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The Continuing Education Advisory Group Meeting Canceled

The Continuing Education (CE) Advisory Group meeting scheduled for 10/13/17 has been canceled.


New Limits on Prescription Opioids for Acute Pain: Effective August 31, 2017, the Ohio Boards of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy respectively will have new rules for prescribing opioid analgesics for the treatment of acute pain. Click here for more information.


Proposed Rules - Request For Comments

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Sections 107.62 and 121.82 require state agencies, including the Ohio Board of Nursing, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined ORC Section 107.52), and provide opportunity for those persons affected by the rules to provide input.

At this time, the Board welcomes further comment on the following rules that have been forwarded to Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI) for review: The Board proposes to amend, or file no change rules following the five-year rule review for Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 4723-1, Board Organization and Records; 4723-3, Definitions; and 4723-14, Continuing Education. The Board further proposes to otherwise amend individual rules 4723-2-03; 4723-7-09; 4723-8-01 through 4723-8-05 and 4723-8-07 through 4723-8-10; 4723-9-01 through 4723-9-12; 4723-23-01 and 4723-23-08, that are found within OAC Chapters related to Licensing for Active Duty Military and Veterans; Examination and Licensure; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certification and Practice; Prescriptive Authority; and Dialysis Technicians, respectively.

Below, please find copies of the proposed rules along with the completed Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Business Impact Analysis filing for these rule packages.

If you wish to provide written comment to the Board on any of the proposed rules, please send your comments to the attention of the Ohio Board of Nursing at rules@nursing.ohio.gov and also copy the CSI on your e-mail at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov. Please send your written comments no later than the close of business on Monday, October 2, 2017. The Board anticipates filing the proposed rules by Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The Board further anticipates holding a public hearing on the proposed rules at its November 15, 2017 meeting, at which time interested persons will be provided further opportunity to provide comment on the rules to the Board.

If you have questions regarding any of these rules, please contact the Board’s Chief Counsel Holly Fischer at rules@nursing.ohio.gov.

Click Here for the Five Year Rule Review
Click Here for the FiveFive Year Rule Review - CSI Business Impact Analysis

Click Here for the Technical Rule Changes
Click Here for the Technical Rule Changes - CSI Business Impact Analysis


RNs and APRNs Need to Register to Renew

RN and APRN renewal began July 1st. To renew, you must first “register” to create a user account in the Ohio eLicense system. All who renew this year must complete this first step.

If you are both a RN and an APRN, register one time because the system account is for you as an individual. However, please remember, as an RN and APRN you will need to both renew your RN license and complete the COA renewal/APRN license issuance process this year.

Beginning the week of May 15th, the Board sent renewal notification reminders by postal mail. The mailings were staggered through June. The letter includes your Security Code that is needed to register in the system.

If you misplaced your letter, you can obtain your Security Code through the Ohio eLicense system. Directions are included within the registration instructions (click below).

For questions, contact Online System Support at 614-466-3947 and select “Option 1” (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays).The help desk will also be available Saturday July 22nd, 8am-5pm to assist, if you have difficulty registering.

If you need assistance after business hours, email nursing.registration@das.ohio.gov and include a brief description of the issue, your first and last name, telephone number, email address, and license number, if you have it.

Click here for registration instructions and screen shots.


Important Dates and Deadlines for RNs and APRNs

Click here to download information on upcoming dates and deadlines for RN Renewal and COA Renewal/APRN License Issuance


State of Ohio eLicense System Transaction Fee

When passing the state’s budget bill on June 30, 2017, the Ohio legislature authorized by law a $3.50 transaction charge for all users of the state’s Ohio eLicense system.  It was a state initiative passed as part of the budget bill. The Ohio eLicense system is an enterprise system managed by the state for 19 boards and commissions. All professionals of the boards and commissions who use the Ohio eLicense are being charged the fee.

Beginning Thursday, July 20, 2017, after 6:00 pm, an Ohio eLicense transaction fee of $3.50 will be added to your online cart at the time of checkout when you apply for a license/certificate or renew.

Since APRN licensure is separate from the RN license by law, APRNs will be charged a $3.50 transaction fee for each license (RN and APRN).

Nursing licensure fees have not been increased since 2004. The Ohio eLicense system allows the state to process professional license applications saving time and money.

We appreciate your understanding of the costs associated with the state being able to maintain a secure Ohio eLicense system for license information.


Continuing Education Information

Click here for CE Information for Renewal - RNs, LPNs, DTs, CHWs, and Medication Aides

Click here for CE Information for Renewal - APRNs


 

Mandatory Training on Medicaid’s
New Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System Slated for Fall 2017

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) will begin using Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for many home and community-based services in early 2018. EVV is an electronic system that verifies provider visits and documents the precise time services begin and end. It ensures that individuals receive their medically necessary services.

Services to be included in EVV are State Plan Home Health Aide, State Plan Home Health Nursing, Private Duty Nursing (PDN), Ohio Home Care Waiver Nursing, Ohio Home Care Waiver Personal Care Aide, Ohio Home Care Waiver Home Care Attendant, and State Plan RN Assessment. Ohio Medicaid will incorporate services provided by managed care, MyCare, and Passport into EVV at a later date.

ODM will require agency and non-agency providers to complete a training course in late 2017. Sandata, ODM’s contractor, will provide in-person training at various locations around the state. In addition, webinar training and self-paced on-line training will be available for providers. ODM will send providers details about training and registration soon.

Please click here for more information about EVV. Details about the upcoming, mandatory training will be posted here as well.


New Opioid Overdose Prevention Microsite

CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury and Prevention is pleased to announce a new resource to support your efforts to address the opioid epidemic, the Opioid Overdose Prevention for State Microsite. It offers a simple way for you to share opioid overdose prevention information directly through your own website. All content is maintained by CDC and syndicated to your website, meaning once embedded the microsite will automatically keep your site current with the latest content. Click here to learn more about this resource and to download it for free.


New Online Training for Providers

DUIP launched the first in a series of interactive, online trainings for healthcare providers. These trainings feature the recommendations in the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, providing sample scenarios, feedback, and resources. This series is intended to help healthcare providers communicate effectively with patients about opioid use, decide when to initiate or continue opioid therapy, offer appropriate nonopioid options for pain management, and assess and address risks and harms of opioid use. The first training, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations from CDC is available for continuing education credit and can be found on the training web page.


FOR ALL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING NEW GRADUATES

  • All license and certificate applications must be submitted online. CLICK here for more information.
  • We recommend using Google Chrome.
  • Graduates must use the correct Nursing School Code. CLICK here to find your correct school code.
  • You must register to create a new user account when you apply for a license or certificate for the first time.

    • If you never applied for a license or certificate in Ohio for nursing or with any other board, CLICK “I Don’t Have a License” to create a new user account.

    • If you have applied previously or currently hold a license in Ohio with nursing or any other board, CLICK “I Have a License” when creating a new user account. You will also need your Security Code. See below for instructions to obtain your Security Code.

  • INSTRUCTIONS

    Click Here for INSTRUCTIONS to Create a New Account & Obtaining your Security Code
    Download and review the instructions before starting. Obtaining you Security Code this way will only work if you have previously applied for, or already have a license or certificate with the Board and have acces to the same email address you used previously with us.


Ohio_eLicense_Center

Click Here to Apply


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RN & APRN RENEWAL BEGAN JULY 1, 2017

Beginning mid-May, the Board sent renewal notification reminders by postal mail. The letter included your Security Code that is needed to register in the system. This one-time registration process is required before you can renew. If you misplaced your letter from the Board, you can obtain your Security Code through the Ohio eLicense system. Directions are included within the registration instructions. Click here for registration instructions and screen shots.

If you are both a RN and an APRN, you will need to renew your RN license and complete the COA renewal/APRN license issuance process. Also, CNPs, CNSs and CNMs are required to upload a list of the names and business addresses of their current collaborating physician(s) and podiatrist(s).

Click Here for more information about RN and APRN registration and renewal.

RN Fees and Deadlines: The late fee to renew a RN license is now in effect. The cost of renewing a RN license is now $118.50. This inludes the $65 renewal cost, a $3.50 statewide system transaction fee, and the $50 late charge (beginning September 16, 2017).

The final deadline to renew RN licenses is October 31, 2017.

APRN Fees and Deadlines: The fee to renew your COA is $135 plus a $3.50 statewide system transaction fee. If you held an active COA, CTP or CTP-E on or before April 6, 2017, the expiration date established by law for COAs has been changed to December 31, 2017. CTPs are not renewable. This change coincides with HB 216 being effective on April 6, 2017. Information regarding HB 216 and APRN licensure can be found on the Board website, click here.

APRNs must renew their RN license to be eligible to complete the COA renewal/APRN licensure process.

Technical Assistance: For questions, contact Online System Support at 614-466-3947 and select “Option 1” (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays). If you need assistance after business hours, email nursing.registration@das.ohio.gov and include a brief description of the issue, your first and last name, telephone number, email address, and license number, if you have it.


Ohio_eLicense_Center

Click Here to Renew

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Continuing Education Information

Click here for CE Information for Renewal - RNs, LPNs, DTs, CHWs, and Medication Aides

Click here for CE Information for Renewal - APRNs


How Do I Make My License Inactive?

If you have not used the 3.0 Ohio eLicense system that was implemented on July 1, 2016, you must first register to create a new user account:

  • Go to the Ohio eLicense Home Page at https://elicense.ohio.gov.
  • Click on the Login / Create an Account option.
  • Click on the “I HAVE A LICENSE” button.

1. Once you have registered, log into your account and click on the “Dashboard” link at the top of the page.

2. In the “Your Licenses” section click on the “Options” button in the panel of the license you wish to make “Inactive”. Then select “Special Request” from the menu.

3. On the “Special Request” page, select “License Inactivation” from the drop-down menu:

  • If you are an APRN, see below before proceeding
  • Select “Out of Business” from the reason drop-down menu and enter a brief reason for inactivation in the text box below.
  • Press “Submit” and the license will be inactivated immediately.

CAUTION APRNs (CRNA, CNP, CNS or CNM)
  • If you inactivate your RN license, your APRN COA/license will automatically be inactivated when you inactivate the RN license.
  • To inactivate only your APRN COA/license and keep the RN license active, email the Board at aprn@nursing.ohio.gov.
    • In the subject line write “Request Inactivation of APRN credential”.
    • In the email, provide your APRN license/COA number, full name and RN number.
  • Staff will process your request for APRN inactivation as soon as possible.


If you do not place your license on inactive status before the renewal cycle ends, your license will lapse. If your license lapses, you will not have the authority to practice. You do not need to create an account if you choose to let your license lapse.



Ohio_eLicense_Center
Click Here to Manage Licenses

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How Do I Change My NAME with the Board?

1. If you are a first time user, then register on the Board’s new portal:

  • Navigate to the new e-License Home Page at https://elicense.ohio.gov.
  • Choose the Login / Create an Account option.
  • Choose the “I HAVE A LICENSE” button.

2. Log in to your account and click on the link “Manage” found in the License box.

3. Click on the link “Change Name.”

4. Upload one of the certified court records listed below:

  • Marriage Certificate/Abstract
  • Divorce Decree
  • Court Record indicating change of name
  • Documentation from another state/country consistent with the laws of that jurisdiction

5. Press “Submit”. Requests received online are processed in 2-3 business days.



How Do I Change My ADDRESS with the Board?

1. If you are a first time user, then register on the Board’s new portal:

  • Navigate to the new e-License Home Page at https://elicense.ohio.gov
  • Choose the Login / Create an Account option.
  • Choose the “I HAVE A LICENSE” button.

2. Log in to your account at https://elicense.ohio.gov and

3. Click on the link “Manage” found in the License box.

4. Click on the link “Change Address.”

5. Press “Submit”. Your address change will be automatically applied to your license or certificate.



Ohio_eLicense_Center

Click Here to Manage Licenses

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The Ohio eLicense Center website provides online information and verification of an Ohio license or certificate for nurses (LPNs, RNs, APRNs), dialysis technicians (DTs), community health workers (CHWs), or Medication aides (MA-Cs) for the following purposes:

  • The public, licensees, certificate holders, nursing employers, and other state boards or organizations use verification to confirm if an individual holds a current, valid license or certificate in Ohio. For example, employers of nurses need to determine licensure for an employee or potential employee; members of the public need to check the license of a caregiver or potential caregiver. (See Systems Used for Verification: Ohio eLicense or Nursys below.)
  • Ohio licensed nurses need licensure verification if they are seeking reciprocity (also known as endorsement) to practice in another state. Verification of the Ohio license is required to provide the other state documentation of current licensure and must be completed through Nursys.  (See Reciprocity section below.)
  • Click here to download the instructions found on this page as a PDF.

Systems Used for Verification: Ohio eLicense or Nursys

The public, licensees, certificate holders, nursing employers, and other state boards or organizations can obtain verification of licensure either through Ohio eLicense or Nursys. Both Ohio eLicense and Nursys provide primary source verification. (Primary source verification means the individual’s reported credentials and qualifications are verified through the original organization or governmental entity that issued the document or credential, or through a designated equivalent source.)

  • Ohio eLicense: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Click Here to Verify an Ohio License or Certificate.” There is no fee. For your search it is best to enter only the first and last name or a license or certificate number, and leave all other fields blank. Use the Google Chrome browser to access the system for best results.
  • Nursys, a national nursing database maintained by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) includes data submitted daily by NCSBN member boards, including Ohio. Go to www.NCSBN.org for the following:

    • Nursys e-Notify” is a free notification service that provides automated, electronic license status updates. Employers can enroll their entire nurse list and e-Notify will send regular updates of changes to licenses.  Nurses may sign up to receive license expiration reminders and status updates.

    • Nursys Quick Confirm” is a free service to look up and verify nurse licensure information.

Reciprocity (or Endorsement) for Ohio Licensed LPNs, RNs, APRNs Seeking Reciprocity to Work in Another State

State boards of nursing use Nursys for license verification for nurses seeking reciprocity to practice in another state to expedite the process between state boards of nursing.

1.If you are an LPN or RN:

  • Go to www.Nursys.com to request license verification. An Ohio nurse seeking reciprocity to practice in another state must complete the verification process through Nursys and submit the Nursys fee of $30 online.

  • Do not submit a service request for verification through the Board website or Ohio eLicense. It will not be processed and your fee is non-refundable.

2. If you are a newly licensed APRN or if you completed the 2017 COA renewal/APRN license issuance process, your APRN license in Nursys includes prescriptive authority and can be verified through Nursys.

  • Go to www.Nursys.com to request license verification. An Ohio nurse seeking reciprocity to practice in another state must complete the verification process through Nursys and submit the Nursys fee of $30 online.
  • Do not submit a service request for verification through the Board website or Ohio eLicense. It will not be processed and the fee is non-refundable.

3. If you are an APRN who has not yet completed the COA renewal/APRN license issuance process, make the request through Ohio eLicense.

  • Go to https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin. If you have not used Ohio eLicense since July 1, 2016, you are a “New User” and you must register to create a user account. If you need assistance, see the registration instructions with screen shots provided on the Board's website.
  • If you registered after July 1, 2016 and have a user account, you are an “Existing User.”
  • Follow the instructions under “New Users” or “Existing Users.” From the Dashboard page click “Options” and then click “Send Verification” from your RN license (the APRN license option is not yet available). Specify in the “reason for submitting service request” box that you need verification for your APRN license. Submit a $15 payment online. Use the Google Chrome browser to access the system for best results.
  • Notice: As of January 1, 2018 all APRNs will be licensed and included in Nursys. Starting January 1, 2018, APRNs must follow the procedure to make the request for verification to Nursys as described above.

Reciprocity (or Endorsement) for DTs, CHWs, and MA-Cs
Ohio Certified DTs, CHWs, and MA-Cs Seeking Reciprocity (or Endorsement) to Work in Another State

Use Ohio eLicense and complete a service request for verification.

  • Go to https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin. If you have not used Ohio eLicense since July 1, 2016, you are a “New User” and you must register to create a user account. If you need assistance, see the registration instructions with screen shots provided on the Board's website.
  • If you registered after July 1, 2016 and have a user account, you are an “Existing User.”
  • Follow the instructions under “New Users” or “Existing Users.” From the Dashboard page click “Options” and then click “Send Verification” from your CHW, DT, or MA-C certificate. Submit a $15 payment online.
  • Use the recommended browser, Google Chrome.

If you have questions about verifications, please email verifications@nursing.ohio.gov.

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The Joint Commission and the NCQA consider on-line status information as fulfilling the primary source requirement for verification of licensure in compliance with their respective credentialing standards. Employers, please remind your nursing staff to update their mailing address with the board when you receive an employee address update.

Complaint Forms

To find out about the Ohio Board of Nursing complaint process, refer to the Discipline Section.

  Adobe Acrobat FileComplaint Form (for Email Submission)
  Adobe Acrobat File(PDF) Version (for FAX or Postal Submission)

  Adobe Acrobat FileSupplemental Information Form for Employers (for Email Submission)
  Adobe Acrobat File(PDF) Version  (for FAX or Postal Submission)

  Adobe Acrobat FileNursing Education Program Dissatisfaction Form

 

 

 

OHIO BOARD OF NURSING
DISCIPLINE RECORDS - PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

 
 
 

Copies of Ohio Board of Nursing discipline records dating from January 1994 to July 2017 can be downloaded directly using NCSBN's nursys-QuickConfirm website. A video tutorial and FAQ are available at the bottom of each QuickConfirm webpage.

https://www.nursys.com/LQC/LQCSearch.aspx

 
NCSBN_QuickConfirm_External_Link

Click Here
 
This should not be used to request a license verification.
 
 
 

For discipline records before January 1994 or after July 2017, Click Here.

 
 

 

 

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