NOTICE: Through the COVID-19 declared Emergency, the Board is closed to visitors but is continuing all operations remotely. To contact the Board, go to the “Contact Us” section at the bottom of this page.

LEGISLATION IMPACTING LICENSEES
HB 404 Extension of Licenses
Extension of Approvals: Education Programs, Training Programs, OBN Approvers of CE
HB 6 Temporary Licenses

EXPEDITED LICENSING
• Ohio law authorizes nursing practice in emergencies without an Ohio nursing license and the Board is expediting the issuance of temporary permits and all license types.
Click here for the full Board statement regarding the mobility of nurses

NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
Click here for numerous Guidance and Communication documents and see “COVID-19 Communications to Program Administrators” on that page.
NCLEX Examinations: Update
• See https://home.pearsonvue.com/for reopening of limited numbers of NCLEX testing centers
Practice-Academic Partnerships During COVID-19 Emergency Policy Brief by U.S. Nursing Leaders
Board Statement on Practice-Academic Partnership Policy Brief
• Scholarship Opportunities for Nurse Practitioner Students Specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health. Click here: https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loans-scholarships/nurse-corps/scholarship

APRNs AND PRESCRIBING (Also see “Practice” section below)
• APRNs, monitor https://www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/ and https://www.med.ohio.gov/ for practice updates that may affect your practice
DEA Guidance on Oral CII Prescriptions
Guidance for APRNs Who Provide Patient Care as an RN-COVID-19
• See the DEA COVID-19 Information Page on the Diversion Control Divisions web for guidance; direct questions concerning COVID-19 to the Policy email box at Natural.Disaster@usdoj.gov
Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate products for COVID treatment
Pharmacy Board Statement on CNPs, CNSs, CNMs, PAs in the Management of Pharmacist Consult Agreements
National APRN Certification Organizations – Extension Policies COVID-19 Update

PRACTICE
RN and LPN practice in the COVID-19 Health Care Environment
• PPE Information-click here for numerous documents and see “COVID-19 Information for PPE”
Practice-Academic Partnerships During COVID-19 Emergency Policy Brief by U.S. Nursing Leaders
Board Statement on Practice-Academic Partnership Policy Brief
Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate products for COVID treatment
Pharmacy Board Statement on Authorization for Nurses to Stock Automated Drug Storage Systems
Click here  for the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Program webinar that provides an overview of Ohio’s proposed vaccination strategy and becoming a provider of the vaccine when it is available. Please submit questions to covidvaccine@ODH.ohio.gov.
• The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) supports the health and well-being of CRNAs and provides well-being resources to address stressors and challenges of the pandemic. To connect with peers, the AANA partners with supportthefront.com to offer free virtual support groups.

COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION
Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Journal Entry regarding COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccine Providers
• Nurses: Help Administer the COVID-19 Vaccine. Click here to learn how you can enroll today.
COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Administration by Nurses and Nursing Students
• For COVID-19 data, information and dashboards, click https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home.
• For the ODH COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Toolkit with talking points, language tips, graphics, FAQs, etc. go to https://odh.ohio.gov/static/covid19/vaccine-providers/communications_toolkit.pdf.
• For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
• ODH offers contact tracing explainer and guidance and frequently asked questions about Diagnosis, Treatment, and Quarantine at coronavirus.ohio.gov. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance for local health departments on case investigation and contact tracing.
Nursing Organizations Launch COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Nurses
Federal Efforts to Grow COViD-19 Vaccination Workforce – PREP Act