LPN Workforce Data Report Summary Now Available
The Board collected comprehensive workforce data for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) during the 2014 renewal cycle that ended on August 31, 2014. The response rate was 100% since online renewal was mandatory this year.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” identified data collection as a vital component for health care planning and policymaking. The Board is aware of the importance of data for effective workforce planning and policymaking in Ohio.
The Board is making the Report and raw data directly available to licensees, interested parties, and the public at www.nursing.ohio.gov. The raw data provides the added ability for anyone interested to search the numbers in different ways and combinations.
The Board again wants to thank Ohio nurses for answering the important workforce questions included in this year’s renewal process. Your assistance will positively impact the profession of nursing and the health of Ohioans.
Click Here for the 2014 Nursing Workforce Data Package
(Package includes anonymized raw data in CSV and XLSX file formats, question/answer field key and background document.)
New NCLEX Identification Policy Updates
NCSBN is proud of its continued growth and expansion and excited to welcome the participating Canadian Regulatory Bodies to the NCLEX. With growth comes the need for a new policy to maintain the same high-level security standards for the NCLEX. Therefore, we have developed new identification requirements for candidates testing at domestic versus international Pearson Professional Centers.
Domestic Test Centers
For candidates seeking licensure in the U.S., domestic test centers are those within the U.S. and American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For candidates seeking licensure/registration in Canada, domestic test centers are those within Canadian provinces/territories and the mainland U.S. (not including territories). The only acceptable forms of identification for domestic test centers are the following:
- Passport books and cards
- Driver’s license
- Provincial/territorial or state identification card
- Permanent residence card
- Military identification card
International Test Centers
The only acceptable forms of identification for domestic test centers are the following:
- Passport books and cards
For both domestic and international test centers, the ID presented on exam day must be nonexpired and government issued. In addition, the candidate’s name (first and last) on all forms of identification must match exactly the name on the candidate’s registration and contain the following: name (in Roman characters), recent photograph and signature. Temporary identification (examples include limited-term IDs and any ID reading “temp” or “temporary”) is only acceptable if it meets the required elements stated above.
Information Regarding Ebola
The Ohio Board of Nursing is committed to providing the public, including health care providers, with information about Ebola. Having accurate information is important for optimal care of patients, for nurse safety in managing this infectious disease, and public protection.
The Ohio Department of Health has set up a 24/7 call line for the public, staffed by registered nurses: 866-800-1404.
Links to important sources of information are listed below:
What You Need to Know about Ebola: Click here to view the Ebola infographic
- Ohio Department of Health: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/dis/orbitdis/ebola/Ebola.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
- Medical Reserve Corps: http://www.ohioresponds.gov/omrc.stm
Nurses are advised to follow the regulatory standards of practice specified in Chapter 4723-4, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Dialysis Technicians, Community Health Workers, and Medication Aides are advised to follow the regulatory standards contained in Chapters 4723-23, 4723-26, and 4723-27, respectively. All licensees are to follow the regulations regarding prevention of disease transmission in Chapter 4723-20, OAC.
To access the OAC Chapters, click on Law and Rules.
Healthcare workers are also encouraged to contact their state and/or federal associations for information.
ALERT: CTP Number is Required on All Prescriptions
All CTP holders are reminded that Rule 4723-9-09(I), Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), states:
A nurse holding a current valid certificate to prescribe shall satisfy all requirements for prescribing set forth in rule 4723-5-30 of the Administrative code, and shall include the nurse’s prescriber number on each prescription.” [emphasis added]
You are required to include your prescriber number on every prescription you issue. In addition you must satisfy all other requirements for prescribing set forth in Pharmacy Board Rule 4729-5-30, OAC, Manner of Issuance of a Prescription. The Board of Nursing may discipline the license of any nurse for violating the Nurse Practice Act and any rules adopted under it. This includes a nurse issuing a prescription without the CTP number.
Chapter 4723-9, OAC, Prescriptive Authority, is available for review on the Board’s website, under the “Law and Rules" link.
Rule 4729-5-30, OAC, and all other Pharmacy Board regulations can be located on the Pharmacy Board website: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov
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 web page 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 email@example.com.
Start Talking! – Ohio Launches New Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative
Governor John Kasich and Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich launched a 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 Start Talking! Website, www.starttalking.ohio.gov, 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.
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.
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 https://www.ohiopmp.gov/Portal/Brochure.pdf. The Board encourages you to register immediately so you are in compliance with this legal requirement.