Nursing as a career has little space for errors and flaws, and all nurses in the USA strive to do an excellent job taking care of their patients.
Nursing takes an immense amount of study and practice to be good at it. Apart from that and clearing examinations, a nurse is only called valid when they have an active nursing license issued from a particular state board of nursing.
The Mississippi Board of Nursing is responsible for taking care of and regulating Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and also Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). All license and renewal applications are taken care of by this Board.
The state of Mississippi has slightly different rules for license renewal than other states. However, like in other states, one can easily apply for a license and renew a license via their website after meeting the requirements.
Mississippi nursing licenses also stay valid for about two years. But, instead of expiring a day before the nurse’s birthday, they expire between October 1 and December 31. The licenses expire every even-numbered year for RN and APRN and every odd-numbered year for LPN.
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How to acquire a nursing license in Mississippi?
First-time nurses should opt for ‘license by examination’ on the official website. Under this, an applicant appearing in the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN examination will be eligible to become licensed after clearing it.
This process works for people who need to repeat the exam as well. There is also an option to apply via NCLEX Accommodation.
However, this can only be applied by individuals with special accommodations in their nursing. The nurses’ primary care provider must provide them with the complete form.
The fees for license via examination are $200 for the examination, $75 for a criminal background check, and a $100 application fee for Registered Nurses (RN). The application fee is $60 for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
For Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license, individuals can apply via a separate application altogether. This is for both the kinds of nurses who have never had a Mississippi certification or have had one in the past.
How to renew a Mississippi Nursing License?
There are some requirements that an individual has to meet before applying for a license from the Mississippi Board of Nursing.
Nurses have to fill out the application online via the official website of The Mississippi Board of Nursing from September 1 to December 31. For Registered Nurses, it will be for every even-numbered year, and for Licensed Practical Nurses, the time window is for every odd-numbered year.
There are different forms to fill out for RN, LPN, Inactive License, and Late Renewal of License. There are two time windows for late renewal of licenses. The first is from January 1 to January 30, and the second is from February 1 -June 30.
In case of Late Renewal, there will be a fee of about $100 for renewal along with a ‘1 Administrative Fee’ of $50. In case of late renewal during the second time window, a fee of $100 will be required along with a ‘2 administrative fee of $150 for late renewal. For the latter, there will be a mandatory criminal background check, for which the fee is an additional $75.
Steps to renew a Mississippi Nursing License:
The procedure to acquire a renewed license under The Mississippi Board Of Nursing is simple for nurses to meet the requirements and have the necessary documents.
1.Verification: Nurses need to confirm their license by visiting the verification page on the Board’s official website.
2.Continuing Education: Nurses must complete the required amount of Continuing Education (CE) hours before their license expires.
For a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license Renewal, nurses need to complete at least 20 contact hours of continuing education before applying.
Likewise, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) requires a nurse to have at least 40 contact hours of continuing education. Also, 10 of the required 40 hours need to be about addressing controlled substances specifically.
3. Application: Nurses can apply on the Board’s official License Renewal Page after ensuring they are good with the requirements.
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How to transfer a nursing license to Mississippi?
In the USA, transferring to another state as a nurse means applying for the nursing license of that state via endorsement.
In Mississippi, applying for a nursing license via endorsement means that the applicant has never before held a Mississippi license. They also need to be registered nurses in another state before the application.
The Mississippi Board of Nursing also allows temporary permits to applicants whose applications are still under process. These permit holders can practice at youth camps until they acquire their permanent license. However, the applicants should still hold a current and active license under any other jurisdiction.
Also, Mississippi is a compact state, meaning that it allows legal resident nurses to practice nursing in other enhanced compact states without needing to be licensed in that state.
In other words, compact states allow their nurses to hold multi-state licenses.