Many of those working as a nurse in Indiana may wonder about the various requirements to renew an their license. Currently, the Indiana Board of Nursing doesn’t require additional continuing education courses for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for renewals. However, as of September 15 , 2016, the exception to this rule states RNs and LPNs with an expired license of three years or more and have no active licenses in any other state or jurisdiction take a refresher course. This includes a clinical component to complete the continuing education requirement. It’s also important to note, as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) it’s not necessary to obtain continuing education for renewal of a limited license to practice. Along with Licensed Nurses, CNM’s must only “maintain skills and knowledge sufficient to remain competent to practice.”
Other Requirements for RNs and LPNs
In addition to continuing education requirements, Indiana requires RNs and LPNs with an license expired for 3 years or more with no licenses in other states come before the board. This is necessary because the board evaluates the candidate for renewal. This hearing is occurs after a candidate completes a renewal form and submits it to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) with a $100 fee.
Special Requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses with Prescriptive Authority
Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) in Indiana must obtain at least 30 hours of continuing education, at least eight hours of which must be in pharmacology. It’s in the best interest of an APN to keep records of their continuing education in the event of an audit by the board. APN’s should only attend continuing education programs or events that have been approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education. If a candidate has been initially granted prescriptive authority less than 12 months before its expiration date, then no continuing education is necessary.
However, if authority has been granted more than 12 months before the expiration date applicants need to submit proof of at least 15 hours of complete continuing education. These hours:
- Must be complete before expiration date and after authority has been granted.
- Include at least four hours of pharmacology
- Need to be approved by a national sponsor of continuing education for nurses, and approved by the board.
Additionally, since July 1st , IC-48-3-3.5 has stated APNs must have at least two hours of continuing education in opioid prescribing and abuse. These hours must also be from an approved sponsor and can count towards a pharmacology requirement.
If you have questions about protecting your professional license, contact Chelle Law to set up a consultation.