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  • Position Announcement (Closed)
    Posted: 10/22/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing is seeking applications for an Administrative Coordinator. Applicant must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to deal courteously and professionally with the public in a prompt and efficient manner. Position performs a wide variety of administrative duties and requires the ability to function independently; ability to organize work efficiently; demonstrate attention to details; and work well on a multi-tasking team. Applicant must possess strong critical thinking and sound judgment skills. Position requires a high level of proficiency in use of PC; exceptional MS Office word/data processing skills; and ability to learn custom software. 

    Education and Experience
    • College degree with a minimum of 2 years of recent experience in administrative support or similar role
    • Prior experience in regulation, health, or government setting preferred

    Salary is commensurate with education and experience. This is a fulltime position located in Raleigh, NC office.

    Send letter of interest and current resume to:

    Administrative Coordinator
    North Carolina Board of Nursing
    P.O. Box 2129
    Raleigh, NC 27602-2129

    Closing date: November 2, 2018
  • 9/26 Press Release: Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

    Many Residents of 27 NC Counties Can Soon Apply for Help Buying Food After Hurricane Florence

    Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
    (919) 855-4840

    RALEIGH - As early as Friday, residents in 27 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP”, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services received federal authority to implement the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    This help will be available in 27 counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson.

    “For North Carolinians working to get back on their feet after Hurricane Florence, help feeding their families will make a tremendous difference,” Gov. Cooper said. “I urge anyone who lives in hard-hit areas and needs this help to apply as soon as they can.” 

    “We want to do everything we can to help families recover from Hurricane Florence,” said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “This program will help people who have suffered losses buy food for their families as they begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.”

    Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $640 and larger families would receive more.

    To be eligible, a person must:

    • Live in one of the counties listed above.
    • Have suffered losses/damages related to Hurricane Florence, such as damage to property, loss of income or food loss.
    • Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).
    • Have income and resources below certain levels.
    • Not currently be receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. People receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. They can get more information about how to get the extra help here.

    Residents of the 27 counties who want to apply must do so in person from Friday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 6, with the exception of Sunday, Sept. 30, when all application sites will be closed. Most application sites will be the local department of social services office in each county. As application sites are finalized, DHHS will post information on locations and hours of the sites in each county on its website. People can also dial 2-1-1 for information on application sites in their county.

    While residents are encouraged to apply in the county they live in, they can also apply in person in any of the 27 counties, regardless of which of the 27 counties they reside. They are also encouraged to complete their application ahead of time and bring it with them by downloading the form in English HERE or in Spanish HERE.

    People who may have a disability or are physically unable to go in person to apply for help can complete this form and send an authorized representative in their place. 

    Wait times should be anticipated at application sites due to the volume of people expected to apply. County officials will do everything they can to process applications as quickly as possible.

  • What You Should Know After Hurricane Florence

    If you want to help:

    Do you want to volunteer to help with Hurricane Florence recovery? Whether you're a nurse, physician, behavioral health professional or a member of the public, North Carolina needs you. Learn more about how you can help.

    If you are interested in contributing to Hurricane Florence relief efforts, monetary donations are currently being accepted through the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund . You can also text "Florence" to 20222.

    If you receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits:

    Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards can be used at any authorized retailer, even if you are out-of-state.

    Lost or damaged EBT cards can be replaced by calling the EBT Call Center at 1 (888) 622-7328.

    There are additional flexibilities for people in the FNS program. Learn more about how you can purchase hot food, report a food loss and get replacement benefits.

    If you receive WIC benefits:

    There are flexibilities for people in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Learn more about how you can get WIC benefits issued remotely.

  • Disaster Relief in North Carolina

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing allows out-of-state nurses to practice during a disaster in an established healthcare system, facility or with the American Red Cross or other official Disaster Relief organization, provided the nurse has a valid, unencumbered license in another state. Licensure information can be verified easily through "Nursys QuickConfirm License Verification." Contact practice@ncbon.com for additional information if you're a licensed out-of-state nurse interested in helping or an employer that needs help.

  • 2018 Election of Nurse Members Results

    Results of the 2018 Election of Nurse Members to the North Carolina Board of Nursing:

  • Continuing Education: North Carolina Nurse Vote in 2018! (Closed)

    Continuing Education Offering: Learners will understand the Nursing Practice Act regulations for Board elections and will vote in the 2018 elections.

  • Summer 2018 Issue of the Nursing Bulletin

    Publication of the North Carolina State Board of Nursing. Volume 14; Edition 42

  • Press Release: From the Editor
    Posted: 7/11/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Vacation and Voting …

    ...And the Bulletin Magazine—as you like it!

    It’s that time of year again to exercise your opportunity to vote for the candidates of your choice to North Carolina Board of Nursing. We introduce the candidates to you in this issue and to read each candidates full interview and biography, please visit the information on the Board’s homepage at www.ncbon.com

    The window for voting runs from July 1st through August 15th.

    The growth trend in nursing continues as we begin the second half of 2018. On the bottom of the Board’s homepage we report—and update regularly—the number of licensed nurses in the state. Currently, we are fast approaching 160,000 licensed nurses and among that number are almost 12,000 Advanced Practice Nurses; Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse Midwives.

    The summer Continuing Education (CE) article in this expanded issue of the Nursing Bulletin Magazine is our traditional article on voting which has been updated for 2018. Additionally, a very timely article titled: The Role of Nurses in Mitigating the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic, is authored by co-workers Bobby Lowery, Ph.D, FNP-BC, FAANP and Kathleen Privette, MSN, NEA-BC FRE also appears in this current issue. See page 28.

    Speaking of the magazine—the inaugural issue of the Nurse Bulletin, in magazine format, was sent out to North Carolina nurses in October of 2004. Considering the growth in the number of nurses over this time period, a rough calculation comes to a total of the more than 5 million copies of the magazine produced and mailed.

    Our random readership surveys indicate that the majority of readers still want to receive a hard copy of the magazine. However, in the months ahead we will investigate ways for electronic distribution of the magazine to nurses who may prefer to receive it in that format.

    Sincerely,

    David Kalbacker
    Editor, North Carolina Board of Nursing

  • 2018 Election of Nurse Members (Closed)

    The Board invites you to take the opportunity to learn more about the candidates nominated for the Board Member Election. Voting is now open and lasts until midnight, August 15, 2018. View the Slate of Candidates and cast your vote!

  • 2018 Election Slate of Candidates

    Voting is fast, it is easy, and it makes a difference! Mark your calendars annually to cast your vote between July 1st and August 15th! Be sure to check out the Slate of Candidates to learn more about your candidates!

  • 6/15 Press Release: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    Posted: 6/15/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Board of Nursing

    The Board of Nursing will hold a public hearing on proposed re-adoption of Chapter 36 at 9:00 a.m. on July 26, 2018. 

    Midwifery

    The Midwifery Joint Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed re-adoption of Chapter 33 at 9:00 a.m. on July 26, 2018.

  • Board Meeting Agenda (05/25/2018)

    Meeting Agenda

    Board Meeting

  • TLS Upgrade Warning - What You Need to Know
    Posted: 5/7/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    At the North Carolina Board of Nursing, we are committed to providing a safe, secure and reliable experience for everyone. This includes making sure that when you access your Nurse Gateway portal, or when you are submitting an online application, all information and internet connections are kept private and secure.

    For this reason, the North Carolina Board of Nursing will stop supporting the outdated security protocol TLS 1.0 by May 31, 2018 - We will continue to support cryptographically stronger protocols such as TLS 1.1, TLS 1.2 and TLS 2.0. Our change coincides with new regulations set by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) and affects all merchants and service providers processing or transmitting credit card data. The PCI Security Council will prohibit the use of TLS 1.0 as of June 30, 2018.

    Why are we making this change?

    The PCI Security Council sets the rules on which technologies are acceptable for use in transmitting cardholder data. They have explicitly identified TLS 1.0 as no longer being a strong form of encryption because it is vulnerable to many known attacks.

    This is not an action the North Carolina Board of Nursing is taking alone. EVERY website that transmits or processes credit card data will be making this change. If you are using an unsecure or unsupported browser, you will find that all secure websites will stop working very soon. 

    How do I know if I’m affected?

    While this does not affect the majority of our users, a very small percentage may be impacted if browsers and operating systems are not updated. Please visit the SSL Labs SSL Test to check the highest version of TLS supported by your browser.

    A comprehensive list of support is available here: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/clients.html

    Browser Support

    Most browsers have supported TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 for several years.

    The following browsers DO NOT support TLS 1.1 /TLS 1.2 and will no longer work or are capable, but not enabled by default.

    TLS 1.1 TLS 1.2
    Google Chrome 21 and lower browser versions Google Chrome 29 and lower browser versions
    Firefox 26 and lower browser versions FireFox 26 and lower browser versions
    Internet Explorer 8-10 on Windows 7-8 (Capable, but not enabled by default) Internet Explorer 8-10 on Windows 7-8 (Capable, but not enabled by default)
    Safari 6 and lower browser versions Safari 6 and lower browser versions
    iOS 4 and lower browser versions iOS4 and lower browser versions
    Android 4 and lower browser versions Android 4 and lower browser versions

    These browsers do support the latest encryption standards:

    If none of these browsers are available for your computer, and you are running Microsoft Internet Explorer, you may need to first upgrade the operating system.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Users

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 – This version is already fully compatible with TLS 1.2
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 – This version does not enable TLS 1.2 by default. Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or newer or enable TLS 1.2 for Internet Explorer 10
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 – This version does not enable TLS 1.2 by default. Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or newer or enable TLS 1.2 for Internet Explorer 9
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 – This version does not enable TLS 1.2 by default and although TLS 1.2 can be enabled, Internet Explorer 8 can fail to load some web pages when TLS 1.2 is used. Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or newer or enable TLS 1.2 for Internet Explorer 8

    Technical Support

  • 5/3 Press Release: eNLC Rules
    Posted: 5/3/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Final Rules (Adopted December 12, 2017; Effective January 19, 2018)

    Proposed Rulemaking

    Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking

    Proposed Rule Effective date: January 1, 2019
    Deadline for Comments: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), July 2, 2018
    Date of Public Hearing on Proposed Rule: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), June 29, 2018
    Hearing Location: Via Webex. Register here 
    Contact info: email to nursecompact@ncsbn.org 

    Note: To comment on a particular rule below, click on the respective rule and complete the information to post your public comment. If you have a question about the Compact rather than a comment on a rule, send your questions to nursecompact@ncsbn.org

    201. Uniform Data Set and Levels of Access

    502. Dispute Resolution

    503. Compliance and reinforcement

  • Periodic Review of Rules

    A called Board Meeting for the purpose of Periodic Review of Rules will be held Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612.

  • Continuing Education: Maintaining Professional Boundaries in Nursing

    Continuing Education Offering: The purpose of this article is to increase awareness of the North Carolina legislative rule related to boundary violations and sexual misconduct, and assist nurses in understanding what constitutes a boundary violation and sexual misconduct as well as the necessity to avoid these behaviors.

  • Winter 2018 Issue of the Nursing Bulletin

    Publication of the North Carolina State Board of Nursing. Volume 14; Edition 41

  • Position Announcement (Closed)
    Posted: 2/20/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing is seeking an Investigator in the Legal Department. Applicants must have knowledge of laws and rules regulating nursing; standards of nursing practice; and related state and federal statutes.

    Primary Responsibilities
    • Investigating complaints of potential violations of the Nursing Practice Act.
    • Strong communicator (both written and verbal), with interview skills, analytical skills, and report writing skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, be self motivated, and have excellent time management skills.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with employers, licensees and attorneys, prepare investigative reports, make recommendations for case disposition and provide cogent, effective testimony in contested cases.
    • Responding to inquires related to nursing practice, consultation with employers, and preparing and conducting presentations.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with the ability to learn custom software applications.

    Applicant must be a registered nurse with a BS degree; must have been actively engaged in nursing practice for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years; must have an unencumbered license to practice nursing in North Carolina or be eligible for licensure in North Carolina. Investigation or risk management experience is highly desirable. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Fulltime position located in Board of Nursing’s Raleigh office. Valid driver’s license and travel required.

    Deadline for applications: Friday, March 16, 2018. Send letter of interest and current resume to: investigator@ncbon.com

  • 1/19 Press Release: eNLC Implemented Jan. 19, 2018
    Posted: 1/19/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) Implemented Jan. 19, 2018

    UPDATE: The eNLC was implemented on Friday, January 19, 2018 with 29 member states. Colorado and New Mexico’s governors signed their legislation the evening of January 18. As of this date, nurses with eNLC multistate licenses may begin practicing in eNLC states.

    Nurses residing in an original NLC state that also enacted the eNLC are “grandfathered” into the eNLC if they held a multistate license on July 20, 2017. Nurses who reside in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming, who wish to obtain a multistate license need to complete the compact license application on their respective board of nursing website.

    “This opens a new and exciting era for nursing licensure,” comments Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators Chair, Sue Tedford, MNSc, APRN, RN, Executive Director, Arkansas State Board of Nursing. “The eNLC not only benefits nurses with increased mobility to practice, it also increases access to care for patients. Additionally, new provisions in the eNLC enhance patient safety.”

    The eNLC allows for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states. Licensing standards are aligned in eNLC states so all nurses applying for a multistate license are required to meet the same standards, which include a federal and state criminal background check that will be conducted for all applicants for multistate licensure.

    The eNLC also enables nurses to provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses. In the event of a disaster, nurses from multiple states can easily respond to supply vital services. Additionally, almost every nurse, including primary care nurses, case managers, transport nurses, school and hospice nurses, among many others, needs to routinely cross state boundaries to provide the public with access to nursing services, and a multistate license facilitates this process.

    Boards of nursing were the first health care provider regulatory bodies to develop a model for interstate practice with the original adoption of the NLC in 1997 and its implementation in 2000. While other health care provider regulatory bodies are just getting started in this process, the NLC has been operational and successful for more than 15 years.

  • 1/15 Press Release: 15th Annual Education Summit
    Posted: 1/15/2018

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    What: 15th Annual Education Summit

    When: April 9, 2018

    Where:

    Friday Center for Continuing Education
    100 Friday Center Drive
    Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    Featuring:

    Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
    Professor and Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

    Presenting:

    Re-Envisioning Simulation to Prepare Practice-Ready Nurses

    The 2018 Education Summit will focus on simulation based learning as a way to enhance the focus of learners on quality and safety in patient care and to be better prepared for nursing practice. This discussion will be situated in the background of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Simulation Study, NCSBN Guidelines for Use of Simulation in Pre-licensure Nursing programs, North Carolina Board of Nursing and NCAC frequently asked questions. The INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation will be examined as a guide to quality simulations. Debriefing techniques will be discussed to allow attendees to consider how to facilitate reflective thinking. This day long summit will assist attendees to consider how they are currently using simulation and explore ways they can advance their use of simulation in their programs.

    Upon completion of the North Carolina Board of Nursing 15th Annual Education Summit, the participant will be able to consider ways to advance simulation-based learning in their programs and to use debriefing to facilitate reflective practitioners.

    Deadline for registration is March 31st.

    Register

  • 12/22 Press Release: eNLC Meetings & Webinars
    Posted: 12/21/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    eNLC Employer Webinar Forums

    Registration required at link below. After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

    Webinar topics:

    • Brief Presentation on enhanced NLC 
    • Grandfathering
    • Legislative Update
    • Nursys Enhancements
    • Q & A

    Dates

    Friday, December 22, 2017
    2:00 p.m. | Eastern | 1 hr.

    Friday, January 5, 2018
    3:00 p.m. | Eastern | 1 hr.

    Friday, January 19, 2018
    3:00 p.m. | Eastern | 1 hr.

    Friday, December 28, 2017
    3:00 p.m. | Eastern | 1 hr.

    Friday, January 12, 2018
    3:00 p.m. | Eastern | 1 hr.

    Friday, January 26, 2018
    3:00 p.m. | Eastern | 1 hr.

  • 12/8 Press Release: Annual Report
    Posted: 12/8/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    In accordance with § 93B-2, the Board of Nursing submits an annual report to the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee.

    2016-17 Annual Report

  • 12/1 Press Release: Board of Nursing Proposed Rule Amendments and Adoption
    Posted: 12/1/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    On November 17, 2017, the Board of Nursing approved proposed amendments to 21 NCAC 36 .0815 Reporting Criteria and proposed adoption of 21 NCAC 36 .0816 Definition of Consultation for Prescribing Controlled Substances. A public hearing will be held Friday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m. at the North Carolina Board of Nursing office located at 4516 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607.

    Persons may submit objections or public comment related to this rule by contacting:

    • Angela Ellis, APA Coordinator, Board of Nursing
      North Carolina Board of Nursing
      P.O. Box 2129
      Raleigh, NC 27602-2129
    • : (919) 781-9461
    • Public Comment - Board of Nursing

    Public comment period ends on February 3, 2018.

  • Continuing Education: What Nurses Need to Know about Informatics, Social Media, and Security!

    Continuing Education Offering: Advances in technology, telehealth, and an increasing global focus have had major impacts on the health care workforce. The purpose of this article is to provide information about current trends related to electronic information use and social networking as related to nursing practice.

  • Fall 2017 Issue of the Nursing Bulletin

    Publication of the North Carolina State Board of Nursing. Volume 14; Edition 40

  • Safe Opioid Prescribing Resources

    External Resources on Opioid Safety/Substance Use Disorder

    Educational opportunities for meeting the requirements to apply for a medication-assisted therapy waiver

  • 10/25 Press Release: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
    Posted: 10/25/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

  • 10/10 Press Release: Notice of Public Hearing Teleconference
    Posted: 10/10/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) will hold a hearing on proposed rules via teleconference at 3:00 p.m. EST on December 8, 2017.

    Interested persons may electronically submit written comments  regarding proposed rules or amendments by selecting a proposed rule.

    If electronic submission is not possible, verbal comments will be permitted at the public hearing referenced above. Teleconference participant information is available at eNLC Rules.

  • 10/4 Press Release: Board of Nursing Proposed Rule Amendments
    Posted: 10/04/2017 

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Proposed Rule Adoption

    Update! The Board of Nursing approved proposed amendments to 21 NCAC 36 .0815 Reporting Criteria on September 22, 2017 and directed staff to proceed with the rulemaking process.

    Reporting Criteria

    Reason for Proposed Amendment: Amendments to this Rule will increase the number of prescribers included in the Department of Health and Human Services report as well as provide uniform reporting criteria for Nurse Practitioners who prescribe controlled substances.

  • 10/3 Press Release: NCBON Launches New Website
    Posted: 10/03/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) has launched a completely redesigned website, NCBON.com, this Summer. The new website features enhanced navigation and a user-friendly content structure - designed to improve the quality of visitor interactions, creating a more meaningful and valuable user-experience.

    With more than 1.1 million visits and 4.2 million pageviews annually on NCBON.com, we concentrated on understanding visitor behavior through observation, analytics and feedback methodologies. Focused attention was given to how our content was organized, structured and labeled. We anticipated what visitors might need to do while on NCBON.com and ensured that the interface had elements that were easy to access, understand and use to facilitate those actions.

    What you'll love about the new website:
    • Homepage - at a glance, view Upcoming Events, Recent News and Licensure Statistics; Access the Nurse Gateway and quick links to get you where you want to go with 1-click
    • Department Overview Pages - provides a gateway to our content by giving users a quick-guide around the available content on a specific subject, featured topic or publication
    • Topics of Interest - each diverse group (Nurses, Nursing Students, Program Directors and consumers) will have their own unique section of the website that offers resources, materials and serves as a gateway to additional content
    • Widgets - access to Google translate, AccuWeather and the "I want to..." dropdown which contains quick-links to NCBON services and solutions

    We hope you find the new website refreshing and modern, user-friendly with easy access to pertinent information. We will continuously expand our online content to bring you updated and relevant information. Thank you for your valued feedback and suggestions - your input was incredibly useful in helping us make a better website. We carefully reviewed all.

  • 9/22 Press Release: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
    Posted: 9/22/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Dear Nurse,

    As you may be aware, North Carolina has passed a law to allow it to become a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The eNLC will be implemented in North Carolina on January 19, 2018. Please take a moment to read the information below about the eNLC and how it may affect your license.

    • The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is very similar to the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) our state belongs to.
    • States that are members of the eNLC will issue multistate licenses that allow you to practice physically, electronically and/or telephonically across a state border to patients located in other states that are members of the eNLC.
    • If you hold a current North Carolina multistate license, issued on or before July 20, 2017, you will be grandfathered into the eNLC and no further action is needed from you unless you move to another state.
    • As with the original NLC, if you practice in other states on your multistate license, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of the state where the patient is located.
    Here are some important changes we want you to know about:
    • The eNLC has specific licensure requirements, these are called "Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs)." As stated above, all nurses previously declaring North Carolina their home state and holding a multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC; however, if you move to another state that is a member of the eNLC, you will need to meet the ULRs in order to obtain a multistate license. Likewise, all nurses applying for licensure and declaring North Carolina their home sate will need to meet the ULRs.
    • The states that are part of the eNLC are not exactly the same as the original NLC. If you have an eNLC multistate license, you can only practice in those designated eNLC states (see https://ncsbn.org/enlc for an updated map).
    • If you need to practice in a state that is not a member of the eNLC, you need a single state license issued from that state regardless of whether you hold a multistate license.
    If you need more information:
    • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has a website (https://ncsbn.org/enlc) that will provide you with the details you need to know about this new and exciting change for licensure in your state.
    • On the website, there are numerous resources available for your use, including written information, videos and infographics.
    • The website will also lead you to our state board of nursing website that has state-specific information on it.
  • 8/28 Press Release: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
    Posted: 8/28/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) Interstate Commission Sets Jan. 19, 2018, as Implementation Date for eNLC

    On July 24, 2017, the State of North Carolina changed the way it regulates the Multistate Licensure Privilege consistent with the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) recently enacted and signed by Governor Roy Cooper. Although quite similar, the new eNLC was designed to effectively repeal and replace the existing Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), originally adopted in 1999.

    If licensed in North Carolina, a nurse may practice nursing consistent with the scope and duties of that license in this State. However, the new eNLC will affect some nurses’ ability to utilize a multistate licensure privilege currently available under the old compact (NLC). This notice is posted to provide information concerning some of the most important changes.

    Beginning January 19, 2018, the eNLC will supersede the NLC adopted in 1999. Although most of the prior NLC states have adopted the new eNLC, beginning January 19, 2018, a nurse in North Carolina will not have a multistate licensure privilege in those states which have not yet enacted the eNLC. These states include: Colorado, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. These states may join the eNLC at some time in future.

    Beginning January 19,2018, a North Carolina licensee who holds an unencumbered multistate license will have an unencumbered multistate licensure privilege in all those states which have adopted the eNLC. Those states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

    If you are a North Carolina licensee who was issued a single state license, or if you have any stipulation on your license which limits your practice to North Carolina only, you will not be eligible for a multistate license or a multistate licensure privilege.

    An applicant for North Carolina licensure must meet all the Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs) in order to have a multistate licensure privilege. The ULRs may be found here: https://www.ncsbn.org/eNLC-ULRs_031717_FINAL.pdf

    The most significant effect relative to the ULRs is that any North Carolina applicant for licensure who has been convicted of a felony, or pled guilty to a felony, will not be eligible for a multistate license under the new Compact. If they are determined to be eligible for a license in North Carolina, they will receive a single state license to practice in North Carolina only. If a nurse wishes to practice in another compact state, that nurse will be required to apply to each state to determine whether they will be eligible for a single state license to practice there based on their felony history.

    Any current licensee who receives a felony conviction, or pleads guilty to a felony after the effective date of the new compact, July 20, 2017, if still eligible to retain their license in North Carolina, will lose the multistate licensure privilege and retain only a single state license going forward. Further, any current North Carolina licensee who has a past felony conviction or pleads guilty to a felony prior to the effective date of the new compact, if eligible to retain their license in North Carolina, will be eligible to maintain a multistate licensure privilege under the new compact.

    For more information on the new eNLC visit: https://www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.htm

  • 2017 Election Results

    Results of the 2017 Election of Nurse Members to the North Carolina Board of Nursing:

  • Summer 2017 Issue of the Nursing Bulletin

    Publication of the North Carolina State Board of Nursing. Volume 13; Edition 39

  • 7/21 Press Release: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
    Posted: 7/21/2017

    North Carolina Board of Nursing


    4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

    The signing of Nursing Licensure Compact legislation by Governor Roy Cooper on July 20, 2017 triggered the establishment of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact ( eNLC), ushering in a new era of nurse licensure in the United States. North Carolina is the 26th state to pass eNLC legislation and in the planning stages that was the critical number of states selected to implement the updated compact agreement.

    The original Nurse Licensure Compact was ratified in North Carolina in 1999.  The Compact gives nurses greater mobility when making career moves and eliminated the cost of holding multiple licenses for those nurses who chose to pursue employment in other states that are also members of the Nurse Licensure Compact. 

    “Boards of nursing were the first health care regulatory bodies to develop a model for interstate licensure,“ reported Julie George, Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Nursing. “In establishing the new eNLC patient safety was of paramount importance.”

    Rep. John Szoka, of Fayetteville, championed this legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly. “This legislation is especially important in North Carolina because it allows service members and spouses who have a nursing license to more quickly enter the workforce,” said Rep. Szoka. “Also the eNLC establishes uniform licensure requirements with a higher threshold for issuing a license with a multistate privilege.” 

    To date, the North Carolina Board of Nursing has identified more than 17,600 nurses who have taken advantage of the old Compact and with the addition of more states joining the new eNLC this number is expected to grow substantially.

    Nursing board executives from the 26 states* that make up this new compact will form the eNLC Commission. The Commission’s first priority will be to adopt operational rules and set implementation dates. Once set, dates of implementation will be shared with licensed nurses and the public. More information about the eNLC will be posted on the NC Board of Nursing website in the coming weeks.

    eNCL states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

  • Policy for the use of Opiates
    Policy for the use of Opioids for the Treatment of Pain

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) believes that a fundamental component of holistic healthcare includes the appropriate evaluation and management of pain. Responsibly prescribed opioid medications may help licensees treat their patients’ pain safely and effectively while improving their quality of life. It is the duty of every licensee prescribing opioid medications to be knowledgeable of both the therapeutic benefits, risks, and potential harm associated with opioid treatment. The North Carolina Board of Nursing expects every licensee prescribing opioids for the treatment of pain to provide diagnoses, treatments, and health record documentation t consistent with the standard of care in North Carolina. The North Carolina Board of Nursing notes that a failure to provide opioid treatment consistent with the standard of care in North Carolina may subject a licensee to disciplinary action by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. 

    Section 12F.16.(a) of Session Law 2015-241 requires North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, North Carolina Board of Nursing, North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners, North Carolina Division of Public Health, North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services North Carolina Division of Public Safety (Medical, dental and mental health services)  to adopt the North Carolina Medical Board policy for the use of opioids for the treatment of pain by July 1, 2016. This decision was motivated in part by a 2014 report to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. The report concluded that North Carolina needs to strengthen its monitoring and prevention of prescription opioid abuse and specifically noted that North Carolina prescribers lack clear, authoritative standards for treating pain with prescription opioid medications.


    The North Carolina Board of Nursing and other regulatory boards have previously attempted to provide guidance regarding opioid treatment of pain to its licensees through guidance documents generated and maintained by each Board. However, in order to provide its licensees with guidance that reflects the most current research and recommended practices, the North Carolina Board of Nursing has adopted and endorsed the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain written and maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). While these guidelines do not constitute regulations or necessarily state the standard of care in North Carolina in every context, the North Carolina Board of Nursing’s believes that these guidelines can provide useful information to licensees related to the appropriate considerations to be made prior to and during treatment plans involving opioids. 

    The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm In addition to its Guideline, the CDC has also provided a number of useful clinician resources related to opioid treatment of pain covering topics such as Nonopioid Treatments, Assessing Benefits and Harms, Calculating Dosage, and Tapering. These documents can be found at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/resources.html 


    It is the North Carolina Board of Nursing's hope that familiarity with the concepts included in the documents above will help licensees provide safe and effective care for their North Carolina patients.

     
    Adopted: Sep 1996; Amended: April, 2017

  • Reporting Rule

    Controlled Substance Reporting Rule: Implications for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers

  • New Position Statements
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Requirement

    Effective July 1, 2015, the new Clinical Nurse Specialist Rules (21 NCAC 36.0228) require all Clinical Nurse Specialists to be recognized by the North Carolina Board of Nursing in order to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in North Carolina.

    Clinical Nurse Specialist Rules and Recognition Process
  • Abandonment, Neglect and Ebola

    Abandonment, Neglect and Ebola

    Nurses are questioning if the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) considers refusal to accept an assignment to care for a client with Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever to be abandonment or neglect.

    • Refusal of an assignment is not considered abandonment, nor neglect. 
    • Licensed nurses are legally mandated to accept only assignments within scope of practice and for which they:
      • are qualified and competent,
      • have adequate resources available, and
      • function within policies and procedures supportive of safe care and the prevailing standards of care.
    • Employer policies addressing refusal of assignment guide management responses and are beyond North Carolina Board of Nursing jurisdiction.

    Refer to North Carolina Board of Nursing Position Statements on Accepting Assignments and Staffing and Patient Safety (which explains Abandonment): 

    Refer to the North Carolina Division of Public Health for specific information on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.

  • Delegation of Medication Administration to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) has clarified that North Carolina nursing laws and rules permit the Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to delegate the  technical task of medication administration to the Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP).

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses: New North Carolina Medical Board Policy on the Use of Opioid Medication for the Treatment of Pain

    At the North Carolina Medical Board's May 2014 meeting, a new Policy on the use of Opioid Medications for the Treatment of Pain was adopted. The effective date is June 1, 2014. The policy provides guidelines and information regarding the expectations for patient management.

  • First in Nursing, A Journey of Regulatory Excellence

    First in Nursing, A Journey of Regulatory Excellence: The North Carolina Board of Nursing 1903-2013 is a book about the history of the Board of Nursing, by Shirley P. Toney, RN, Ph.D.

  • Nurse Practitioner Rule Changes
    Refresher Course Requirement and Prescribing Rule

    Refresher Course Requirement

    Effective January 1, 2013, the time out of practice before a Nurse Practitioner is required to complete a refresher course will decrease from 5 years to 2 years. Therefore, effective January 1, 2013, Nurse Practitioners who have been out of practice for greater than two years will be required to complete the Board approved Nurse Practitioner refresher course before they can be approved to practice.

    Nurse Practitioner Refresher Course Proposed Rule and Requirements

    Prescribing Rule (New Nurse Practitioner Rule Effective December 1, 2012)

    Effective December 1, 2012, Nurse Practitioners shall not prescribe controlled substances, as defined by the State and Federal Controlled Substances Acts, for the Nurse Practitioner's own use or that of a Nurse Practitioner's Supervising Physician; or that of a member of the Nurse Practitioner's immediate family, which shall mean a spouse, parent, child, sibling, parent-in-law, son or daughter-in-law, brother or sister-in-law, step-parent, step-child, step-siblings, or any other person living in the same residence as the licensee; or anyone with whom the Nurse Practitioner is having a sexual relationship or has a significant emotional relationship.

    Prescribing Rule

  • Nurse Practitioner Position Statement

    New Position Statement on Nurse Practitioners and Board Certification approved by Joint Subcommittee.

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Advisory Committee Final Report to Board

    The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Advisory Committee presented the final report to the Board at the September 2011 Board meeting.

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