RN, COA AND CTP RENEWAL IS QUICKLY APPROACHING!
YOUR CORRECT ADDRESS IS NEEDED NOW
RNs, COAs, and CTP holders who are eligible to renew their license or certificate(s) will receive notification and instructions by mail about renewing online. All nurses are required to renew online this year. The Board must have YOUR CORRECT ADDRESS for you to receive the instructions.
If you changed your address since the last renewal and did not notify the Board, submit your correct address to the Board IN WRITING as follows:
Include your full name, license/certificate number, new address, county, telephone number, and email address. Send by one of the following methods:
- Mail: Attention: RN Renewal Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410
- Fax: Attention: RN Renewal, 614-466-0388
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and in subject line “address change for [insert name]”
VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR COA AND CTP HOLDERS
APRNs must renew their RN license, not just their COA. APRNs cannot legally practice without renewing both their RN and COA. Also, APRNs renewing their CTP must renew not only their CTP, but also their RN and COA.
In summary, if you renew a COA, you must also renew your RN license. If you renew your CTP, you must also renew your RN license and COA. APRNs must remember to renew all applicable licenses/certificates, because the current state licensing system cannot monitor or alert you if you have or have not renewed all the required licenses/certificates.
- To practice, APRNs must renew both their RN license and COA
- To prescribe, APRNs must renew three things: RN license, COA, and CTP
You will be required to provide the name and address of your collaborating physician(s) at the time of renewal, so please have the information readily available.
Nurse Education Grant Program: Proposals for Funding September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017
The Board is soliciting proposals for the Nurse Education Grant Program for the September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017 grant cycle. Complete application packets including all supporting documentation, and the correct number of copies (including a packet containing original signatures) must be received at the Board office by 5:00 p.m., on Friday June 5, 2015. Mailed or shipped material that arrives after this date and time will not be accepted. Should you have questions, please contact the NEGP Administrator by email at NEGP@nursing.ohio.gov. Application packets can be downloaded from the NEGP page.
Nursing Education Program Completion Letters
The Ohio Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Board will accept Program Completion Letters by email as of February 1, 2015.
The process was successfully piloted with several education programs during December and early January, and we are pleased to now make this available for all education programs.
Attached, for your reference, is a document that provides guidance for the email submission of Completion Letters. Also attached are new sample Program Completion Letters. These documents can be found on the Board web site. Click on Education Programs or Licensure and Renewal to locate these documents.
As of March 30, 2015, the Board will require that education programs email all Completion Letters to the Board. We are pleased to implement this new electronic process for greater ease and efficiency.
If you have questions, please email email@example.com
HB 341: OARRS Registration Requirements
Legislative initiatives of 2014 and Ohio Administrative Code rule changes continue to target prescribing of opioids, benzodiazepines and other drugs that can be dangerous when misused or abused. The Board established a link on the front page of its website, “Prescriptive Authority Resources” at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/Practice.htm#CTP, to provide faster access to resources supporting prescriber awareness and education.
The Board wants to remind prescribers of the following:
- HB 341 imposes new legal requirements for CTP holders. CTP holders who hold appropriate DEA certification and prescribe opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines are required to be registered with OARRS. To register for OARRS, go to http://www.ohiopmp.gov.
- Beginning April 1, 2015, the prescriber, before initially prescribing or personally furnishing an opioid analgesic or a benzodiazepine, must request patient information from OARRS that covers at least the previous 12 months, and make periodic requests for patient information from OARRS if the course of treatment continues for more than 90 days.
- Exceptions to the requirement to check OARRS under these circumstances include drugs prescribed when: (1) A drug database report regarding the patient is not available, in which case the nurse shall document in the patient's record the reason that the report is not available; (2) The drug is prescribed in an amount indicated for a period not to exceed seven days; (3) The drug is prescribed for the treatment of cancer or another condition associated with cancer; (4) The drug is prescribed to a hospice patient in a hospice care program, as those terms are defined in section 3712.01 of the Revised Code, or any other patient diagnosed as terminally ill; (5) The drug is prescribed for administration in a hospital, nursing home, or residential care facility. The law further requires the Nursing Board to verify that licensees prescribing in this manner are registered and using OARRS appropriately.
For more information about OARRS and HB 341 requirements please click on the following link to review the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy’s FAQs: Click Here.