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For RN licensure:
For APRN licensure:
- Effective October 1, 2009, new requirements related to the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license. New Initial APRN License Requirements: If you have never been licensed as an APRN/APN in this State prior to October 1, 2009, you must have all of the following:
(1) A current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN) in this Hawaii;
(2) An unencumbered RN license in all other states in which the nurse has a current and active license;
(3) An unencumbered license as an APRN in all other states in which the nurse has a current and active recognition as an APRN;
(4) Completed an accredited graduate-level education program leading to a certified registered nurse anesthetist, a nurse midwife, a clinical nurse specialist, or a nurse practitioner;
(5) A current, unencumbered certification to verify passage of a national certification exam by a national certifying body recognized by the Board; and
(6) Paid the appropriate fees.
More APRN information:
APRN Prescriptive Authority
- Have a current, unencumbered Hawaii RN license; Have (or applying for) a Hawaii APRN license; Have successfully completed one of the following within the three-year time period immediately preceding the date of application:
- At least 30 contact hours*, as part of a graduate-level degree in clinical nursing or nursing science program from an accredited college/university, of advanced pharmacology education, including advanced pharmacotherapeutics that is integrated into the curriculum;
- OR At least 30 contact hours* of advanced pharmacology, including advanced pharmacotherapeutics, from an accredited college/university; OR At least 30 contact hours* of continuing education from a Hawaii Board of Nursing approved recognized certifying body, in advanced pharmacology, including advanced pharmacotherapeutics related to your practice specialty.
- *Acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills preparing the nurse to provide direct care to patients through a significant educational and practical concentration on the direct care of patients. This does NOT include Clinical Systems Management (Nursing administration) or Nursing education. b) APRNs Licensed Prior to October 1, 2009 in other states Any person licensed by other state boards as an APRN or similar designation prior to October 1, 2009, whose license was granted based on a master's degree in nursing or a current certification for specialized and advanced nursing practice from a national certifying body recognized by the Hawaii Board of Nursing shall be eligible to be licensed as an APRN in this State.
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