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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.


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.

ATT Extensions

Pearson Vue will complete the initial review for a potential ATT extension. Applicants should contact Pearson Vue first regarding their ATT status. After speaking with Pearson Vue, applicants can then contact the BON for follow-up questions regarding their ATT and application status.


Applicants who meet their 4-year NCLEX eligibility during the COVID-19 pandemic

Applicants may receive an extension to their 4-year NCLEX eligibility if they had an active NCLEX Application on file during the pandemic and were affected by a travel ban, Pearson Vue closure, or government lockdown which prevented them from testing.

Applicants may email their information to exam@bon.texas.gov for review. The subject line should be “COVID-19 and 4-year eligibility review” and the email message should include their full name, birthday, and a description of what prevented them from testing (i.e. government lockdown, travel ban, COVID-19 diagnosis, etc).  


Expired Application Items

Applicants who had an active ATT and/or NCLEX Application on file during the COVID-19 pandemic, but were affected by a travel ban, government lockdown, or Pearson Vue closure, will not need to resubmit any application items that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application items will be valid until 8/31/2020.


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).