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Pennsylvania Suspends Some Nurse Licensing Requirements to Aid Coronavirus Response

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Multiple changes to license/permit end date extensions posted along with expansion of CRNP's to practice outside their specialty to help with COVID19 response. Karen

Pennsylvania Suspends Some Nurse Licensing Requirements to Aid Coronavirus Response

https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=376

  • .."We are taking this action to ensure that Pennsylvania has plenty of nurses available to treat patients and that these nurses do not have to worry about renewing their licenses while responding to COVID-19," Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. "This measure also frees more than 14,000 nurse practitioners to be more flexible in meeting public-health needs in the weeks to come."
  • ...Registered Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) and Certified Nurse Specialists (CNS) can continue to care for patients if their licenses are currently "in renewal" and set to expire on April 30, 2020. These licenses will be extended for an additional three months until July 31, 2020...s
  • More than 14,000 CRNPs can practice to their full capabilities and assist in the COVID-19 response without the usual requirement that they practice within a specific clinical specialty. They also are allowed to prescribe drugs outside the established formulary.