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Can I remain employed as an RN until 2016 when my nursing degree will not be renewed?

Dear Nancy,

Can I remain employed as an RN until 2016 when my nursing degree will not be renewed? My license will not be renewed in 2016 because my degree was not conferred in 2009.


Dear Eliza,

Your question is a confusing one. It begs more questions than answers due to the lack of detail provided. It is assumed you have a current and valid license to practice nursing, one that will not be renewed in 2016 due to some time frame within which you failed to obtain some kind of degree in nursing. Since the Nurse Practice Act under which you practice is not available for my review, it is essential that you seek a consultation from a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state who can specifically advise you about your particular situation.

Your question is all the more confusing because although there has been a movement in the recent past to require the baccalaureate degree for initial licensure, but no state has passed such legislation, according to the American Nurses Association.

Be sure to seek a legal opinion well before the 2016 date upon which your license will not be renewed. If there are legal options for you to undertake concerning this issue, they can take time and the sooner you determine what, if any, you can use to your advantage the better it will be for you.

Regards, Nancy

By | 2021-05-07T16:32:19-04:00 July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

About the Author:

Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
Our legal information columnist Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN, received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and concentrates her solo law practice in health law and legal representation, consultation and education for healthcare professionals, school of nursing faculty and healthcare delivery facilities. Brent has conducted many seminars on legal issues in nursing and healthcare delivery across the country and has published extensively in the area of law and nursing practice. She brings more than 30 years of experience to her role of legal information columnist. Her posts are designed for educational purposes only and are not to be taken as specific legal or other advice. Individuals who need advice on a specific incident or work situation should contact a nurse attorney or attorney in their state. Visit The American Association of Nurse Attorneys website to search its attorney referral database by state.

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