Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

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NCLEX INFORMATION

Please check the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) FAQ page for the most recent updates on the Pearson Vue COVID-19 updates at ncsbn.org

In accordance with LAC 46: XLVII § 1705, any out-of-state nurse may practice in Louisiana provided the nurse holds a current license in good standing in their home state. Therefore, any out-of-state nurse with a license in good standing is not required to hold a Louisiana license in order to practice nursing in a disaster relief effort operation setting.

If you are a graduate of a board approved Louisiana practical nursing program that has not taken your NCLEX exam, you may be issued a temporary permit to enter the workforce in accordance with LAC 46: XLVII § 1705 A. You get more information by going to your nurse portal.

Anyone that has held a Louisiana license that is on inactive status, retired or delinquent may apply for renewal of your license by contacting tammyd@lsbpne.com.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE LPNS THAT ARE SACRIFICING EVERYTHING FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC!YOUR DEDICATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

COVID-19

The Louisiana Board of Practical Nurse Examiners is closely monitoring the ongoing spread and impact of the novel COVID-19 "coronavirus" and are prepared to assist licensees during this time. In accordance with the Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor of Louisiana, the board is extending any required deadline until April 13, 2020.

 

The board will still require licensees to follow all Louisiana laws and rules although certain requirements MAY be excused on a case by case basis if the board is unable to continue normal operations which is not anticipated at this time.

 

As the effects of the outbreak change, the board will issue further guidance. Thank you for the role you play in ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of Louisiana.

Emergency Temporary Permit

Temporary disaster permits are being issued due to the state of emergency declared by Governor John Bell Edwards. In order for the permit to be issued, you must hold a current, unencumbered license in another state of the United States. Go here to apply.

During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic all temporary permits will be continually extended as needed.

Louisiana State Police Headquarters will be taking fingerprints for nursing background checks

The Louisiana State Police Headquarters will be taking fingerprints for nursing background checks on Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  This applies for initial applicants, applicants by endorsement, and current licensees who are required to submit to a background check for reasons of renewal of license, multi-state license application, refresher course eligibility, and disciplinary action.  To apply at LSP headquarters, you will need the signed Authorization form and Rap Disclosure form,  and payment will be handled by money order, as usual.  Your fingerprints will be submitted electronically.  The state police will provide the results electronically to the board.

 

You may find the appropriate forms and instructions on our “Forms” page at our website, www.lsbpne.com.

 

Office Hours

The LSBPNE will remain operational during the coronavirus outbreak. The following changes are being implemented beginning March 16, 2020 through April 13, 2020.

 

For the safety of our employees and the public, LSBPNE is temporarily closed to visitors with the exception of the US Mail, FedEx, UPS or other delivery personnel only.

 

NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT

Louisiana became the 31st state in the nation to enact the Nurse Licensure Compact.  As of July 1, 2019, the form to apply for a multistate license will be available in the nurse portal.

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