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COVID-19

COVID-19 Nurse Licensing


Please see below for information regarding approved waivers, BON procedures amended during the COVID-19 pandemic, and potential extensions for application requirements.


Licensure Renewal Waiver to Expire September 30, 2020 - 9/2/20


Governor Abbott Waives Regulations to Allow LVNs, RNs, & APRNs a 6-month Grace Period for Licensure Renewal - 3/23/20


Information for Employers Regarding the Licensure Waiver During the COVID-19 Disaster

COVID-19 Disaster Licensing for Out-of-State Nurses - 3/14/20 (updated 6/9/20)


Examination Applicants

Endorsements Applicants

Renewal Applicants




Examination Applicants

BON staff are working as quickly as possible to review Examination applications.

GN/GVN Permits

Applicants must still meet all necessary requirements to be eligible for a GN/GVN permit:

·       Have a complete NCLEX Application on file and have been issued an ATT

·       Have not been issued stipulations in relation to an eligibility issue

·       Have not previously failed the NCLEX (for Texas or another jurisdiction)

GN/GVN permits will be extended for 6 months.

GN/GVN permits will be extended for applicants who have already been issued a permit AND have not taken the NCLEX.

GN/GVN permits issued after 3/21/2020 will be issued for 6 months.

Internationally educated nurses are not eligible for a GN/GVN permit.



Endorsement Applicants

BON staff are working as quickly as possible to review new Endorsement applications and issue temporary licenses and/or permanent licenses.


At this time, temporary licenses are not being extended and are valid for 120 days from date of issuance. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, any updates or changes will be posted here.




Renewals

BON staff are working as quickly as possible to review & process Renewal applications.


Nurses with INACTIVE, RETIRED, or DELINQUENT licenses who would like to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic: submit the appropriate Renewal or Reactivation Application with the appropriate fee ($45 for LVNs, $68 for RNs) and writing “WAIVER” across the top of the application.

The following items are waived and do not need to be completed: the additional reactivation fee, CE requirement, Refresher Course requirement, and Jurisprudence Exam requirement.

If a nurse has a felony arrest and/or conviction, Suspended and/or Revoked License, active Monitoring, or is an APRN they should email Mark Majek for guidance (mark.majek@bon.texas.gov).