Asked by: Samara Weingardt
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st April, 2020

Why do nursing licensing laws exist?

The purpose of a professional license is to protect the public from harm by setting minimal qualifications and competencies for safe entry-level practitioners.

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Similarly one may ask, why do we have to have a nurse practice act?

The NPA gives authority to regulate the practice of nursing and the enforcement of law to an administrative agency or BON that is charged with maintaining the balance between the rights of the nurse to practice nursing and the responsibility to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens (Brous, 2012

Similarly, what can stop you from getting your nursing license? Criminal Background Members of a state nursing board will be particularly interested in the details surrounding any conviction involving crimes such as dishonesty, substance abuse, sexual offenses, breach of trust, danger to the public safety, or physical harm or endangerment.

Keeping this in consideration, is practicing nursing without a license a felony?

Penalties. The crime of practicing nursing without a license is usually a misdemeanor, though felony charges are possible in some states. What differentiates a felony from a misdemeanor will differ depending on state law, but misdemeanor offenses involve less serious penalties than felony offenses. Incarceration.

What happens if I don't renew my nursing license?

If you have allowed your RN license to expire, don't worry. You are more than likely still all set with your continuing education requirements, but you may have to show proof that you are in order to get your license back. As for the fees, you will probably have to pay a renewal fee as well as a delinquency fee.

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