year. How many contact hours do I need to renew my license?”

How many contact hours do I need for a full biennium?

All Florida-licensed LPNs, RNs, CNSs and ARNPs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. The 24 hours must include two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors, two (2) hours in Laws and Rules that govern the practice of Nursing, (2) hours in recognizing impairment in the workplace and every other biennium thereafter (every 4 years), effective August 1, 2017 and two (2) hours on Human Trafficking, as defined in s.787.06(2), F.S., effective October 1, 2017. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1- hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence (DV) CE is now a 2 hour requirement every third renewal (every 6 years). Since Domestic Violence (DV) is a 2-hour requirement, the licensee will have 26 hours of CE during the renewal period when DV is taken.

Can I use college courses for continuing education?

Yes. Contact hours may be awarded for completion of credit courses in nursing at an accredited institution of higher learning. However, general education may not be used for C.E. credit. One college course that meets 3 hours a week for 15 weeks is worth 45 CE hours.

How do college courses convert to contact hours?

One credit hour per quarter converts to ten contact hours. One credit hour per semester converts to fifteen contact hours. In order to receive continuing education credit, retain transcripts or legible dated grade reports for four years in case you are audited.

Can I use hours I have earned in another state?

Continuing education (CE) courses approved by a state or national nursing organization empowered to accredit CE standards can be used, with the exception of HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence courses, which must be from a Florida-approved provider.

I have earned over 26 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Can I carry the balance over to the next renewal period?

No, all CEUs must be earned within your renewal period and cannot be carried over to the next biennium. Also, CEs taken prior to the issuance of a permanent license cannot be counted towards renewal requirements.

I have received my renewal notice and have not completed all of my required contact hours. Can I mail my renewal in and complete my hours later?

No. Nurses must complete CE requirements within the appropriate biennium. By sending in your renewal and fee you are affirming that you have complied with all licensure renewal requirements.

How many contact hours can I earn through Home Study?

The Board imposes no limit on the number of contact hours earned through Home Study.

Can nurses take courses that offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits?

Only ARNP’s may earn CME. ARNPs may use CME for up to half of the mandatory CE requirements.

Update My Address

Applicants

  1. Complete and mail the address change form to the address provided on the form. Or fax to the Board of Nursing at 850-617-6460

Licensees

  1. Login to Online Services by selecting your profession from the dropdown menu and entering your User ID and Password
    a. Your User ID and Password were mailed with your initial license. Please look at the center section and refer to the Online Services Instructions, item #5.
    b.If you do not have your User ID and Password, click on “Get Login Help
  2. Select “Update Addresses” on the left side of the page
  3. Enter the new address information
  4. Once you have entered your new address, click on “Process“. You will receive a confirmation page that displays the updated address.

Am I required to have a background check?

Applicants for initial licensure are required to submit fingerprints via Livescan for a Level II background screening. Applicants who are fingerprinted after January 1, 2013 will have their prints retained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

What is a declaratory statement ?

A declaratory statement is a means for resolving a controversy or answering questions or doubts concerning the applicability of statutory provisions, rules, or orders over which the board, or department when there is no board, has authority, pursuant to Rule 28-105.001, Florida Administrative Code. A petition for declaratory statement may be used only to resolve questions or doubts as to how the statutes, rule, or order may apply to the petitioner’s particular circumstances. A declaratory statement is not the appropriate means for determining the conduct of another person or for obtaining a policy statement of general applicability. A petition for declaratory statement must describe the potential impact of the statutes, rules, or orders upon the petitioner’s interests.

How do I become a CE Provider?

Please visit www.CEBroker.com for the application to become a CE provider.

Can I challenge the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Examination?

Applicants who have successfully completed courses, equivalent to practical nursing education in a professional nursing program, may qualify for NCLEX-PN based on practical nursing equivalency (PNEQ). All professional courses (RN) taken must have been successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better and must have included theory and clinical instruction.

The professional or practical nursing curriculum must document clinical experience and theoretical instruction in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and geriatric nursing. Each curriculum plan must document clinical training experience in appropriate settings that include, but are not limited to, acute care, long-term care and community settings.

How do I change my CNA application route?

Emailed requests will be accepted, provided the email address matches the one listed on the application received from Prometric. Applicants wishing to change their CNA application route may also submit a written request by mail or fax with an original signature to our office:

4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02
Tallahassee, FL 32329
Fax: (850) 617-6460

These requests can no longer go through Prometric. They must request the change with the board office.

What ORI number do I use to do my Livescan?

LPN/RN Examination applicant – EDOH2550Z

LPN/RN Endorsement applicant – EDOH4420Z

LPN/RN/CNS/ARNP Exemption applicant – EDOH4420Z

ARNP Applicant – EDOH4420Z

What ORI number do I use to do my Livescan?

CNA Examination applicant – EDOH0380Z
CNA Reciprocity applicant – EDOH4400Z

What is the significance of nursing education program NCLEX passage rates and the NCLEX National Average passage rate?

The NCLEX or National Council Licensure Examination is the national licensing examination for practical and registered nurses. Quarterly and cumulative passage rates for first time test takers are calculated and published by a contracted testing service and are made available to the Florida Board of Nursing and are posted on the website.

The NCLEX National Average passage rate is the average number of all member first time test takers for a reporting period, calculated by the National Testing Service using the test takers’ scores during the reporting period, to determine the average of the conglomerate scores.

Pursuant to s.464.019, F.S., the Florida Board of Nursing monitors these passage rates to ensure the achievement of Florida approved nursing education program graduates. Approved nursing education programs must achieve a graduate passage rate that is not lower than 10 percentage points less than the average passage rate for graduates of comparable degree programs who are United States educated. An approved nursing education program shall be placed on Approved/probationary status by the Florida Board of Nursing pursuant to s. 464.019 for failure to meet the required passage rates on the NCLEX for two consecutive calendar years (http://laws.flrules.org/2014/92).

For more information on NCLEX passage rates or to view individual Florida nursing education program NCLEX passage rates on our interactive website entitled “Compare Florida Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs”, please visit our Education and Training Programs page.

How many continuing education hours are required for licensure renewal?

Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners are required to complete 24 hours of appropriate CE during each renewal period, including two (2) hours relating to prevention of medical errors and two (2) hours in Laws and Rules in Nursing. In addition to these 24 hours of general CE, every third renewal two (2) hours of domestic violence CE must be completed for a total of 26 hours. See Sections 456.013, 456.031, and 456.033, Florida Statutes, and Rule 64B9-5, Florida Administrative Code (FAC) for more information about continuing education requirements.

A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements. This exemption includes general and mandatory nursing continuing education.

How many continuing education hours should be within a nurse’s specialty?

Employers may require completion of agency/facility specific continuing education (CE). If you have questions regarding specific CE for your agency/facility, please speak with your supervisor.

Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners are required to complete 24 hours of appropriate CE during each renewal period, including two (2) hours relating to prevention of medical errors. In addition to these 24 hours of general CE, every third renewal two (2) hours of domestic violence CE must be completed for a total of 26 hours. See Rule 64B9-5,  Florida Administrative Code (FAC) for more information about continuing education requirements.

Change My Name

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change.  Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature.

Applicants:

Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

    • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
    • a divorce decree restoring your maiden name
    • a court order showing the name change. (adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the Department has a question about the authenticity of the document. If you wish to receive a new license that reflects the name change, you must request a duplicate license.

Mail your $25.00 payment and request to:

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

Licensees:

Log into your MQA Online Services Portal account and select Change of Name from the “Manage Your License Information” pulldown menu and enter your name as it appears on your legal documentation. Any one of these will be accepted unless the Department has a question about the authenticity of the document. Attach/upload supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

1. A copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
2. A divorce decree restoring your maiden name
3. A court order showing the name change
(adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

NOTE: Please allow 5-7 business days for your request to be processed. If you wish to receive a new license that reflects the name change, you must request a duplicate license and pay the $25.00 fee.

What do I need to qualify for the Practical Nurse Equivalency Examination (PNEQ)?

All professional (RN) courses taken must have been successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better and must have included theory and clinical instruction. The professional or practical nursing curriculum must document clinical experience and theoretical instruction in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and geriatric nursing. Each curriculum plan must document clinical training experience in appropriate settings that include, but are not limited to, acute care, long-term care and community settings.
Applicants for PNEQ must have their school submit official transcripts, course descriptions and a completed Practical Nurse Equivalency Application Letter (found in the Examination application).

Can I use my specialty nursing certification to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew my license?

A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.

Please note: The CE exemption based on certification does not apply to the 2 hour Human Trafficking course requirement.

My license is expiring soon and I did not receive a renewal notice. What should I do?

Renewal notices are now sent out as postcards. You may renew online at www.flhealthsource.gov. Your ID and Password can also be reset at www.flhealthsource.gov or you may call 850-488-0595. Remember, if you wait until the last minute you may run into long wait times.

Review the Status of My Application

You may check the status of your application in real time via our Online Services, using your User ID and password. If you lose your User ID and password, contact Licensure Support Services at (850) 488-0595 to get this information.

Can I challenge the Registered Nurse (RN) Examination?

Only graduates from an RN program qualify to take the RN NCLEX.

How long does it take to renew my license?

Renewal postcards are sent at least 90 days before the expiration date. You should renew as soon as possible after receiving your notice. Please allow 1-2 weeks for receipt of your new nursing license. To expedite your renewal you may renew online at www.flhealthsource.gov. Your ID and Password can also be reset at www.flhealthsource.gov or you may call 850-488-0595.

View and update my Practitioner Profile

You can view, confirm, or make changes to the information that will be published in your practitioner profile . In carrying our legislative mandate to publish practitioner profiles, we want to ensure the information that we publish is accurate.  Accordingly, we ask that you please review your profile for any changes, corrections, and/or omissions.  If you see the statement “The practitioner did not provide this mandatory information”, please provide that information.  We will not accept curriculum vitae or resumes in place of you providing specific information.  Changes, excluding education and training, year began practicing, and liability claims, can be made to your profile electronically by following the instructions below.  You may also submit changes by mail to the Department of Health, Licensure Support Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-10, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3260.  Please note that Chapter 456.042, Florida Statutes, requires practitioners to update profile information within 15 days after a change of an occurrence in each section of your profile.

Attention Newly Licensed Practitioners

Chapter 456.041(7), Florida Statutes (link), requires you to submit changes to the department within thirty (30) days from receipt of this letter.  If you do not make changes within thirty (30) days, your profile will be automatically published.

Once you have completed your review and made any necessary corrections, click on “Confirm Changes”.  The Practitioner Confirmation Page will display the information that will be published online, at which time you must “Confirm” the profile again before the changes will be implemented.

Note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Can I continue to work if I have not received my new license by the expiration date?

Yes, nurses who have proof of current licensure may continue to practice without your new license. You can obtain proof of renewal by renewing online where you are able to print a receipt. This should allow you to continue working, but it is ultimately up to your employer.

Request License Verification/Certification

For LPN, RN, CNS and ARNP – You may request Licensure Verification through Nursys (www.Nursys.com) Please Note: If you are no longer licensed in Florida, your license information may not be available through Nursys.

OR

Make cashier’s check or money order payable to the Board/Council to be researched, in the amount of $25.00, for each verification requested

Mail your request and fee to:

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Licensure Support Services
Attn: License Verifications
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

For CNA

Make cashier’s check or money order payable to the Board/Council to be researched, in the amount of $25.00, for each verification requested

Mail your request and fee to:

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Licensure Support Services
Attn: License Verifications
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

Other Important Information:

  • Requests for licensure verification received without the appropriate fee will be returned unprocessed to the sender.
  • The Division of Medical Quality Assurance cannot guarantee your verification will meet the deadlines for other State Boards. The current processing time for licensure verifications is approximately 10 days from receipt.  Please check your deadline dates before you submit your verification request.
  • Release forms from the licensees are not required for verifications.

Exemptions: Financial information, medical information, school transcripts, examination questions, answers, papers, grades and grading keys, are confidential and exempt forms pursuant to Chapter 119.071, Florida Statutes and will be withheld pursuant to Chapter 456.057, Florida Statutes. Social Security numbers will also be redacted pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(C) (vii)(1). 

How long does it take to be approved for the NCLEX examination?

There is no set timeframe for approval of an application. We process applications in date order received. Applications are processed as quickly as possible, but timeframes vary based on the number of applications received and on the length of time it takes receive all necessary documentation.

Is there a number to call to check on the status of my renewal?

Yes, there is a number you can call. However, you or your employer can verify the status of your renewal by visiting our website at: http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP  The less information you put in the search engine the better the search function will work.  You can also call the Communication Services Unit, (850) 488-0595, to verify the status of your license.

Request a Duplicate License

Log into your MQA Online Services Portal account and select Request Duplicate License from the “Manage My License Information” pulldown menu. Review your changes and click “Submit.” Select “Pay Now” to pay the $25.00 fee with a valid credit card.

NOTE: You should receive your duplicate license in the mail in approximately 5-7 business days after your order is complete and your payment is received. If your profession is pending renewal or in a current renewal cycle, you may be asked to renew your license instead of being issued a duplicate license.

What does Graduate Nurse Status mean?

This status allows the holder to practice nursing under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse if they meet the following qualifications:

  • It has not been more than three months since you have graduated from an approved program
  • You have been authorized by the Board to practice as a graduate nurse or graduate practical nurse and have received a “Graduate Nurse” or “Graduate Practical Nurse” letter
  • You have been authorized to test by the examination vendor

Any applicant who fails to appear for the first examination for which they have been made eligible shall not practice nursing until such time as the applicant passes the NCLEX examination. Only RN applicants by examination who have been approved by the board may use the term “Graduate Nurse” or the abbreviation “G.N.”.  Only PN applicants by examination may use the term Graduate Practical Nurse or the abbreviation “G.P.N.”.  GN and GPN statuses expire at the date listed on the Graduate Nurse letter or when the applicant takes the examination, whichever comes first.

Print a Confirmation of License

You can print a confirmation of license through the Practitioner Login feature of MQA Services. The confirmation is available up to 30 days after you submit your online renewal request. After logging into the system with your User ID and password, select Print Confirmation of License from the navigation bar located on the left.

If you receive an error when trying to print your temporary license, the file was most likely corrupted during the download process. To correct the problem, you will need to first clear your browser’s cache, then close and restart the browser, which entails logging back into MQA Services to continue downloading the document. If the cache is not cleared the cached version of the document, which is likely damaged, will still appear.

Why is continuing education being verified at renewal?

Continuing Education is a requirement to renew a professional license. Section 456.025(7), F.S. requires the Department to implement an electronic continuing education tracking system for each biennial renewal cycle and to integrate such system into the licensure and renewal system.  The two systems are now integrated.

Can I work as a Graduate Nurse (GN) or a Graduate Practical Nurse (GPN) while I am waiting for approval?

No. You can only work as a GN or GPN if you have received approval from the board.

Request Document Certification

If you need a written statement on a public record attesting to the record’s genuineness or that it is a true and correct copy, you may fill out the Online Request Form. Be sure to indicate you need a certified copy of the request form. A $25 fee will be charged, in addition to the public record Fees and Charges.  Visit our Public Records page for information on how to request certified documents by mail.

What will happen if I do not have the required continuing education for renewal?

The Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance will verify a practitioner’s continuing education record in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal.  Practitioners will be able to view their course history in the continuing education tracking system free of charge.  The course history will show all the courses that have been reported for the practitioner.

If the practitioner’s continuing education records are not complete, they will be prompted to enter their remaining continuing education hours before proceeding with their license renewal. If the practitioner does not have the hours to report, the license will move to a delinquent status at expiration.  In order to renew a delinquent license , the practitioner will be required to complete the continuing education requirements.  Additional fees may apply.

When will I get the Authorization to Test (ATT)?

Once the board makes you eligible to take the examination your approval will be transferred to Pearson VUE, the examination vendor, via electronic transfer within 2 business days. Pearson VUE will email the Authorization to Test (ATT) if you provided an email address to their office or mail it to you if you did not provide an email address.

Do I have to wait until license renewal to report my continuing education credits to the electronic tracking system?

No, you can report your hours free of charge anytime during the biennium by registering for the Free Basic Account.  The Department encourages you to report early to avoid a delay in the license renewal process.  For more information please visit www.CEatRenewal.com.

 

Please note, if you take a course from a Florida Board approved Provider they are required to report on your behalf.  If you take a course from a National organization it is your responsibility to report completion.

Where can I take the NCLEX examination?

NCLEX testing takes place at Pearson VUE centers. Pearson VUE will provide you with information about the available test centers. You may schedule an appointment for any center. You do not have to take the NCLEX in the same jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure.

Request a Variance or Waiver

Below are the statutes and rules providing the requirements for requesting a Petition for (Variance from) or (Waiver of) Rule (Citation)

Florida Statutes – 120.542 Variances and waivers

(1)Strict application of uniformly applicable rule requirements can lead to unreasonable, unfair, and unintended results in particular instances. The Legislature finds that it is appropriate in such cases to adopt a procedure for agencies to provide relief to persons subject to regulation. A public employee is not a person subject to regulation under this section for the purpose of petitioning for a variance or waiver to a rule that affects that public employee in his or her capacity as a public employee. Agencies are authorized to grant variances and waivers to requirements of their rules consistent with this section and with rules adopted under the authority of this section. An agency may limit the duration of any grant of a variance or waiver or otherwise impose conditions on the grant only to the extent necessary for the purpose of the underlying statute to be achieved. This section does not authorize agencies to grant variances or waivers to statutes or to rules required by the Federal Government for the agency’s implementation or retention of any federally approved or delegated program, except as allowed by the program or when the variance or waiver is also approved by the appropriate agency of the Federal Government. This section is supplemental to, and does not abrogate, the variance and waiver provisions in any other statute.

(2)Variances and waivers shall be granted when the person subject to the rule demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute will be or has been achieved by other means by the person and when application of a rule would create a substantial hardship or would violate principles of fairness. For purposes of this section, “substantial hardship” means a demonstrated economic, technological, legal, or other type of hardship to the person requesting the variance or waiver. For purposes of this section, “principles of fairness” are violated when the literal application of a rule affects a particular person in a manner significantly different from the way it affects other similarly situated persons who are subject to the rule.

(3)The Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Administration Commission, shall adopt uniform rules of procedure pursuant to the requirements of s. 120.54(5) establishing procedures for granting or denying petitions for variances and waivers. The uniform rules shall include procedures for the granting, denying, or revoking of emergency and temporary variances and waivers. Such provisions may provide for expedited timeframes, waiver of or limited public notice, and limitations on comments on the petition in the case of such temporary or emergency variances and waivers.

(4)Agencies shall advise persons of the remedies available through this section and shall provide copies of this section, the uniform rules on variances and waivers, and, if requested, the underlying statute, to persons who inquire about the possibility of relief from rule requirements.

(5)A person who is subject to regulation by an agency rule may file a petition with that agency, with a copy to the committee, requesting a variance or waiver from the agency’s rule. In addition to any requirements mandated by the uniform rules, each petition shall specify:

(a)The rule from which a variance or waiver is requested.
(b)The type of action requested.
(c)The specific facts that would justify a waiver or variance for the petitioner.
(d)The reason why the variance or the waiver requested would serve the purposes of the underlying statute.

(6)Within 15 days after receipt of a petition for variance or waiver, an agency shall provide notice of the petition to the Department of State, which shall publish notice of the petition in the first available issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly. The notice shall contain the name of the petitioner, the date the petition was filed, the rule number and nature of the rule from which variance or waiver is sought, and an explanation of how a copy of the petition can be obtained. The uniform rules shall provide a means for interested persons to provide comments on the petition.

(7)Except for requests for emergency variances or waivers, within 30 days after receipt of a petition for a variance or waiver, an agency shall review the petition and request submittal of all additional information that the agency is permitted by this section to require. Within 30 days after receipt of such additional information, the agency shall review it and may request only that information needed to clarify the additional information or to answer new questions raised by or directly related to the additional information. If the petitioner asserts that any request for additional information is not authorized by law or by rule of the affected agency, the agency shall proceed, at the petitioner’s written request, to process the petition.

(8)An agency shall grant or deny a petition for variance or waiver within 90 days after receipt of the original petition, the last item of timely requested additional material, or the petitioner’s written request to finish processing the petition. A petition not granted or denied within 90 days after receipt of a completed petition is deemed approved. A copy of the order granting or denying the petition shall be filed with the committee and shall contain a statement of the relevant facts and reasons supporting the agency’s action. The agency shall provide notice of the disposition of the petition to the Department of State, which shall publish the notice in the next available issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly. The notice shall contain the name of the petitioner, the date the petition was filed, the rule number and nature of the rule from which the waiver or variance is sought, a reference to the place and date of publication of the notice of the petition, the date of the order denying or approving the variance or waiver, the general basis for the agency decision, and an explanation of how a copy of the order can be obtained. The agency’s decision to grant or deny the petition shall be supported by competent substantial evidence and is subject to ss. 120.569 and 120.57. Any proceeding pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57 in regard to a variance or waiver shall be limited to the agency action on the request for the variance or waiver, except that a proceeding in regard to a variance or waiver may be consolidated with any other proceeding authorized by this chapter.

(9)Each agency shall maintain a record of the type and disposition of each petition, including temporary or emergency variances and waivers, filed pursuant to this section.

History.—s. 12, ch. 96-159; s. 5, ch. 97-176; s. 37, ch. 2010-102.

Florida Administrative Code (Rules) Chapter 28-104: Variance OR Waiver

28-104.001 Purpose; Construction.

28-104.002 Petition for Variance or Waiver.
28-104.003 Comments on Petition.
28-104.004 Petition for Emergency Variance or Waiver.
28-104.005 Time for Consideration of Emergency Petition.
28-104.0051 Revocation of Emergency or Temporary Variance or Waiver.
28-104.006 Request for Information.

28-104.001 Purpose; Construction.
This chapter implements Section 120.542, F.S., by establishing the procedures for granting or denying petitions for variances and waivers of agency rules, and, should be read in conjunction with the provisions of Sections 120.52(18), 120.52(19) and 120.542, F.S.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)8., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(3) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07.

28-104.002 Petition for Variance or Waiver.
(1) A petition for a variance from or waiver of an agency rule shall be filed with the clerk of the agency that adopted the rule, with a copy to the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, Room 120, The Holland Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300.
(2) The petition must include the following information:

(a) The caption shall read:
Petition for (Variance from) or (Waiver of) Rule (Citation)
(b) The name, address, telephone number, and any facsimile number of the petitioner;
(c) The name, address, telephone number, and any facsimile number of the attorney or qualified representative of the petitioner (if any);
(d) The applicable rule or portion of the rule;
(e) The citation to the statute the rule is implementing;
(f) The type of action requested;
(g) The specific facts that demonstrate a substantial hardship or a violation of principles of fairness that would justify a waiver or variance for the petitioner;
(h) The reason why the variance or the waiver requested would serve the purposes of the underlying statute; and
(i) A statement whether the variance or waiver is permanent or temporary. If the variance or waiver is temporary, the petition shall include the dates indicating the duration of the requested variance or waiver.

(3) The petition for a variance or waiver may be withdrawn by the applicant at any time before final agency action.
(4) Upon receipt of a petition for variance or waiver, the agency shall furnish a copy of the petition to any other agency responsible for implementing the rule.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 3-18-98.

28-104.003 Comments on Petition.
(1) Any interested person or other agency may submit written comments on the petition for a variance or waiver within 14 days after the notice required by Section 120.542(6), F.S. The agency shall state in any order whether comments were received by the agency.
(2) The agency shall maintain the comments as part of the record.
(3) The right to comment pursuant to this section does not alone confer party status in any proceeding arising from a petition for variance or waiver.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(6), 120.542(8) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-104.004 Petition for Emergency Variance or Waiver.
(1) A person requesting an emergency variance from or waiver of an agency rule shall so state in the caption to the petition.
(2) In addition to the other requirements of Section 120.542(5), F.S., and this chapter, the petition shall specify:

(a) The specific facts that make the situation an emergency; and
(b) The specific facts to show that the petitioner will suffer an immediate adverse effect unless the variance or waiver is issued more expeditiously than the time frames provided in Section 120.542, F.S.

Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(3), (5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-104.005 Time for Consideration of Emergency Petition.
(1) The agency shall grant or deny a petition for emergency variance or waiver within 30 days of its receipt by the agency. If such petition is not granted or denied within this time limit, the petition shall be deemed approved unless the time limit is waived by the petitioner.
(2) Within 5 days after filing a petition for emergency variance or waiver with the agency clerk, the agency shall give notice of receipt of the petition on its website, if it has one. The agency shall also give notice by any procedure that is fair under the circumstances or provide notice of the petition to the Department of State for publication in the first available issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly. Any notice under this subsection shall inform interested persons of the right to submit comments. Interested persons or other agencies may submit written comments on the petition for emergency variance or waiver within 5 days after publication of the notice required herein. The notice and comment requirements in this subsection shall not apply if the agency head finds that an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare requires an immediate final order, which final order shall recite with particularity the facts underlying such finding.
(3) If the agency decides that the situation is not an emergency, the petition shall then be reviewed by the agency on a non-emergency basis as set forth in Section 120.542(7), F.S.
(4) The duration of an emergency variance or waiver shall be determined by the agency.
(5) The agency shall issue a written order granting or denying the petition. The order shall state the facts and reasons supporting the agency’s action.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)8., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(3) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 12-24-07.

28-104.0051 Revocation of Emergency or Temporary Variance or Waiver.
(1) Upon receipt of evidence sufficient to show that the recipient of an order granting an emergency or temporary variance or waiver is not in compliance with the requirements of that order, the agency shall issue an order to show cause why the emergency variance or waiver should not be revoked.
(2) The recipient of an emergency or temporary variance or waiver shall respond to the order to show cause why the emergency variance or waiver should not be revoked within 15 days of the mailing date of the order to show cause. Failure to timely respond shall result in a final order revoking the emergency or temporary variance or waiver.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6. FS. Law Implemented 120.542(1), (3) FS. History–New 3-18-98.

28-104.006 Request for Information.
(1) When a person inquires of the agency about the possibility of relief from any rule requirements or the remedies available pursuant to Section 120.542, F.S., the agency shall provide the information required by Section 120.542(4), F.S., within 15 days of the inquiry.
(2) In its response to a request for information, the agency shall indicate the name and address of the appropriate contact person for additional information and shall indicate how a petition for variance or waiver is filed with the agency.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(4) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

Does the continuing education provider report my completed continuing education units?

If you take a course from a Florida Board approved Provider, they are required to report on your behalf.  If you take a course from a National organization, it is your responsibility to report completion.

How often is the NCLEX given?

Testing is available at Pearson VUE centers 15 hours a day/six days a week.  Exams are not offered on Sundays and holidays. Testing availability is subject to change.

Request a Declaratory Statement

Any substantially affected person (i.e. a licensee or applicant) may seek a Declaratory Statement. Declaratory statements regarding an opinion of a board, or the department when there is no board, as to the applicability of a statutory provision, or of any rule or order of the board, or department when there is no board, as it applies to the licensees particular set of circumstances, pursuant to Section 120.565, Florida Statutes. The petition seeking a declaratory statement must state with particularity the licensees set of circumstances and must specify the statutory provision, rule, or order that the licensee believes may apply to the set of circumstances.

Learn about My Health Care Provider (Verify a License)

You may visit our online License Verification where you may utilize the service to see if the status of your providers license and whether there are any disciplinary cases or public complaints against the licensee.

How long do I have, after I am approved, to actually take the NCLEX?

The Authorization to Test (ATT) is valid for 90 days. The ATT contains your test authorization number, candidate identification number, and an expiration date. This date cannot be extended for any reason. Test centers may fill up quickly, waiting to schedule your testing appointment may significantly limit dates the center can seat you. If you wait until your ATT is close to expiring, Pearson VUE may not be able to seat you prior to its expiration. If this occurs, you will be required to re-register and re-pay to take the examination.

File a Complaint

You may learn more about the Complaint process and submit the appropriate complaint forms by visiting our online Enforcement website.

Is there a limit on how many times I can take the NCLEX?

Yes. After three failures of the same level of examination (RN or LPN), regardless of jurisdiction, the applicant must successfully complete a Florida Board of Nursing approved remedial course. The course includes classroom and clinical components and proof of completion must be submitted directly from the course provider prior to approval for taking the exam the fourth time.

 

Report Unlicensed Activity

You may learn more about reporting unlicensed activity by visiting our online Enforcement Website.

What should I do if I fail the exam?

Reapply by submitting a re-examination application, with a retake fee. You will also have to reapply with Pearson VUE (the testing vendor) and pay a non-refundable fee of $200.00. You can find more information at: http://floridasnursing.gov/applications/lpn-rn-reexam-app.pdf

If I fail the exam, how long do I have to wait to retake it?

You must wait a minimum of 45 days between each examination.

View and/or Obtain Public Records, Disciplinary Documents, or view Declaratory Statements

You may learn more and request public record and/or disciplinary documentation or view Declaratory Statements by visiting our Public Records website.

Can I submit one payment to cover the application and testing fees?

No, you will need to send in one money order or cashier’s check for the application fee and another to Pearson VUE for the NCLEX testing fee. These fees are mailed to two different places. Please see the application (Examination or Re-examination) for more information

I missed my scheduled examination date. What should I do?

If you either fail to arrive, fail to reschedule, or cancel your NCLEX appointment without giving three business days’ notice to Pearson VUE where you are scheduled, you will forfeit your examination fee and your Authorization to Test will be invalidated. In order to take the NCLEX, you will need to reapply to Pearson VUE and pay the fees again. GN/GPN status is lost when you fail to take your scheduled examination.

Can I change my application from examination to endorsement or from endorsement to examination?

Yes, but you must request a change in the status of the application in writing to the board office. The request for the change will not be granted if the application has already been approved.

What should I do if my name changes after I apply, but before I am licensed?

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request which includes your full name, as it appears on your application; the profession you are applying for; your applicant ID number; your new name; your date of birth; the last four digits of your social security number; and your signature. You must also submit supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • a divorce decree restoring your maiden name
  • a court order showing the name change (adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)
  • a copy of your social security card and drivers’ license showing the new name

How can I find out if I passed the NCLEX?

Please log into the MQA Online Services System to check your NCLEX results: Login Here

Is there any other way to find out if I passed the NCLEX?

You can determine if you have been issued a license number on our website, after testing, by visiting the Health Provider Lookup Screen. License numbers are generally issued within 1-3 business days after successfully passing the NCLEX examination. License numbers are not available on the same day you take the examination.

When will I receive my license?

Your license will be sent to the address on file, 7-10 business days after the board office receives notification you passed the examination.