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Board of Nursing

Processing Center Hours:
The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays). 

Office Hours: The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays).

NOTICE: On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the HRLA Processing Center will close at 11:30 am.


ALERT: PHONE SCAM

DC HEALTH has become aware of a PHISHING PHONE SCAM
in which individuals pose as DC Health representatives to request money.
Please be advised that DC Health representatives will never
contact you with a request for money.

FBI Warns Individuals Employed in the Health Care Industry
of the Ongoing Scam Involving the Impersonation of
Law Enforcement and Government Officials - FBI  fbi.gov



LICENSURE WAIVER
PERIOD HAS ENDED:

Please review Important Notices regarding
Temporary Licensure Requirements
 HERE
 


RN/APRN RENEWAL EXTENSION

Nurses May Practice Beyond the End of the Renewal Period

Currently, DC Health is processing the renewal applications from RNs/APRNs who timely applied for the renewal of their licenses. The subject matters under review vary from vaccination or continuing education compliance to disciplinary history. It is possible that these reviews will still continue after the expiration date of June 30, 2022. However, when the renewal applications are approved, the licenses will be renewed and considered active as of July 1, 2022.

RNs/APRNs who apply for licensure by August 30, 2022 may be deemed to have possessed a valid license during the period between July 1, 2022 to August 30, 2022. During this period their licensure status will be "Expired - Renewal Eligible".

Nurses who have applied online by June 30th
may continue to work until their license has been renewed.
They may not work beyond August 30, 2022 without an active license.

Nurses who apply for licensure after June 30th will incur an $85.00 late fee,
but may continue to work until their license has been renewed.
They may not work beyond August 30, 2022 without an active license.

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TITLE 17 DCMR BUSINESS, OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS
CHAPTER 40 - HEALTH OCCUPATIONS

4005      RENEWAL OF A LICENSE, CERTICATE, OR REGISTRATION

4005.5   A holder of a license, certificate, or registration who fails to renew prior to the expiration date may renew the license, certificate, or registration within sixty (60) days after expiration upon paying the required late fee. Upon renewal, the holder shall be deemed to have possessed a valid license, certificate, or registration during the period between the expiration of the license, certificate, or registration and the renewal thereof.

4005.6   If a holder of a license, certificate, or registration fails to renew the license, certificate, or registration within sixty (60) days after the expiration, the license, certificate, or registration shall be considered to have lapsed on the date of expiration, and the holder shall be required to apply for reinstatement and pay the required reinstatement fee, in accordance with the applicable provisions of this subtitle and the Act.

SOURCE: Final Rulemaking published at 34 DC Register 5859, 5863 (September 11, 1987).
                                                                                                                                               6/30/2022

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To view or print RN/APRN Renewal Extension notice in
PDF format, select this link: Renewal Extension Notice

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2022 RN/APRN Renewal

Renewal Online Application
Renewal Frequently Asked Questions
 


 

NOTICE REGARDING PAPER APPLICATIONS

Important Notice (select link): DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)

 

ONLINE LICENSING APPLICATIONS

DC Health’s online licensing application system is now LIVE. (See link below.)

 

The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process.

 

https://doh.force.com/dchealthrenewals/s/portal-page


Application Instructions

RN Application Instructions - (to come)
  LPN Application Instructions - https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/325772
     APRN Application Instructions - https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/323062
  HHA Application Instructions - https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/323082
  TME Application Instructions - https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/149672

Nurses (LPN, RN, APRN) document submission:

Submit your documents to the Board via these email addresses:

College Nursing Program Transcripts: [email protected]
Supervised Practice Documents: [email protected]  
Verifications from Non-Nursys states and APRN verifications
should be sent to 
[email protected]


CNA and HHA Applications

Current and prospective CNAs and HHAs, please note:
DC Health is now in contract with Credentia for testing and the CNA registry processes. 

Please access the Credentia website for more information: 

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA): 
www.credentia.com/test-takers/dc

Home Health Aide (HHA): 
www.credentia.com/test-takers/dchha

(To request verification from the DC Board of Nursing for a DC RN or DC LPN license, request your verification
at www.Nursys.comAPRNs, HHAs, & TMEs please see instructions here


 

***COVID-19 UPDATES***

NEW COVID-19 MANDATES

To see the DC Health mandates related to COVID-19, select the link below:

COVID-19 VACCINE & COVID-19 C.E. REQUIREMENTS

(https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/1556816)


In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check below for Board of Nursing meeting dates. 

Board of Nursing is committed to doing our best to continue normal operations and prioritize tasks; please understand that responses and actions may be delayed. We are currently processing routine applications within 30- 45 business days, if the application is complete. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.

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Assistance 

To file a COMPLAINT select this link.

If you require assistance from the Board of Nursing, please contact the following individuals by email:

  Name Email Address
Criminal Background Checks Concheeta Wright  [email protected]
 Nursing Education and 
 Continuing Education
Bonita Jenkins [email protected]

 Nursing Practice

Cathy Borris-Hale [email protected]
 LPN & RN Exam
 Applications 
Tanee Atwell  [email protected]

 LPN & RN Endorsement
 Applications

Antoinette Butler [email protected]
 LPN & RN Reinstatement
 Applications
 
 APRN New Applications
 APRN Reinstatement
 Applications
DaNeka Bigelow [email protected]
 HHA Applications Naaman Rogers [email protected]
 TME Applications Melondy Franklin [email protected]


      Address Change / Name Change

  • Please email name and address changes to: [email protected] 
  • Please provide your full license number and include letters such as RN, LPN, etc. (If you don't know your license number, provide your Social Security Number).
  • For name change, attach a photo or scan of document such as marriage license, divorce decree or court document which authorizes the change.

Exam Information

For updates on how COVID-19 has impacted NCLEX candidate exam schedules and testing, visit Pearson Vue.

Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Impaired Nurses meetings will be held virtually on the third Friday of every month.  However, should any hospitals or nursing facilities have any referrals, please send them to [email protected]

Discipline

Please continue to send all notices of terminations related to practice or abuse to [email protected]
To file a complaint with the Board of Nursing, please select this LINK (webpage: https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/1588606). 

Board of Nursing Meeting 

To ensure that business is on the agenda for the Board to consider at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten (10) full working days before the meeting date.  Submit agenda requests for consideration from the public to [email protected]

The full board meets formally every other Wednesday (on the first Wednesday of each month) except in the event of a scheduling conflict. The Board does not meet during the month of August. Special meetings may be called by the executive director or the full board itself. 

BON Open Meeting Link / Call-in Information

https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/j.php?MTID=mcc28cf799c8f6eccc4f690b77e9e8b4b

Join by Phone:
1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada)

Access Code:
172 969 3891
 

Board of Nursing Meeting Dates 

BON Meetings
(1st Wednesday of every month)

Type of Meeting
On Ground and Virtual
(See above for Webex virtual meeting link
and access code.)

September 7, 2022


Virtual


FY2023:

 


November 2, 2022
On Ground at
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor
 

January 4, 2023

Virtual
 

March 1, 2023
On Ground at
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor
 

May 3, 2023

Virtual
 

July 5, 2023
On Ground at
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor
 

August 2, 2023

NO MEETING
 

September 6, 2023
 

Virtual


The Board shall regulate the practice of advanced practice registered nursing, registered nursing, practical nursing, and nursing assistive personnel. The Board shall recommend for promulgation by the Mayor curricula and standards required for the approval of nursing schools and nursing programs in the District of Columbia. 

 


To Verify a License,
select link HERE.


Mission Statement

 “The mission of the Board of Nursing is to safeguard the public’s health and well-being by assuring safe quality care in the District of Columbia. This is achieved through the regulation of nursing practice and education programs; and by the licensure, registration and continuing education of nursing personnel.”


The Board of Nursing, a division within the DC Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), is responsible for the licensure and regulation of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) (i.e., nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners), nursing assistive personnel (NAPs) (i.e., dialysis techs (DTs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs ), and home health aides (HHAs).  The Board also approves and regulates the education and training programs of the health care providers listed above.

The Board newsletter, DC NURSE, is a communication vehicle to the DC Nursing Community.

The Board administers a rehabilitation program, the Committee On Impaired Nurses (COIN), which was established to monitor the practice of nurses impaired due to substance abuse or mental illness.  

The Board has eleven (11) members, of which seven (7) are RNs, two (2) are LPNs, and two (2) consumer members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the DC Council.


 

New Criminal Background Check Instructions
Criminal Background Check

Nurses Application Documents
Registered Nurse
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse

Nursing Assistive Personnel Application Documents
Certified Nurse Aide
Home Health Aide
Trained Medication Employee

Verification
NURSYS Endorsement Verification

Abuse Registry
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Impaired Nurses
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Reporting 
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Legislation/Regulations
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Nursing Education Programs
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Continuing Education (CE)
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Board Members
BON Members

Board Agenda and Minutes
BON Agenda & Meeting Schedule
BON Minutes

Board Opinions
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Board Policy Statements

Newsletter
DC Nurse (BON Newsletter)

Name/Address Change
Reporting a Name or Address Change

Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background Check

 

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