Nursing Commission

 
 
 

Notice to graduates of nursing education programs:

The qualifications for licensure as a practical nurse, registered nurse, and advance practice registered nurse are determined by the Nursing Commission and set forth in the Revised Code of Washington and the Washington Administrative Code. RCW 18.79.160 Minimum qualifications to be licensed include successful completion of a Commission approved nursing education program or a program that is equivalent to Commission approved nursing education in Washington State at the time of graduation as determined by the commission. WAC 246-840-025, WAC 246-840-030, and WAC 246-840-090.

The Washington State Nursing Commission has determined that graduates of the following schools do not meet minimum requirements for licensure in the state of Washington:

Name Location Date of Decision

Siena College of Health Lauderhill, FL 1/14/22

Carleen Health Institute West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

& Plantation, FL

Carleen Health Institute II West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

& Plantation, FL

Carleen Health Institute of South Florida West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

& Plantation, FL

Palm Beach School of Nursing West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

The Washington State Nursing Commission has determined that these schools are neither Commission approved nursing education programs nor equivalent to Commission approved nursing education in Washington. As a result, graduates of these institutions do not meet minimum qualification for licensure in the state of Washington at this time.

Graduates from these programs who are applying for licensure in the state of Washington are encouraged to consider the Commission's findings. Application fees are non-refundable.

Nurse Licensure Process During the State of Emergency

DOH customer service counter

The DOH Health Systems Quality Assurance customer service counter will re-open for limited services effective March 15, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Limited services include payment collection and document drop off only. Payments and credentialing documents can also be deposited in the drop box outside of our counter location. It will be checked daily. Applications and renewals can be completed online. Contact our call center at 360-236-4703 for additional assistance, if needed.

How to reach us

We are available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. You may reach us by phone at 360-236-4703, or via email.

COVID-19 may affect our hours of operation. Changes will be announced on our homepage.

Please do not contact us to check the status of an application or to request that we expedite an application. Instead, we ask that you check the status of your pending license on the Department of Health's Provider Credential Search. Healthcare facilities are communicating directly with the Nursing Commission regarding expediting applications for COVID-19 response.

Apply for or renew a license
Emergency interim permits

When a nursing student has graduated from a nursing program and before they take the national exam (for LPNs, RNs and ARNPs), they can apply for licensure following the online process (PDF). After the college/university sends the certificate of completion confirming completion of the program, the licensing unit has received the official transcripts, and the applicant has registered for the national examination, licensing staff can issue an emergency interim permit allowing the applicant to work as a nurse during the declared emergency. When testing is available again, nurse applicants are required to take the national exam to complete the process for permanent licensing.

Check the Status of an Application

You can check the status of your application Nursing Licensing page or check the status of your pending license on the Department of Health's Provider Credential Search. A customer service representative will email you detailed instructions if anything is missing from your application. Healthcare facilities are communicating directly with the Nursing Commission regarding expediting applications for COVID-19 response.

Other Important Topics

Nursing Commission statement on COVID-19 misinformation

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission supports Federation of State Medical Boards' statement released on July 29, 2021 regarding COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

NCQAC expands this statement to include nurses in Washington State and does not limit this perspective to vaccines but broadly applies this standard to all misinformation regarding COVID-19 treatments and preventive measures such as masking. Nurses who generate and spread COVID-19 misinformation, or disinformation, erode the public trust in the nursing profession and endangers patients.

Notice to out-of-state graduates of nursing education programs

Notice to graduates of nursing education programs:

The qualifications for licensure as a practical nurse, registered nurse, and advance practice registered nurse are determined by the Nursing Commission and set forth in the Revised Code of Washington and the Washington Administrative Code. RCW 18.79.160 Minimum qualifications to be licensed include successful completion of a Commission approved nursing education program or a program that is equivalent to Commission approved nursing education in Washington State at the time of graduation as determined by the commission. WAC 246-840-025, WAC 246-840-030, and WAC 246-840-090.

The Washington State Nursing Commission has determined that graduates of the following schools do not meet minimum requirements for licensure in the state of Washington:

Name Location Date of Decision

Siena College of Health Lauderhill, FL 1/14/22

Carleen Health Institute West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

& Plantation, FL

Carleen Health Institute II West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

& Plantation, FL

Carleen Health Institute of South Florida West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

& Plantation, FL

Palm Beach School of Nursing West Palm Beach, FL 1/14/22

The Washington State Nursing Commission has determined that these schools are neither Commission approved nursing education programs nor equivalent to Commission approved nursing education in Washington. As a result, graduates of these institutions do not meet minimum qualification for licensure in the state of Washington at this time.

Graduates from these programs who are applying for licensure in the state of Washington are encouraged to consider the Commission's findings. Application fees are non-refundable.

Fraud alert

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) was recently notified of a national scam in which fraudulent documents are sent to nurses that appear to be official requests for your private information. This information may include your social security number, credit card information, or other personal information. These requests appear on letterhead that is similar to letterhead from NCQAC (note: in Washington state the board of nursing is NCQAC, so be suspicious of anything from the “state board of nursing”).

As a reminder, the commission will never call a nurse, nurse applicant, or anyone else requesting personal information. Please be wary of these scam calls and do not provide personal information over the phone to anyone you do not know or trust.

If you receive a suspicious call or letter, please contact the Washington State Office of the Attorney General at 360.753.6200 or visit their website. You can also file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office.

New release: AG Ferguson warns medical providers to beware of scams claiming that their medical license has been suspended

If you have a question about your nursing credential, you can contact an NCQAC customer service representative at 360-236-4703.

Washington State Nursing Jurisprudence Module 3.0 now available

We're excited to announce a new and improved Washington State Nursing Jurisprudence Module! Developed in partnership with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Course information

Nurse Practice Act - Washington v3.0 online course

  • Examine the laws and rules for nursing practice that govern nursing licensure
  • 2.0 continuing education hours
  • $15

This course is useful for:

  • recent nurse graduates
  • nurses interested in learning about nursing laws and regulations in Washington State
  • nurses looking to get continuing education hours

Course objectives

  • State the purpose of the Washington state nursing laws and regulations.
  • Discuss the role of the Nursing Commission.
  • Describe Commission resources for impaired practitioners.
  • Understand and apply the scope of practice decision tree in your practice setting.

You must register with NCSBN to take the course. Visit Nurse Practice Act - Washington v3.0 online course to get started.

Take course

Clarification of opioid prescribing rules

The Department of Health filed an interpretive statement titled Clarification of Opioid Prescribing Rules (PDF), with the Office of the Code Reviser on September 20, 2019, as WSR 19-20-063. This interpretive statement is a joint communication from Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer, and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Podiatric Medical Board, and the Washington Medical Commission. The purpose of the joint communication is to help practitioners better understand the existing opioid prescribing rules.

All nurses licensed in Washington must provide workforce data

Choose which scenario applies to your situation and follow the instructions.

Completing the workforce data after your initial licensure

New applicants must complete two surveys.

The Nursing Commission issues the license when all requirements are satisfied. You will then complete the two surveys using your license number.

  1. New applicants must complete the Nursing Commission Workforce survey after receiving their license number.
    This survey needs to be completed only one time, with your new license. When you finish this survey, you will be re-directed to the Nursys® e-Notify survey.
  2. New applicants use their new license number to register and complete their survey at Nursys® e-Notify.

See the Executive Director's article for more information and instructions on how to complete the new workforce data requirement (PDF).

Completing the workforce data when you renew your license

To renew your license, you must complete two surveys:

  1. Nursing Commission Workforce survey.
    This survey needs to be completed only one time, with your 2018 renewal. When you complete this survey, you will be re-directed to the Nursys® e-Notify survey.
  2. Register and complete your information at Nursys®e-Notify.
    You must enter this survey as a nurse. Do not enter the survey as an institution. Every year when you renew your license, you must review and update your information as needed.

See the Executive Director's article for more information and instructions on how to complete the new workforce data requirement (PDF).

Long-term care workforce development
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Frequently Visited

Submit changes to your contact information

It is your responsibility to maintain updated contact information with the department. We are not responsible if you do not receive notices related to your license. You may use these instructions (PDF) to update your contact information online. We cannot accept contact information updates over the phone.

Submit a name change

In order to complete a name change you must send us the following information:

  • The correct legal documentation:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Naturalization document
    • Legal name change document signed by a judge
  • Your credential (license) number
  • How you would like your name to appear

If you are missing any of the information listed above, we will not be able to complete your name change request. You can submit your information via fax at 360-236-4738 or by email.

File a complaint about a nurse

Use this form if:

  • you need to file a complaint or report about a(n):
    • Registered Nurse (RN),
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN),
    • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), or
    • Nursing Technician
  • you are a nurse who needs to self report

Looking for a different complaint form?

See this webpage if you need to file a complaint about another profession

File a complaint about a nursing education or nursing assistant training program

Use this form if you need to file a complaint about one of the following nursing programs:

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Master of Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing (MN and MSN)
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Refresher
  • Registered Nurse (Associate Degree Nursing - ADN)
  • Registered Nurse (Bachelor of Science in Nursing - BSN)
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Other

Looking for a different complaint form?

See this webpage if you need to file a complaint about another profession.

Schedule an educational presentation with a nurse consultant

Facilities and organizations may use this form to request on-site and live webinar presentations from the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. We will provide a certification of contact hours for each presentation we give. We recommend a minimum of 30 participants for each presentation.

Vaccination is still the best protection against flu

Flu is serious and affects many people in Washington each year, so healthcare providers should keep emphasizing the importance of flu vaccine. Find more flu information for healthcare professionals on our flu webpages.

 

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