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Governor Abbott Waives Certain Regulations to Allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to Reactivate Inactive Licenses-3/28/20


An APRN license that has been suspended, revoked, surrendered, otherwise placed inactive based on the terms of any prior disciplinary order, and licenses currently under disciplinary monitoring or investigation are excluded from the Governor approved waiver process.

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor granted the Board of Nursing’s request to suspend certain regulations as follows: 

·              22 Tex. Admin. Code 221.10(b) , to the extent necessary to not require APRNs whose license has been inactive and who have not practiced for more than two years, but less than four years, to pay the reactivation fee, complete the continuing education requirements, and complete the current practice requirements;

·              22 Tex. Admin Code 221.10(c) , to the extent necessary to not require APRNs whose license has been inactive and who have not practiced for more than four years since the completion of the APRN education program and/or has not practiced in the advanced role and population focus area during the previous four years to pay the reactivation fee and complete the continuing education requirements; and

·              22 Tex. Admin. Code 221.8(a)(3) and (4).

 

These suspensions are in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

 

Below is an explanation of what these rule waivers mean for those seeking to reactivate an inactive APRN license during the disaster declaration:

Currently, Board Rule 221.10 includes requirements applicable to the reactivation of APRN licenses.  These requirements are divided into two categories:

 

CATEGORY 1  

Category 1   includes APRNs whose license is in delinquent or inactive status and who last practiced more than two years, but less than four years ago.

Their licenses have lapsed since completion of the APRN education program and/or do not have 400 hours of current practice in the advanced role and population focus area during the previous biennium.  These APRNs are normally required to complete a reactivation application, pay the required fee, provide evidence of national certification * in the advanced practice role and population focus area, and demonstrate proof of completion of 400 hours of current practice in the APRN role and population focus area, and demonstrate completion of all required continuing competency requirements in order to reactivate the license. 

 

As a result of the Governor’s action, the following requirements are waived for Category 1 APRNs with inactive licenses:

1.       Reactivation fee;

2.       Continuing education requirements; and

3.       Practice requirements (obtaining 400 hours).

There is not a waiver from the national certification in the advanced practice role and population focus area requirement for Category 1 applicants for APRN reactivation.

 

APRNs who reactivate licensure under this waiver, will be required to show compliance with the requirements previously waived during the next renewal cycle.

 

Those who fall under Category 1 wanting to reactivate :

If you hold a current registered nurse (RN) license in Texas or in a compact state complete and submit the application linked below, along with a copy of current certification *, and write “ WAIVER ” across the top of the application:

https://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/licensure_pdfs/license_renewal_pdfs/REACTAPRN_Waiver.pdf

If you need to reactivate both your Texas registered nurse license and APRN license , complete and submit the application linked below, along with a copy of current certification *, the $68 RN renewal fee, and write “ WAIVER ” across the top of the application:

https://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/licensure_pdfs/license_renewal_pdfs/REACTRNAPRN_2019-07-11_Waiver.pdf

 

CATEGORY 2

Category 2  includes APRNs whose license is in delinquent or inactive status and who last practiced more than four years ago since completion of the APRN education program and/or the applicant has not practiced in the advanced role and population focus area during the previous four years.  

 

These APRNs are normally required to complete a reactivation application, pay the required fee, demonstrate completion of all required continuing competency requirements, provide evidence of current national certification * in the advanced practice role and specialty, and complete a refresher course or extensive orientation in the appropriate APRN population focus area and role that includes a supervised clinical component by a qualified preceptor.

 

As a result of the Governor’s action, the following requirements are waived for Category 2 APRNs with inactive licenses:

1.       Reactivation fee; and

2.       Continuing education requirements.

There is not a waiver from the national certification and refresher course/extensive orientation requirements for Category 2 applicants for APRN reactivation.

 

For these Category 2 applicants who have not practiced in their advanced practice role and population focus for greater than four (4) years, the requirements to complete a refresher course/extensive orientation are outlined in  this document .  The application form for the six-month limited permit is available on the Board’s website  here .  These applicants must hold a current, unencumbered RN license and current national certification in the advanced practice role and population consistent with the role and population focus of the inactive APRN license.

 

 

 

Summary of Waived APRN Reactivation Requirements

Category 1

(last practice 2-4 years ago)

Requirements

Category 2

(last practice was over 4 years ago)

Waived

APRN Reactivation fee

Waived

Waived

Continuing Education

Waived

Waived

Current Practice in APRN role and population focus area

Still required by way of completing a refresher course/extensive orientation under a 6-month permit

Still required

National Certification in APRN role and population focus area

Still required

Still required

Active RN in Texas or multistate RN from compact state where you live

Still required

Still required

No disciplinary action

Still required

 

 * Those who completed an advanced educational program after 12/31/95, must attach a copy of current national certification in the advanced practice role and specialty for which reactivation is requested.


An APRN license that has been suspended, revoked, surrendered, otherwise placed inactive based on the terms of any prior disciplinary order, and licenses currently under disciplinary monitoring or investigation are excluded from the Governor approved waiver process.