BON staff is working as quickly as possible to process NCLEX, Endorsement, & Renewal applications during the COVID-19 pandemic and we appreciate applicants’ patience during this unprecedented event.
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
The Office of the Governor granted a waiver of Texas Occupations Code 301.301(c), (c-1), and (f), 22 Tex. Admin. Code 223.1(a)(5), 22 Tex. Admin. Code 217.6(a), and 22 Tex. Admin. Code 216.8(d)(1). As a result of these waived regulations, beginning on March, 23, 2020, Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) will have a grace period until September 30, 2020 to renew the license without any late fees incurred or need to submit evidence of continuing education to meet continuing competency requirements for renewal. This waiver also applies to renewals of prescriptive authority.
Additionally, any nurse whose license expires between March 23 and September 30, 2020 may continue to practice until September 30, 2020. For more information please visit the Board’s COVID-19 Licensing Page here: https://www.bon.texas.gov/COVID-19Licensing.asp.
Information for Employers Regarding the Licensure Waiver During the COVID-19 Disaster
On March 14th, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) to fast-track the temporary licensing of out-of-state nurses, and other license types to assist in Texas' response to COVID-19. In accordance with Section 418.171 of Texas Government Code, any out-of-state nurse may practice in Texas for the purpose of rendering aid, provided the nurse holds a current license in good standing in their home state. Therefore, any out-of-state nurse with a license in good standing* is not required to hold a Texas license in order to practice nursing in a disaster relief effort operation setting. The Board will not issue letters of approval or verification to work in this capacity for nurses with out-of-state licenses in good standing. Employers can verify the status of an out-of-state license by visiting the NURSYS website at: https://www.nursys.com/. The NURSYS licensure and disciplinary database is the repository of data provided directly from state boards of nursing, and is a primary source equivalent.
If you are requiring a nurse with an out-of-state license to work in a capacity beyond assistance with the COVID-19 response or to obtain Texas licensure, the nurse will need to apply for licensure in Texas and submit all supporting documents and licensure fees in the usual manner. The requirements and processes for full or temporary Texas licensure have not been waived for those nurses who wish to practice beyond the COVID-19 disaster response.
GN/GVN Permits –
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.
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)
Internationally educated nurses are not eligible for a GN/GVN permit.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).