NJ State Board of Nursing Proposes Temporary Courtesy Nursing Licenses for Spouses of Armed Forces Members Relocated to NJ

NJ State Board of Nursing Proposes Temporary Courtesy Nursing Licenses for Spouses of Armed Forces Members Relocated to NJ

What is a licensed nurse in another state to do when their spouse who is in the armed forces is suddenly relocated to NJ?   How can a struggling armed forces family make ends meet when the nurse has to wait for a protracted license application to be passed? On June 2, 2014, the NJ State Board of Nurses proposed a rule which would help in such a situation.

Under the proposed rule, an individual who is licensed as a nurse in another state and is the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the Unites States may obtain a courtesy temporary nursing license in NJ. The courtesy would NOT extend to a nurse who has committed an act that resulted in action being taken against her or his license, or who was the subject of an investigation by a licensing entity in any other state. To qualify, the nurse will have to establish that her or she has practiced as a licensed nurse for two of the last five years, and the nurse must complete and submit a Criminal History Certification Form. The license would be valid from one year, and can be renewed for an additional year upon application to the Board, together with a check for $60.00.

The Board is accepting public comment right now, though August 1, 2014. It is predicted to become law shortly thereafter.

Bravo to the Board to proposing a rule to help the families of our Armed Forces!

A full text of the proposal follows – additions are in bold text, deletions in brackets [thus]:

SUBCHAPTER 4.    LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT; PROFESSIONAL AND PRACTICAL NURSES

13:37-4.2   Application requirements for licensure by endorsement

(a) An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall submit or arrange to submit the following to the Board:

1. (No change.)

2. A non-refundable initial license fee and application for licensure by endorsement fee as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:37-[5.5(a)2 and 3]5.5(a)3 and 4; and

3. (No change.)

13:37-4.3   [(Reserved)] Temporary courtesy license

(a) A registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse may obtain a temporary courtesy license pursuant to P.L. 2012, c. 76, if he or she:

1. Is currently licensed in good standing in another state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia that has licensure requirements equivalent to those in New Jersey;

2. Is not a resident of New Jersey;

3. Has not committed an act in another jurisdiction that would have constituted grounds for the denial, suspension, or revocation of a nursing license in New Jersey or has not been disciplined, or is not the subject of an investigation, by a professional or occupational licensing or credentialing entity in another jurisdiction;

4. Is the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been transferred to New Jersey in the course of his or her service; and

5. Is legally domiciled in New Jersey or has moved to New Jersey on a permanent change-of-station basis.

(b) An applicant for a temporary courtesy license shall submit, or arrange to submit, to the Board:

1. A completed application form, provided by the Board, which requests information concerning the applicant’s educational and experiential background;

2. A non-refundable initial license fee and application for temporary courtesy license fee as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:37-5.5(a)3 and 13;

3. Written or electronic verification of status of licensure from every state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, in which the applicant was ever licensed. The verification shall either be forwarded directly to the Board from the applicable state board, if written, or if electronic, be issued by the applicable state board;

4. Proof that the applicant was engaged in the practice of nursing in another jurisdiction, including any time spent discharging official duties in the Armed Forces or for an agency of the Federal government, for at least two of the last five years immediately preceding the date of application; and

5. A completed Criminal History Certification of Authorization form.

(c) A temporary courtesy license shall be valid for one year.

(d) An individual who holds a temporary courtesy license may apply to the Board for an extension of the license for an additional year by submitting a renewal application to the Board.