Department of State: Division of Professional Regulation: Board of Nursing

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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How do I become a Certified Nursing Assistant?
  2. Do I need a job offer to receive a temporary permit?
  3. How long is a temporary permit good for?
  4. Do the same rules apply for graduate nurses in regard to temporary permits?
  5. What is a Compact State?
  6. I am a new graduate. How do the Compact State rules affect me?
  7. How many contact hours of continuing education do I need to renew my RN or LPN license?
  8. I am applying to another state for RN/LPN licensure. They require verification of my DE license. What do I need to do?
  9. I am a new graduate who has submitted my application to both Delaware and the testing company. When will I receive my approval to test (ATT)?
  10. I was unsuccessful at taking the NCLEX. How often can I re-take the test?
  11. What is the cost of a license?
  12. I held a nursing license that has since lapsed. How do I reinstate it?
  13. I am a new graduate from an advanced nursing program (nurse practitioner, clinical nursing specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist). Can I get a permit to practice before I am certified?
  14. I was licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse. However, I do not meet the practice requirement of 600 hours in the past two years or 1500 hours in the past five years. How do I reinstate licensure?
  15. Describe the collaborative agreement that APN's are required to have in order to practice.
  16. Can an APN have prescriptive authority while practicing with a temporary permit?
  17. How long is the temporary permit for APN's? How many permits can be issued?
  18. Does an APN need an established collaborative agreement to apply for prescriptive authority?
  19. Who offers refresher courses for nurses?
  20. Do I have to have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) to apply for a Nursing license?
  21. How do I place my Nursing license on inactive status?
  22. What constitutes patient abandonment?
  23. Can a hospital or other employer receive notification when nurses that it employs are disciplined or their licenses expire?
  24. Am I allowed to take the licensure exam if my undergraduate nursing education did not include the required hours of clinical experience?
  25. Can I be licensed by endorsement if my prelicensure program within the past two years did not include the required minimum hours of clinical experience - 200 hours in an LPN program and 400 hours in an RN program?
  26. If I am applying for licensure by endorsement, do I have to meet a practice hour requirement?

Question: How do I become a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Answer: Contact the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection at (302) 577-6661 or visit the division’s website.

 

Question: Do I need a job offer to receive a temporary permit?

Answer: Yes. The Board office must verify position offered. The Temporary Permit Fee as well as the application processing fee must accompany your application.

 

Question: How long is a temporary permit good for?

Answer: A permit can be extended for a total of six months. The first period is 90 days, then 60, then 30. You can use the permit only at the facility indicated on your application. Your permit will be mailed; you cannot pick it up at the Board office.

 

Question: Do the same rules apply for graduate nurses in regard to temporary permits?

Answer: No. In addition to a job offer and temporary permit fee, proof of meeting the educational requirements for your degree is required. The permit is valid for up to 90 days from the date your degree was awarded. However, the permit expires if you are unsuccessful on the NCLEX.

 

Question: What is a Compact State?

Answer: For FAQs about compact, or multi-state, licenses, click Compact (Multi-State) Licensure.

 

Question: I am a new graduate. How do the Compact State rules affect me?

Answer: See NLC Information for New Grads pdf.

 

Question: How many contact hours of continuing education do I need to renew my RN or LPN license?

Answer: The number of hours depends on whether you are an RN or LPN, when your Delaware license was issued and how you were licensed.

IF your license was issued by this method:

AND IF you’ve had your Delaware license…

THEN you need this number of hours:

examination

less than two years

0 – you don’t need any CE for the first renewal only

two or more years

RN – 30

LPN – 24

endorsement or reinstatement

less than one year

0 – you don’t need any CE for the first renewal only

at least one year but less than two years

RN – 15

LPN – 12

two or more years

RN – 30

LPN – 24

All RNs and LPNs must complete three hours of CE in the area of substance abuse. For full information about the CE requirements, see Section 9.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

 

Question: I am applying to another state for RN/LPN licensure. They require verification of my DE license. What do I need to do?

Answer: If you are an RN or LPN, ask your state for the NurSys form or go to NCSBN License Verification to complete the process online. Delaware does not issue written verifications for RNs and LPNs. If you are an Advanced Practice Nurse, see License Verification.

 

Question: I am a new graduate who has submitted my application to both Delaware and the testing company. When will I receive my approval to test (ATT)?

Answer: If your application is in order, the Board office will make you eligible to test when the official transcript from your school arrives.

 

Question: I was unsuccessful at taking the NCLEX. How often can I re-take the test?

Answer: You may re-apply to take the NCLEX up to eight times per year for five years.

 

Question: What is the cost of a license?

Answer: See Fee Schedule.

 

Question: I held a nursing license that has since lapsed. How do I reinstate it?

Answer: Complete the Application for Reinstatement. If you were an RN, you must submit proof of 30 hours of continuing education along with the application form and fee. If you were an LPN, submit proof of 24 hours of continuing education.

 

Question: I am a new graduate from an advanced nursing program (nurse practitioner, clinical nursing specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist). Can I get a permit to practice before I am certified?

Answer: Yes. Click Temporary APN Permit.

 

Question: I was licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse. However, I do not meet the practice requirement of 600 hours in the past two years or 1500 hours in the past five years. How do I reinstate licensure?

Answer: Submit the Application for Reinstatement, a letter requesting a temporary permit, a letter from your potential supervising APN or physician and the job description for the Board to review at its next meeting.

 

Question: Describe the collaborative agreement that APN’s are required to have in order to practice.

Answer: A collaborative agreement describes the process for consultation and referral of clients. The three kinds of collaborative agreement are:

  • job description
  • clinical privileges
  • written agreement with a Delaware-licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist or licensed health care facility.

 

Question: Can an APN have prescriptive authority while practicing with a temporary permit?

Answer: No. Applications for prescriptive authority cannot be processed before licensure.

 

Question: How long is the temporary permit for APN’s? How many permits can be issued?

Answer: Each permit is for ninety days. Permits can be issued for a period of two years.

 

Question: Does an APN need an established collaborative agreement to apply for prescriptive authority?

Answer: Yes.

 

Question: Who offers refresher courses for nurses?

Answer: See DE Nursing Programs.

LPN’s - Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus

 

Question: Do I have to have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) to apply for a Nursing license?

Answer: If you have been issued a U.S. SSN, you must enter it on your license application. Your license will not be issued until you provide your SSN. However, if you have never been issued a U.S. SSN, you must submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement. If you are later issued a U.S. SSN, you should report it to the Board office.

 

Question: How do I place my Nursing license on inactive status?

Answer: See How to Request Inactive Status or Reactivate.

 

Question: What constitutes patient abandonment?

Answer: In general, patient abandonment means that a nurse

  • accepts a patient assignment, which establishes a nurse-patient relationship, and then
  • disengages the nurse-patient relationship without giving reasonable notice or reporting to a qualified person (such as a supervisor or nurse) so that continuation of the patient’s nursing care could be arranged.

Note that acceptance of a patient assignment varies from setting to setting and requires a clear understanding of workload and the agreement to provide care.

Examples of patient abandonment include, but are not limited to:

  • Leaving without giving the supervisor or qualified person adequate notice
  • Leaving without reporting to a qualified person
  • Accepting a patient care assignment and then leaving the nursing unit or patient care setting without notifying a qualified person

Some situations are not considered patient abandonment because they involve employer-employee or contract issues (such as salary, work conditions, or hiring and termination policies) over which the Board has no jurisdiction. Examples of these situations include:

  • Not showing up for work or not calling in
  • Refusing to accept an assignment or a nurse-patient relationship
  • Refusing to work mandatory overtime
  • Refusing to work additional hours or shifts
  • Ending the employer-employee relationship without giving the employer a period of time to obtain replacement staff for that specific position
  • Refusing to work in an unfamiliar, specialized, or “high tech” area when there has been no orientation, educational preparation or employment experience
  • Resigning from a position without fulfilling the remaining posted work schedule
  • Refusing to “float” to an unfamiliar unit to accept a full patient assignment

 

Question: Can a hospital or other employer receive notification when nurses that it employs are disciplined or their licenses expire?

Answer: If you represent an institution or other nurse employer, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing offers a service that will notify you by email about license status changes (e.g., expirations) and disciplinary actions against RNs and LPNs that you employ. The information comes from NurSys, a national database which receives its data from participating boards of nursing nationwide, including the Delaware Board of Nursing. For more information about this service, click

NurSys

 

Question: Am I allowed to take the licensure exam if my undergraduate nursing education did not include the required hours of clinical experience?

Answer: No. Section 2.4.1.7.4 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations requires nursing programs to include minimum hours of clinical experience. To take the NCLEX-PN, your LPN program must include at least 200 hours. To take the NCLEX-RN, your RN program must include at least 400 hours. In addition, Section 2.4.1.7.2 requires both LPN and RN programs to include concurrent or correlated theory and clinical practice in the physical and/or mental health care of individuals of all ages, the nursing care of mothers and newborns, children, adults, the aged, individuals with mental health problems, and individuals in diverse settings, not necessarily in separate courses.

 

Question: Can I be licensed by endorsement if my prelicensure program within the past two years did not include the required minimum hours of clinical experience - 200 hours in an LPN program and 400 hours in an RN program?

Answer: It is determined on an individual basis. Your application would be presented to the Board for a decision regarding an appropriate action.

 

Question: If I am applying for licensure by endorsement, do I have to meet a practice hour requirement?

Answer: Yes. If you are applying for an RN or LPN license by endorsement, you must have practiced 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the past two years. If you have not practiced the required hours, the Board may consider alternate methods of evaluating your current knowledge in professional and practical nursing.

 



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Last Updated: Thursday, 22-May-2014 15:59:50 EDT
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