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Idaho Adding Continued Competency Requirements for License Renewal

Publish Date: August 19, 2014

In May, the Idaho Board of Nursing issued a proposed rule requiring registered and licensed practical nurses seeking to renew their licenses to demonstrate continued competence. This proposed rule is modeled after the Board’s APRN requirements. The draft proposed rules require that licensees show two competencies including, but not limited to, current specialty certification by a national certifying organization recognized by the Board, 200 hours of active practice as a nurse, or thirty hours of participation in professional activities such as research, published materials, teaching, peer reviewing, service on nursing or health care related boards, organizations, associations, and committees. During a special Board meeting in July, these draft rules were presented and discussed. The rule discussion was then added to the Regular July Board meeting agenda. Meeting minutes for that meeting will be made available in late August.

AORN will continue to monitor this regulatory change and provide updates on the finalized rules and effective date(s).   It is AORN’s expectation that both CNOR and CRNFA certification will be recognized by the Idaho Board of Nursing for purposes of meeting its continued competency requirements.