At the Board of Registered Nursing meeting on February 6, we found out that there have been extensive problems with the new electronic processing system for licensing that was installed in the fall of 2013. The new system – BreEZe – should have been more efficient and reliable than the old system.
Kathy Hughes, Jeannie King, Grace Corse, and I attended the meeting and listened to a nursing student pleading to know when he was going to be allowed to take the NCLEX exam. He said that he had been waiting for months and had two job offers that would start in March. The Board said it could not fast track anybody as that would put everybody else further behind, estimating that there are about 1000 licensing/renewal cases on the backlog. This is not acceptable.
The Board states that their mission is to protect the public, but how can it do that if experienced nurses cannot practice without being able to renew their licenses? What kind of impression does the Board give our new nursing students when they cannot even process their requests to sit for exams?
Twelfth District Assemblymember Kristin Olsen wrote a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting an audit of policies and procedures on the planning, development, and implementation of BreEZe. You can read her letter here.
Our hope is that the Board will hire some extra staff to get through the backlog and have the vendor of the BreEZe fix the system ASAP. Please let me know what kind of problems you and your coworkers have experienced.
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!
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.
A 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.
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.