Continued Competency Requirements for Nurses

The Board of Nursing website has been updated to include a notice to all Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses on continued competency requirements for nurses.

The notice references the Regulations adopted by the Board of Nursing related to continued competency requirements for renewal of RN and LPN licenses (all other regulated professions at the Department of Health Professions currently have continued competency requirements in place.)  The continued competency regulations go into effect for all RNs and LPNs on August 1, 2013 and will affect licensure renewals beginning August 1, 2015.  Final regulations will be on the website after July 31, 2013.

The regulations include information about the nine different types of learning / practice activities that are approved and define recognized providers and approved entities.  Further, the requirements address persons who hold dual licenses, such as individuals who hold an RN and LPN license or an NP and RN license, and also outline how to document compliance and responsibility as a licensee for maintaining records of activities that meet the continued competency activities for renewal of licensure.  While nurses do not have to attest until August 2015, they will be required to attest on subsequent renewals that they met the continued competency requirements during the preceding two years.

Nurses will not be requested to submit any documents to the Board but will be required to maintain documentation of continued competency activities for two years following each renewal.

The website also includes an additional document with “Frequently Asked Questions” related to the continued competency Licensure Renewal Requirements.  RNs and LPNs are encouraged to review the document which responds to many questions we have received from members about the activities surrounding competency requirements.

Courses offered by VHCA as “a health care provider association” were added to the listing of approved providers of continuing education for RNs and LPNs.