How come my license expires in 1 year?

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    Hello,
    I took the NCLEX on July 2011. (North Carolina)
    On the Board of Nursing site, it says that my license will expire at 08/31/2012. (August is my birth month)

    My question is, how come my license expires in just ONE year?
    Isn't the license supposed to be active for 2 years after licensure?

    Do I have to click the 'renew' option on BoN and pay to have it extended to the full 2 years?
    Or is the license supposed to expire in 1 year?

    Thank you very much.
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    Some nursing boards are different. In Utah, the RN license expires at the end of every January of odd years and the LPN license expires at the end of every January of even years. It doesn't matter when you took your boards - maybe your state has something similar.
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    You have entered the renewal period mid-cycle. You apparently will renew in 1 year and subsequent renewals will be be q 2 years
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    nc bon states:

    [color=#004478]for initial licensure, licensure may be for less than two (2) years in order to place the expiration on the birth month.
    http://www.ncbon.com/content.aspx?id=226
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    Ah.... does that mean that my license would have been for 2 years if I took the test on August?

    ...Now I have to do 30 CE Hours in 1 year less time while in school
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    In my state (MN . My first time licensure for was one year just because I was supposed to be on the odd years and took NCLEX on a even year in the same month as my birthdate but they cut the CEUS in half being that it was for only one year. (12 instead of 24). Also, if you are still going to be taking classes, check with your board to see if it qualifies for CEU'S. Here, every three credit nursing class is worth 10 CEU's

    Congrats on your new license!
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    Some BON's waive the CE requirement until the first renewal, some prorate them (15 per year x2 year renewal =30 CEU's, so you may only need to do 15CE hours) and some will allow your schooling to count towards the CE requirement. You are a licensed professional now with professional responsibilities. Take some time and actually read your BON rules.
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    Quote from cometnurse
    In my state (MN . My first time licensure for was one year just because I was supposed to be on the odd years and took NCLEX on a even year in the same month as my birthdate but they cut the CEUS in half being that it was for only one year. (12 instead of 24). Also, if you are still going to be taking classes, check with your board to see if it qualifies for CEU'S. Here, every three credit nursing class is worth 10 CEU's

    Congrats on your new license!
    Thank you.
    Yes, they take nursing-related classes as CE -which I will surely do if I gain entry into the program
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    Quote from bsnanat2
    Some BON's waive the CE requirement until the first renewal, some prorate them (15 per year x2 year renewal =30 CEU's, so you may only need to do 15CE hours) and some will allow your schooling to count towards the CE requirement. You are a licensed professional now with professional responsibilities. Take some time and actually read your BON rules.
    Thanks for the input.
    I'll read the rules thoroughly
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    Quote from RNSu
    Ah.... does that mean that my license would have been for 2 years if I took the test on August?

    ...Now I have to do 30 CE Hours in 1 year less time while in school
    Maybe not. In my state we don't need CE the first renewal and as a new nurse, there is a ton of stuff to get CE for: I'm almost a year in and have close to 60 CEUs from PALS, my trauma class, our hospital's child abuse training, etc. If you're taking nursing classes those might count too.


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