Starting with the 2014 LPN renewal, all nurses will be required to renew their licenses online.  In the Spring of 2014 the Board will alert LPNs, through both email and mail, to renew their licenses. At that time, nurses will be able to access their User ID and Password for online renewal through the Board's website.

If you have questions, please email:

Now Accepting Applications for Appointment
to the Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG)

The Board of Nursing (Board) will be accepting applications for appointment to the Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG) through the month of April. The appointments will be made during the Board's May 2014 meeting. The appointments will be for the following positions: one (1) Certified Nurse Practitioner, and one (1) Clinical Nurse Specialist. The appointment of each position is for a three-year term. Completed applications must be received at the Board offices no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday April 30, 2014 to be considered.

All members of the CPG are appointed in accordance with Section 4723.49, Ohio Revised Code. The Board of Nursing appoints the nurse members of the CPG.Click Here to Download Applcation.

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
April 26, 2014 - 10AM to 2PM

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Collection site locations are now available. Check back often; sites are added daily. Please contact the Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 if you require assistance. Click Here to Locate a Collection Site Near You.

For law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site, please call the POC in your area, click here.

To download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, click here.

For general drug disposal information, click here.

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Announces the Availability of the Practice Insight Report

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy announces the availability of the Practice Insight Report in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). This report was designed after feedback from prescribers who regularly use OARRS. The Practice Insight Report will provide prescribers with information about their patients by providing easy access to the following information:

Accessing a Practice Insight Report is a simple process:

Step 1: After logging into OARRS, press the Submit link in the Requests Menu. This is the same link you press to request a Patient Rx History Report.

Step 2: In the upper left-hand corner of the request screen, above where you would enter your patient’s last name, there is a drop-down box that currently says “Patient”. Change this to Practitioner. After the screen changes, press the “Submit” button. There is no need to enter any additional information; the form is pre-populated.

Step 3: After your request has been submitted, click “View” from the requests menu. You will now see your “Practitioner” request listed among your normal “Patient” requests. Within a minute or two, your report will be ready for you to review.

The Practice Insight Report is run based on the DEA number that you provided on your OARRS registration. If you did not provide this number, or if it is out of date, please contact us at to update your information.

The Board of Pharmacy believes that this new report will provide prescribers with a wealth of new information but also recognizes that many providers would like to see additional information. Health care professionals registered with OARRS can expect additional information added to the Practice Insight Report over the coming months and years as new sources of data become available.

The Board encourages OARRS users to provide feedback and suggestions regarding this report or other system improvements by emailing The Board encourages all prescribers to register with OARRS. For more information on registration, please visit:

Important Changes to CTP Formulary

All CTP holders are required to amend their written standard care arrangements to comply with recent changes made to the Formulary by the Board of Nursing (Board)’s Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG). All drugs and drug categories that are listed in the Formulary under the new prescribing designation column, “In Accordance with the Standard Care Arrangement,” must be reviewed with the Collaborating Physician, and based on that review, given one of the following designations that is required to be documented in the written Standard Care Arrangement: may not prescribe; may prescribe; physician initiation; or physician consult. The amendments must be made no later than April 1 2014. Click here for the complete announcement.

Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor, is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Governor John Kasich is committed to addressing this problem and the Ohio Board of Nursing is joining in the fight against human trafficking.

Nurses and other health care providers are often the only professionals able to interact with trafficking victims.  The Ohio Board of Nursing encourages you to be an informed, aware and contributing member of the nursing community with respect to understanding human trafficking issues.  The Board urges you to visit the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force website where you will find links to more information, including helpful resources such as Awareness Campaign Materials and a Human Trafficking Toolkit. The Board will also maintain a human trafficking page on its website to post additional information and updates.

Ohio’s School Nurses have a unique opportunity to prevent trafficking and identify school aged youth who may be trafficked or in other abusive situations. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) developed a School Nurse Human Trafficking Protocol to assist with recognizing specific signs and indicators, and to provide basic screening questions and information regarding making appropriate community referrals. To review the School Nurse Human Trafficking Protocol and for other education resources, visit the ODH webpage devoted to these topics.

For additional information on human trafficking, please contact Elizabeth Ranade Janis, Anti-Trafficking Coordinator within the Ohio Department of Public Safety, at

Start Talking! – Ohio Launches New Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative

On January 8th Governor John Kasich and Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich launched a new statewide initiative aimed at preventing drug abuse among Ohio’s youth. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

The majority of substance-free adolescents credit parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making.

Drug abuse is a public health epidemic and Ohio is not immune. Use of illegal substances and misuse of prescription medications are both to blame for disability and/or early death among Ohio’s youth.

The Start Talking! Website,, features information, tools, TEACHable Moments for the classroom, a program pairing student athletes and law enforcement officials, and an opportunity for schools and communities to get help building youth resiliency through evidence-based programs.

NCLEX Testing

The 2014 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin is now available! This document is created specifically for NCLEX candidates, and provides information about the NCLEX registration process, from the scheduling of an appointment to the receipt of exam results.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors voted to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination to -0.21 logits beginning April 1, 2014. The new passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2017. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

Starting January 2014 the NCLEX program will “go green” and transition to a paperless program. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

The 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan will go into effect April 1, 2014, and can be found on the current NCLEX Test Plans page of the NCSBN website. The 2014 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test offers a comprehensive listing of content for each client needs category and subcategory and exists in a candidate version and an item writer/item reviewer/nurse educator version. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

The process of taking the NCLEX exam can be broken down into eight steps. These steps cover registration and scheduling, eligibility, identification requirements, and results processing. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

New Licensure Information for Military and Veterans Page Added

If you or your spouse is a current or retired member of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, information is now available to help you in obtaining licensure or certification by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The new site page can be found in the primary navigation bar on the left-hand portion of the Board's webpage, or simply CLICK HERE.

RN and APRN Workforce Data Report Summaries Now Available

The Board collected comprehensive workforce data for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) during the 2013 renewal cycle that ended on August 31st. The response rate was over 97% of RNs with an active Ohio license or nearly 170,000 nursing licensees.

Click Here for the RN Summary

Click Here for the APRN Summary

Click Here to access the raw data now available on our Workforce Data page

Opiate Prescribing Resource Website

The appropriate treatment of pain is a priority in Ohio.  The Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), the Nursing Board, and a group of professional health care provider regulatory boards, associations, individual providers and other key stakeholders have focused their efforts on educating health care professionals and patients.  The goal of this educational effort is to help reduce and eliminate the misuse and abuse of opioid drugs.

The team established a website that features the “Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic, Non-Terminal Pain”, a one-hour continuing education video and information and links to an improved OARRS reporting system keyed to this initiative. 

Using the recently adopted guidelines in coordination with OARRS reports is a best practice that offers insight into a patient’s use of opioids and other controlled substances while also alerting prescribers to possibilities of medication conflicts and signs of abuse, addiction or diversion.  OARRS reports have recently been enhanced to include a dosage calculator to assist prescribers in determining whether patients are at, near or over the daily 80 MED highlighted in the guidelines.

Thank you for joining us in Ohio’s efforts to reduce the abuse and misuse of opioid drugs and contributing to a “Healthy Ohio.”

Joint Regulatory Statement on the Prescription of
Naloxone to High-Risk Individuals

The Nursing, Medical, and Pharmacy Boards issued the Joint Regulatory Statement on the Prescription of Naloxone to High-Risk Individuals endorsing the prescription of naloxone (Narcan™) to those who are at high-risk for opioid drug overdose.

The purpose of the statement is to promote wider utilization of naloxone for high-risk individuals by educating prescribers on the proper use of naloxone. Naloxone is a medication primarily used to prevent or reverse the effects of opioids, including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain to restore effective breathing.

Click here to Read the Joint Regulatory Statement

Click Here for Project DAWN Website

Important OARRS Registration Information for CTP Holders

It is important that all Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) holders register for OARRS (Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System) to be in compliance with the legal requirements for the use of OARRS. Rule 4723-9-12, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), requires that under certain circumstances APRN prescribers use the OARRS information in their practice when prescribing controlled substances or tramadol. You can access Rule 4723-9-12, OAC, “Standards And Procedures For Review of OARRS,” via the link below.

To register for OARRS and to obtain additional information about OARRS, go to The Board encourages you to register immediately so you are in compliance with this legal requirement.

Click Here to View Chapter 4723-9-12, OAC on the Lawriter Website

Nursys e-Notify

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) offers Nursys e-Notify, the national nurse licensure notification system that automatically delivers licensure and publicly available discipline data directly to employers as the data is entered into the Nursys database by participating U.S. boards of nursing.

The e-Notify system alerts subscribers when changes are made to a nurse’s record, including changes to license status, license expirations, pending license renewals, and public disciplinary action/resolutions and alerts. If a nurse’s license is about to expire, employers have the option to receive a notification about the expiration date.

Nurse employers are able to subscribe to this service to track licensure and discipline information for little or no charge (cost is dependent on the number of nurses enrolled in the system). The first 100 nurses in a facility registered with Nursys e-Notify are free of charge. After that, each nurse is $1 per year. If an employer has 99 nurses they pay nothing; if they have 200 nurses, the cost per year is $100.

To learn more and subscribe to Nursys e-Notify visit the Nursys website. An introductory video is also available. NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands and 12 associate members.

e-Notify Link

Join the Ohio Board of Nursing on Facebook

The Ohio Board of Nursing is on Facebook. This social networking page is intended to enhance but not replace the Board’s website ( The Board’s Facebook page will be used similarly to the Board’s Twitter and eNews email list-service. You can expect to receive periodic notices about: rules hearings, potential law changes, meeting notices for the Board and its advisory groups, highlights of Board meeting agendas, content updates made to the Board’s website and other time sensitive announcements. Join us today on Facebook!

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