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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a collection of questions frequently posed to Nursing Board staff by Indiana nurses:

Q. Why is it important to provide my e-mail address?

The Indiana Board Of Nursing-Professional Licensing Agency Wants to keep you updated with important information and we utilize your e-mail to provide you with this information. With or without an e-mail address, you are required as a condition of your license to maintain your current mailing address with the Board at all times.

Q. How do I log in on your website to renew, change my mailing address/email address or order a license card?

There are multiple options available on our website. Please visit: www.pla.in.gov, select “Renew any License” to renew your license.If it is expired and has been expired for more than 18 months, you will need to contact our office to request a paper renewal application form at Pla2@pla.in.gov or 317-234-2043. You can also update your current mailing address or order a pocket license or wall certificate for your license at any time from this service on our website.

Q. How do I change my name on my nursing license?

Name Change - You may have the name changed on your licensure records by submitting a copy of an official name change document such as a marriage certificate or a divorce decree. A copy of a social security card will NOT be accepted. Please send the information to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency-Board of Nurisng At 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Your letter should include your name as it is listed now, your new name, your license number, professions, social security number, and date of birth. You may also fax the name change document to 317- 233-4236 or email it to: pla2@.in.gov

If you would like a replacement pocket card reflecting your name change, you may purchase one online at: www.pla.in.gov

Q. Since Indiana does not provide license cards after you renew how do I determine that my renewal was successfully completed?

Go to our website: www.pla.in.gov, and under the list of ,“Online services,” select “Search and Verify License.” Your license status should update almost immediately, but please allow an hour or two, especially during the regular renewal cycle when website traffic can be heavy. Also, if you have a valid e-mail address on file with the Board, you will receive an e-mail confirmation upon renewal.

Q. I lost my license or my license was stolen. How do I get another?

Replacing lost, destroyed or stolen pocket-cards - Replace a lost or destroyed pocket-card, update address information, renew your current license all online at the Professional Licensing Agency’s My License Online License/Permit Services At: https://mylicense.in.gov/egov

Q. How do I provide an official verification of my Indiana RN or LPN license to another state board of nursing?

Out of State Verifications - This is the verification of an Indiana license to another state. It is an official statement of the basis of licensure and includes the licensee’s name, profession, license number, licensure status, professional examination results and any other conditions or restrictions on the license. The verifications for LPN and RN licenses will be issued only through the www.nursys.com verification process, provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Verifications of Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriptive Authority are not currently available through NURSYS; these licenses must be verified using the Professional Licensing Agency’s Online Digital Certification Process At: http://www.in.gov/pla/verify.htm

Q. When will I receive my license card after I renew?

Effective December 1, 2009, the Indiana State Board of Nursing will no longer issue any pocket licenses or wall certificates as Part of the initial licensure or renewal process. The current status of your license should always be verified in real-time with our online status verification service at; https://mylicense.in.gov/everification/Search.aspx

A pocket card or wall certificate is not considered proof of active licensure. If you would like a pocket license or wall certificate as physical documentation of your license, they are available for purchase through the Professional Licensing Agency’s web site Purchase License Carde at: http://www.in.gov/pla/3120.htm

Q. How do I get a receipt for paying my renewal fee?

When you have completed your on-line renewal a receipt will be available for you to keep for your records. If you renew by mail you will want to keep a copy of your cancelled check as your proof of renewal payment.

Q. I received my first Indiana nursing license this year, do I have to renew?

Any license issued 90 days prior to the group expire date of 10/31(even years for lpn's ) or 10/31 (odd years for RN's) Will need to be renewed before the LPN's ) or 10/31 (odd years for RN's Will Need to be renewed before the license expires on 10/31 to bring the license current through the next two year cycle and to avoid incurring any late fees. Renewals are available on-line 60 days before the license expires on 10/31 (even Years for LPN's) or 10/31 (odd Years For RN’s).

Q. Does Indiana have an advanced practice nurse license?

There is a limited license required for all nurse midwives, in addition to R.N. licensure. In Indiana you can work as an advanced practice nurse (clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner) under your active RN license as long as you meet the statutory requirements to do so. If you are going to be prescribing as an advanced practice nurse then you will need to apply for and be granted prescriptive authority.

Q. How do I obtain an Indiana CRNA license?

CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY. CRNAs may administer anesthesia under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed physician, as long as they meet the educational qualifications and the national certification to do so. You must also hold an active Indiana Registered nurse license. Please visit our website to review the requirement and related information for CRNA’s which are outlined in the nursing statutes and rules: www.pla.in.gov.

Q. I am not going to practice nursing for a while. Can I make my license inactive?

Indiana does not have an inactive status. You may either continue to renew the license or allow it to lapse to expired status. If your license expires and you choose to renew it after it has been expired more than 3 years the board may require additional measures to renew your license at that time.

Q. Is Indiana a part of the nurse licensure compact state agreement?

Indiana is not currently a compact state.

Q. What is the scope of practice for nurses in Indiana?

The Indiana State Board of Nursing does not issue advisory opinions, and the only guidance it formally offers regarding scope of practice questions is to refer questions to Indiana’s statutes and administrative rules regarding the practice of nursing. These rules And statutes are available in compilation form on the Indiana Profes- Sional Licensing Agency Website at: http://www.in.gov/pla2497.htmIndiana’s Nurse Practice Act was written to be intentionally broad and general so that as new skills and procedures become part of standard nursing practice, the laws maintain their relevance and applicability. Basically, each nurse licensed in Indiana is responsible for ensuring that he or she is adequately prepared, competent, and qualified to perform any particular skill or procedure that is utilized. In a sense, the nursing profession itself actually determines the scope of practice. For a particular skill or procedure, some relevant points to consider would be what other nurses and other facilities are doing with regards to that skill or procedure. Another point to consider is whether there is a well-developed system for ensuring that those performing a given skill or procedure have the adequate training and support to ensure consistent, safe and competent delivery of that skill or procedure.

For additional information, you may want to discuss particular procedures with peers in the nursing profession as represented by the Indiana State Nurses Association or other professional nursing organizations specific to your practice specialty.

Q. Where do I locate the Indiana nursing Statutes and Rules?

Please Visit our Website At; www.in.gov/pla,selest the "professions link, then “Nursing” link, and finally the “Statutes & Rules” link for a compilation of nursing profession related regulations.

Q. What is the procedure if I have a “yes” response on my renewal?

IF YOU ANSWERED “YES” to any of the renewal questions, you must provide a statement that explains all the related details, including the violation, location, date, and disposition. Letters from Attorneys, insurance Companies and/or court documents are not acceptable in lieu of your statement but they may be included with your statement.Be sure to write your name and license number on all documents submitted with your renewal. Failure to truthfully answer the required questions or to provide a written statement regarding “yes” responses may subject your license to disciplinary action imposed by the Nursing Board, including probation, suspension, denial of renewal application, and fines of up to $1,000 per violation.
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