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Georgia Governor Signs Continuing Competency Bill

Publish Date: June 25, 2013

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a continuing competency bill into law on May 6, 2013.

Beginning with the 2016 license renewal cycle, applicants for RN licenses will be required to have met one of the following continuing competency requirements during the previous biennial licensure period.

  • Completion of 30 continuing education hours by a board-approved provider;
  • Maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying body recognized by the board;
  • Completion of an accredited academic program of study in nursing or a related field;
  • Verification by a health care facility or physician’s office that at least 500 hours were practiced; or
  • Other activities as prescribed and approved by the board.

If an applicant fails to meet one of the above requirements, the renewal application will be denied unless the board waives the requirement due to hardship, disability, illness or other such circumstance.

In addition, the new law will create an “inactive status” for nursing licenses. While a license is inactive, the registered nurse will not be allowed to practice and will not have to pay the renewal fees. If a nurse would like his or her license restored to active status, he or she will be required to pay a restoration fee and provide evidence of competency.

AORN expects regulations to be created by the Georgia Board of Nursing to further specify the competency requirements for nurses. AORN Government Affairs will monitor the process and comment if necessary to ensure perioperative nurses with CNOR and CRNFA certifications are represented in the final regulations.

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