Florida

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Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

Endorsements

Do you currently hold an active license in another state? Have recently passed the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool Examination? Or, have practiced in the US (including territories and jurisdictions) for two of the last three years without any action being taken against your license? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be eligible for endorsement.

You will need to submit your endorsement application with fees. A $110 application fee will be required. Fees for fingerprints and license verification vary from one provider to the next. A Livescan service provider must take your fingerprints as well. Livescan electronic fingerprinting is required for all initial licensure. You will need to download and print the Nursing Electronic Fingerprint Form The Board will require verification of licensure from your original state of licensure. You will need to verify your current active license with your current state as well. Copies of licenses will not be accepted. Click here for endorsement tips from Florida's Nursing Board.

Verification can be obtained through Nursys - link: https://www.nursys.com/ or if your state does not participate in the Nursys system you can download and print a Florida Board of Nursing License Verification Form.

You may apply for endorsement online. Click here to go to the Florida Board's endorsement information page.

Renewals are handled in three groups. Group 1 - current license will expire at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2016. Group 2 - current license will expire at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, July 31, 2016. Group 3 - current license will expire at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2017.

You may renew online or by mail. You will not have to submit any continuing competency documents unless you are audited. The Florida Board's website recommends you hold on to these documents for at least four years.

Renewal cost is $80

Click here for more details.

Continuing Education Information

You will be required to take 24 hours of continuing education every two years. You must complete a one time HIV/AIDS course before your first renewal. Afterward, your 24 hours must include the following

  • Prevention of Medical Errors - Two hours (this course is no longer required for new licensure, but it is required for renewal.)

  • Laws and Rules that govern the practice of Nursing - Two hours

Two hours of domestic violence will be required every third renewal; so, you will have 26 hours of continuing education during those renewal periods.

Visit www.cebroker.com for a list of approved continuing education providers.

For more details, click on the continuing education link in the FAQ section of this page or call the Board directly. The Boards contact information is located near the bottom of this page.

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance will review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal. The tracking system is powered by CEBroker.

You may convert college courses to CE hours. One credit hour per quarter converts to 10 contact hours. One credit hour per semester converts to 15 contact hours. To receive continuing education credit, retain transcripts for four years in case you are audited.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web Address

www.floridasnursing.gov/

Physical Address

4042 Bald Cypress Way, Room 120

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Mail Correspondence

4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C02

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Phone Number: 1.850.245.4125

The following options may be useful:

  • Renewals or continuing education press three

    • Online renewal press 1

    • Mail renewal press 2

    • Continuing education 3

  • Becoming licensed, requesting an application, or for application status press four

Customer Contact Center

Monday-Friday

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET

(850) 488-0595

Board Office

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

(850) 245-4125

Fax: (850) 617-6460


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FAQ

For endorsement FAQs, click here.

For continuing education FAQs, click here.

For general FAQ, click here.



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