Nursing

Important Message for Renewing License Applicants

brnlogoIMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR RENEWING LICENSE APPLICANTS

Please complete your applications prior to August 31, 2013 in order to avoid delays.

The Department of Consumer Affairs will be transitioning to the new BreEZe online licensing and enforcement system in mid-September. During this transition, there will be temporary disruptions in cashiering and other services.

If your license renewal date is anytime in September, these disruptions could affect you.

Please renew your license early! Do not wait and risk a late renewal!

http://www.rn.ca.gov/index.shtml

UPDATE, 9/11/13:  We have just learned that The BRN website will be offline from September 30 to October 10 to start the BreeZe system. Be sure to get your license renewed if your dates are in this shut down period!  For more on this, click here.

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Online Education for Nurses

logoA new partnership between the 85,000 nurse members of the Service Employees International Union, Western Governors University (WGU, and the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) will provide a new, more affordable way for SEIU nurse members to earn BSN and MS degrees (See flyer here). Nurse members will have expanded opportunities to continue their education while still balancing a full-time career. We’re thrilled that this new partnership allows our nurse members to advance their education. Under the terms of the agreement, SEIU nurses will get information regarding WGU’s accredited BSN and MSN degree programs as well as eligibility for a 5% discount for up to two years.

 

For more information about WGU and this program, or to apply, click here.

 

 

 

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Important Notice Regarding Online Professional Licensing System

Attention all Registered Nurses who are renewing their licenses through May 2013!!

The DCA is in the process of replacing current online licensing systems with the new BreEZe licensing and enforcement system. The Online Professional Licensing system will be unavailable to licensees for a period of time possibly beginning in May. If you have a renewal you would like to pay with a credit card (which may only be done online), please proceed with your renewal at your earliest convenience in order to avoid any processing delays. We will update the information on our Web site (http://www.rn.ca.gov) as we receive specific dates of when the system will be unavailable and the dates the new online system will be available to licensees and consumers.

Contact information for the Board of Registered Nursing can be found here.

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Professional Resources for Nurses

The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) website provides everything an RN needs regarding licensure, practice, nursing schools, Board meetings, and regulations and more.

Title 22, California Code of Regulations provides information about nurse-to-patient ratios, licensing, and certification of health facilities, home health agencies, clinics, and referral agencies. Use the table of contents, bookmarks, or the search function (Ctrl-F) to find what you need. If Ctrl-F is used, a little window on the top right-hand side is displayed. Just enter a sentence or word and click the right arrow to search forward or the left arrow to search backward.

Here is a useful summary of Nurse-to-Patient Ratios.

Title 16, California Code of Regulations, The Nurse Practice Act regulates Registered Nursing practice, scope of practice and is governed by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Title 15, California Code of Regulations, Corrections.  Detention and Correction nurses can access this site for regulations for their facilities

There are three sites for reference material if you work in a nursing home or long term care facility.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; state-initiated Nursing Home Nurse Staffing Ratios: Annotated Review of the Literature; and California Department of Public Health.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs regulates all licensing boards in the state of California.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNC) is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and promotes excellence in nursing and healthcare through credentialing programs.

Interested in being an RN in Idaho or doing research about the Nursing Practice Florida?  The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides information for all U.S. State Boards, including contact information for each State Board.

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