4723-7-09 Licensure renewal.

(A) Licenses shall be renewed as required by section 4723.24 of the Revised Code. Licensure renewal applications, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (registered nursing renewal application revised March 2013 and licensed practical nursing renewal application revised January 2012), may require the licensee to provide nursing practice, education, and demographic information relevant to the public interest. Data provided by licensees shall be used only in aggregate form for the purposes of research and public information. The entire licensure renewal application, including requested data, shall be completed to satisfy the requirements of the renewal procedure.

(B) The board shall provide access to an on-line renewal application or provide a paper application, both located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (registered nursing renewal application revised March 2013 and licensed practical nursing renewal application revised January 2012), for renewal to every holder of a current, valid license, except when the board is aware that the individual may be ineligible for license renewal for any reason, including those reasons set forth in section 4723.24 of the Revised Code or section 4723.092 of the Revised Code. Failure of the licensee to receive an application for renewal from the board does not excuse the licensee from the requirements of section 4723.24 of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(C) If a completed renewal application is not postmarked, renewed on-line, or otherwise received by the board before July first of odd numbered years for registered nurses, or July first of even numbered years for licensed practical nurses, in order to renew the applicant shall pay a late processing fee of fifty dollars according to division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code. The late processing fee is in addition to the renewal fee required by division (A)(9) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code. Failure to pay the late processing fee and license renewal fee prior to September first of the applicable renewal year will cause the license to lapse, according to division (A) of section 4723.24 of the Revised Code.

(D) A licensee, with a current, valid license, who does not intend to practice nursing in Ohio may request the license be placed on inactive status :

(1) At time of renewal, by checking the appropriate box on the licensure renewal application that indicates the licensee wants to place the license on inactive status; or

(2) At any time, by submitting to the board a written statement requesting that the license be placed on inactive status.

(E) A registered nurse who does not renew a license to practice nursing on or before August thirty-first of odd numbered years and who has not requested inactive status according to paragraph (D) of this rule, shall have a lapsed license.

(F) A licensed practical nurse who does not renew a license to practice nursing on or before August thirty-first of even numbered years and who has not requested inactive status according to paragraph (D) of this rule, shall have a lapsed license.

(G) A licensee who continues to practice nursing in Ohio with an inactive or lapsed license shall be subject to disciplinary action under section 4723.28 of the Revised Code.

(H) To reactivate an inactive license or reinstate a lapsed license, the licensee must submit:

(1) A completed licensure renewal, reinstatement or reactivation application, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised April 2013), and all required information;

(2) Verification of completion of continuing education in accordance with Chapter 4723-14 of the Administrative Code; and

(3) Payment of the applicable fees required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code.

(I) A licensee who placed a license on inactive status according to paragraph (D) of this rule on or after July first of the year in which the license is to be renewed, and who then notifies the board on or before August thirty-first of the same renewal year of the intent to reactivate the license, must still pay the late processing fee required by division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code and paragraph (C) of this rule.

(J) When a license to practice nursing as a registered nurse is issued by the board on or after March first of an odd numbered year, that license shall be current through August thirty-first of the next odd numbered year.

(K) When a license to practice nursing as a practical nurse is issued by the board on or after March first of an even numbered year, that license shall be current through August thirty-first of the next even numbered year.

(L) When a certificate of authority is issued by the board in accordance with Chapter 4723-8 of the Administrative Code on or after March first of an odd numbered year, that certificate shall be current through August thirty-first of the next odd numbered year.

(M) A licensee , who submits a renewal application on July first or later, or whose license lapsed, due to the licensee's service in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, shall be eligible for renewal and reinstatement without payment of the late application fee required by division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, and the reinstatement fee required by division (A)(18) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, if the following are met:

(1) The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee or certificate holder was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions;

(2) The licensee is not suffering a mental or physical impairment that may affect the individual's ability to provide safe care; and

(3) The licensee meets the requirements for license or certificate renewal required by section 4723.24 of the Revised Code.

(N) A licensee, who submits a renewal application on July first or later, or whose license lapsed, due to the licensee's spouse's service in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, shall be eligible for renewal and reinstatement without payment of the late application fee required by division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, and the reinstatement fee required by division (A)(18) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, if the following are met:

(1) The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that the licensee did not renew their license because their spouse's military service caused them to be absent from the state of Ohio;

(2) The licensee presents the board satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee's spouse was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions; and

(3) The licensee meets the requirements for license renewal required by section 4723.24 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.24
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 08/01/1983, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 08/08/1994, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2001, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2008, 02/01/2009, 02/01/2010, 02/01/2012