The board shall provide a registration renewal notice at least three full calendar months before a licensee's registration expiration date using the last contact information provided by the licensee which constitutes official notification. Failure to receive the registration renewal notice sent by the board does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew registration by the expiration date.
A licensee shall submit the completed registration renewal application, fee, and continuing education report to the board in time for the application to be received in the board office by the registration expiration date. The board shall return an application that is received without a fee or an application that is incomplete. The licensee must resubmit the application and fee by the licensee's registration expiration date.
A licensee shall respond to questions on the application that relate to the grounds for disciplinary action listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 148.261. The licensee shall submit true information. Falsification or omission of information provides grounds for disciplinary action. The board may require further information of the licensee to determine whether the licensee has engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 148.261.
The licensee shall submit the fee with the application for renewal by the registration expiration date. The fee must be made payable to the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The board shall return a fee that is received without an application or is made out incorrectly. The licensee shall resubmit the fee with an application by the licensee's registration expiration date. The fee is not refundable.
[Repealed, 12 SR 102]
A registered nurse shall participate in the ratio of at least one contact hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of registration. A licensed practical nurse shall participate in the ratio of at least one contact hour of acceptable continuing education for each two months of registration.
For a continuing education activity to be acceptable for renewal of registration, the criteria in items A to F must be met.
The content must be designed to enhance the licensee's ability to practice nursing. The content may include provision of patient-centered care, development of enhanced technical skills, application of evidence-based practice, working in interdisciplinary teams, quality improvement, or informatics. For licensees who are not engaged in direct patient care but who are required to be licensed as a nurse in their employment, the content may include topics that may assist the licensees in the performance of their responsibilities. Unacceptable content includes subject matter that is inaccurate, outdated, or not generally accepted within the health care community.
There must be written objectives that describe what a licensee can expect to learn.
The activity must be completed during the licensee's continuing education participation period.
The activity must be taught by someone other than the licensee.
The instructor must be qualified by education or experience to teach the content.
The following information regarding the continuing education activity must be obtainable by the licensee:
the written objectives for the activity or cluster of continuing education activities;
the name and qualifications of the instructor;
the contact hours or their equivalent assigned to the activity;
the dates of the activity;
the title of the activity; and
a statement of participation or certificate of completion that verifies that the licensee was present at or participated in the activity.
[Repealed, 42 SR 441]
Exceptions to documentation of continuing education are listed in this subpart.
Evidence of written learning objectives is not required when the continuing education activity has been approved by another health licensing board or health-related professional association. All other requirements of subpart 3, item F, must be met.
Evidence of written learning objectives is not required when a licensee submits current certification from a national professional nursing organization consistent with nursing practice standards or a medical organization consistent with medical practice standards. The certificate must be based on meeting initial certification or recertification requirements that include meeting periodic continuing education requirements or other competency certification requirements. The licensee shall not use the practice specialty certificate as a substitute for any previously deferred contact hours.
A licensee may do one of the following for continuing education within the licensee's participation period and apply contact hours to the activity:
publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal or book on nursing or health care related issues;
deliver a professional paper related to nursing or health care;
serve as a member of a national panel that addresses nursing or health care related issues; or
serve as principal investigator or coinvestigator for a nursing or health care related research study.
Confirmation of continuing education shall be a part of the renewal of registration application. Each licensee shall verify that the continuing education activities used to meet the licensee's renewal requirements meet all the criteria in subparts 3, 4a, and 5, and that the information is true in every respect.
[Repealed, 18 SR 468]
The registration renewal application, registration renewal fee, and continuing education report must be received in the board office by the licensee's registration expiration date.
If the licensee's registration renewal application, registration renewal fee, and continuing education report are received in the board office after the registration expiration date, the applicant is not eligible for renewal of registration. The board shall return the application and fee to the licensee. The board shall provide a reregistration application to the licensee. The licensee may not practice nursing after the registration expiration date until reregistration requirements have been met as specified in part 6310.3100.
If the board receives an incomplete renewal application and fee by the registration expiration date, the board shall notify the licensee of any deficiency. On the deficiency notice, the board shall note if the application, the continuing education report, or the fee submitted by a licensee is incomplete, incorrect, or not in compliance with this part. The licensee may not practice nursing after the registration expiration date until registration requirements have been met. The registration renewal application, fee, and other documents will be retained by the board whenever possible.
If a licensee does not have enough contact hours of acceptable continuing education, the licensee has the options listed in items A and B.
The licensee may defer the number of contact hours that the licensee is lacking. The deferred hours shall be added to the contact hours required in the immediately succeeding continuing education participation period. Contact hours may be deferred if there are no current deferred contact hours required of the licensee. If the licensee is deferring a fraction of a contact hour, a whole contact hour must be deferred. If the licensee does not renew for the continuing education participation period that included the deferred hours, the deferred hours shall be required for reregistration.
The licensee may allow registration to expire and reregister.
A licensee provides grounds for disciplinary action if the licensee does not meet one of the options for insufficient hours in subpart 6c or fails an audit and is not eligible to defer.
The licensee shall submit true, complete, and accurate information. Falsification of any evidence for any registration period or falsification or omission of information provides grounds for disciplinary action.
Each licensee shall keep information documenting each continuing education activity submitted to meet registration renewal requirements. The licensee shall retain the information for two years after the continuing education activities are reported to the board.
On presentation of convincing evidence by a registration or reregistration applicant, the board shall grant a variance from the following requirements:
for a receipt deadline, evidence of mail delay;
for a fee, evidence of financial hardship;
for document submission, evidence of loss of records through fire or other disaster; and
for the required number of continuing education contact hours, evidence of unexpected illness or personal tragedy.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 326.56, a licensee who is in the armed forces of the United States or is employed outside the United States in employment which is essential to the prosecution of any war or the national defense, and whose registration was in effect at the time of entry into the armed forces or engagement in employment outside the United States, is not obligated to renew registration. The board must be notified in writing by the licensee regarding the qualifications for this exemption. The exemption ceases six months after discharge from active duty or termination of the aforementioned employment. A registration renewal notice shall be sent to the licensee at the time that a registration renewal notice would normally be sent to the licensee. The licensee may be requested to reconfirm exempt status. If the licensee no longer qualifies for the exemption, the requirements for registration renewal must be met. The required number of contact hours are calculated based on the number of months since the exemption ceased to the month of the registration renewal expiration date and according to the ratio specified in subpart 3.
The board shall nullify incomplete registration renewal applications that are not completed, returned, and received by the board within 30 days following notification of the deficiency or by the licensee's registration expiration date, whichever is later. For a nullified application, the fee shall be forfeited and the application and other documents may be destroyed according to Minnesota Statutes, section 138.17, subdivision 7.
The name of a licensee who does not return the complete renewal application and fees by the registration expiration date shall be removed from the list of individuals authorized to practice advanced practice, professional, or practical nursing.
11 SR 1331; 12 SR 102; 15 SR 838; 18 SR 468; 22 SR 973; 24 SR 1884; 37 SR 403; 42 SR 441
October 23, 2017