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Letting Public Health Nurse Certificate Lapse...

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by CSUSM10 CSUSM10 (Member)

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I am in the process of renewing my RN license for this 2 year cycle.  As of last year, it looks like the PHN Certificate application is now $300.  I currently hold this certificate as I was granted it when I initially obtained my RN license.  

If I choose to let the PHN lapse (due to cost), can I come back later and readd it by just paying the fee?  Or will I need to reapply, get transcripts, etc.?  Thanks.

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RNKPCE works as a RN.

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I got mine 30+ years ago without any extra effort on my part. Never paid a dime to keep it. I let mine lapse when I saw the cost at my last renewal. Other people I graduated with that I still keep in contact with let theirs lapse as well.  You have to look at your individual circumstances but I have no intention to have a job where I need a Public Health Nurse certificate. I know I don't need it if I were  to do home care in California in the future. Nor do I want to pay $300 every two years. 

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Is there a penalty for not renewing it and letting it lapse?

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RNKPCE works as a RN.

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I don't know the answer for sure but I renewed last fall and no penalty. I don't think most graduates even get that certificate when they graduate anymore. I don't know the ramifications if for some reason you want to get it back. For me it was a non issue

 

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RNKPCE works as a RN.

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Also it is only $125 a year to renew the PHN certificate. $187 if delinquent

 

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It's $300 to renew the PHN, price went up this year.

 

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