NEWS on NCLEX and US Healthcare Practioners

January 2024

          "Fee Increase
Effective January 1, 2024, the CGFNS has raised its application fees."
         "Fee Increase
Effective January 1, 2024, Alabama has raised its application fees."
         "KSBN Office Closed
The KSBN office will be closed on January 8th and 9th, 2024 due to inclement weather."
         "Office Closure
LSBN will be closed on the following dates in observance of state holidays:

Monday, January 8 in observance of Inauguration Day
Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
We apologize for any inconvenience."
         "Changes To The Cultural Competency CEU Requirement as of January 2024
During the 82nd legislative session (February-June 2023), the legislature enacted AB 267 which changes the requirements relating to the training in cultural competency. As you know, in 2021, the legislature enacted a mandatory requirement of 2 continuing education hours (CEUs) in cultural competency. AB 267 NOW REQUIRES THAT NURSES COMPLETE 4 HOURS OF CULTURAL COMPETENCY INSTEAD OF 2 HOURS EACH RENEWAL CYCLE."
         "Pennsylvania Criminal History Check
Pennsylvania Criminal History Checks will no longer be automatically submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police as part of the application process. For applicants living, working, or completing training/studies in Pennsylvania, you must obtain a Pennsylvania background check directly through the Pennsylvania State Police at On the application, select ""Pennsylvania ("" in the list of states where you have been located, and upload a copy of the completed background check."
         Renewal 2024
Registration renewal starts on February 1, 2024.

Important: Last day of renewal and statutory holidays
Registration renewal will end on Sunday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m. Due to statutory holidays, BCCNM offices will be closed on Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1. While the renewal system will remain open until the registration renewal period closes, there will be no BCCNM staff available from March 29-April 1 to assist you with renewal questions or technical challenges.  
We strongly recommend completing your renewal before March 22 to ensure your renewal is finalized well in advance of the office closure. If you do not complete your renewal before the deadline, your registration will expire. You will need to apply to reinstate your registration ($265+GST) in addition to paying your registration fees. If you work without registration, you will not be covered for liability protection while unregistered and you will be subject to an additional $375+GST surcharge.
         New Code of Ethics for LPNs Effective January 2, 2024
Effective January 2, 2024, the NSCN Board approved the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators’ (CCPNR) ‘Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses’ to be adopted in Nova Scotia. The new code of ethics will replace the existing document that was established in 2013.

The Code of Ethics articulates the ethical values and responsibilities that LPNs uphold and are accountable to and it is reflective of feedback provided by LPNs across Canada and Nova Scotia. It guides LPNs’ ethical reflections and decision-making across all areas of practice and informs the public about the ethical values and responsibilities of the LPN profession.

There are six fundamental principles identified in the 2023 ‘Code of Ethics for Practical Nurses’, which must be fully understood and upheld by LPNs in Nova Scotia. They are as follows:

LPNs promote optimal health and well-being.
LPNs provide care that is physically, psychologically, and culturally safe.
LPNs provide and advocate for client dignity, autonomy, and self-determination.
LPNs develop therapeutic relationships while maintain professional boundaries.
LPNs maintain their well-being.
LPNs contribute to a healthy practice environment.
The Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses also includes helpful definitions and a comprehensive resource to support ethical decision-making and questions for reflection in support of LPN practice.

Finally, NSCN would like to thank the many LPNs in Nova Scotia who provided feedback during the consultation phase in 2022 for helping to shape the 2023 ‘Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses’.
         "Office Closure - Inclement Weather
LSBN will be closed Tuesday, January 16, 2024 due to inclement weather.   We apologize for any inconvenience."
         Online Payment Portal for the NMI Board of Nursing
The NMI Board of Nursing is pleased to advise all applicants and the public that, effective January 13, 2024, Chamorro Standard Time (ChST), we have transitioned to an online payment solution.

Please see below portal as part of this implementation, also accessible through the Payment Portal button on the website header:

NMI Board of Nursing – Official PayCNMI
Please reference the guide: Submitting a Payment through the Online Payment Portal for any clarifications on the payment process.

Should there be any issues, please utilize the NMI Board of Nursing’s online contact form, accessible online at Contact Us. Please then select Payment as the Inquiry Type.

Thank you all for your cooperation and support in this transition period.

NOTE: A 5% online convenience fee will apply to all online payments.
        WA multistate license application opens Jan. 31, 2024
Starting Jan. 31, 2024, nurses whose primary state of residence (PSOR) is Washington will be able to apply for a multistate license.

This is a milestone for Washington as we complete our NLC implementation plan.

We will share more details and information over the next few weeks.

What do nurses need to know?
Starting Jan. 31, 2024, nurses whose primary state of residence is Washington state, will be able to apply for a multistate license (MSL).
You must complete an FBI background check as part the application process. (We will email you instructions after you apply.)
We expect the MSL application review process to take 2 to 3 weeks.
Don't try to apply for an MSL before Jan. 31, to avoid additional nonrefundable licensing fees.
Our new application process will make it easier and quicker to get a multistate license to practice in multiple states.