The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN or Board) has learned that scam artists posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents or Board investigators are calling California registered nurses as part of an extortion scheme. The scammers identify themselves as DEA agents or Board investigators, calling about ongoing investigations regarding their license issued by the BRN. The scammers tell victims their license may be suspended for illegal drug trafficking. The scammers may provide a “Notice of Suspension” letter with BRN’s letterhead and/or logo which includes statements that licensees must follow instructions given by the Board investigator. The scammers are also asking for licensee bank account information. The scammers’ phone number may show up as the BRN’s office number (916) 322-3350.
No DEA agent, BRN investigator or staff member, will ever contact RNs by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you receive a call such as the one described, refuse the demand for payment. Do not disclose any personal information, i.e., social security number, dates of birth, credit or debit card numbers.
Please also consider the following:
- If the caller is stating they are from the DEA, immediately report the threat using the DEA’s Extortion Scam Online Reporting form.
- If the individual identifies themselves as a Board employee, please contact the Board at (916) 322-3350 and press 4 to be directed to the Board’s Enforcement unit or send an email to Enforcement.BRN@dca.ca.gov.
- If the phone number of the caller appears to be the Board’s number, it is recommended that you submit an online complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) using the FCC's Consumer Complaint form or contact the Board so it can provide this information to the FCC.
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- At the Board Meeting on February 18, 2020, the Board unanimously selected Loretta Melby as its Acting Executive Officer while the Board continues to work with the Department of Consumer Affairs for the recruitment of our permanent Executive Officer.
Ms. Melby was sworn in and assumed her role on February 20, 2020.
Ms. Melby has over 25 years of healthcare experience, 19 years as a Registered Nurse with 13 of those years being in a variety of nurse management and leadership roles with key participation in strategic planning for growth. She joined the Board of Registered Nursing in 2014 as a Nursing Education Consultant. She has experience in service excellence, staff recruitment and retention, education, and regulatory affairs.
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- Apply for Health Professions Education Foundation Loan Repayment Programs
The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization housed within the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Since 1987, HPEF has awarded more than 16,385 scholarships and loan repayments totaling more than $186.75 million to California health professionals serving in all 58 counties in areas of unmet need.
HPEF improves access to healthcare in California by providing scholarships and loan repayments to health professional students and graduates who provide care to communities in need.
Currently, HPEF is hosting an application cycle from January 2, 2020 – February 25, 2020, for the following nursing scholarship programs:
- Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship Program (BSNSP)
- Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program (APHSP)
- Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program (ADNSP)
- Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program (LVN to ADN)
- Vocational Nurse Scholarship Program (VNSP)
If you are a student accepted or enrolled in a nursing program, enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, have a GPA of 2.0 or greater and will graduate after June 30, 2020 you may be eligible to apply. Those awarded may receive scholarship awards of up to $25,000 in exchange for a 1 year service obligation in an underserved area of California. Award amounts vary depending on the scholarship program.
Please carefully review the eligibility guidelines for the scholarship program to which you are interested in applying. These programs are highly competitive and not all who apply are awarded.
Applicants may apply at:
Apply today or share this information with someone you know who may be eligible. Visit the HPEF website to learn more.
- The BRN is proud to reveal a new way to view annual school data! Using this link, you can obtain new insights on pre-licensure nursing programs and other relevant trends.
- The Legislature has passed and the Governor has now signed AB 149 (Cooper) which provides a transition period for implementing a new law requiring new security prescription forms for prescriptions for controlled substances. The bill takes effect immediately as of March 11th, 2019.
AB 149 is intended to resolve problems unintentionally created by AB 1753 (Low, Chapter 794, Statutes of 2018), which reduced the number of authorized security printers approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and required security prescription forms to have unique serialized numbers. AB 1753 took effect Jan. 1, 2019.
However, not all prescribers have been able to obtain the security prescription forms required by the law or have unknowingly continued using non-compliant prescription forms. As a result, some pharmacists were caught in a difficult position having to decide whether to provide needed medication for patients or comply with the new law.
Since then, AB 149 has been passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. AB 149 delays the requirement for prescription forms with uniquely serialized numbers until a date to be determined by DOJ but no later than Jan. 1, 2020.
AB 149 also declares that any prescription written on a form that was otherwise valid before Jan. 1, 2019, or was written on a form approved by DOJ as of Jan. 1, 2019, is valid and may be filled, compounded or dispensed until Jan. 1, 2021.
- California candidates may access their unofficial results two business days after taking the exam, by purchasing Quick Results from Pearson VUE. You can order and pay for these results through your online Pearson VUE account, selecting the option “Quick Results” from the tool bar on the Home Page.
- Important Fingerprint Changes: Applicants must first submit an application for licensure prior to submission of fingerprints.
The Board of Registered Nursing has made some necessary changes to be in compliance with DOJ and FBI fingerprint result information. All applicants must first submit an application for licensure to the Board prior to submission of fingerprints via Live Scan or hard card.
After submission of an application for licensure, a request for Live Scan form or fingerprint hard cards must be submitted to the Board via the Fingerprint Requests page.
Upon receipt of the request, the Board will validate the submission of an application for licensure and will then email a link to the Live Scan form or mail the fingerprint hard card (if outside of California). Please allow 7-10 business days to receive your hard cards by mail or 3 business days to receive your Live Scan form link.
Please visit our Fingerprint Information page to review all information regarding the submission of fingerprints.
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- The Advance Practice Registered Nursing regulation changes have been approved by OAL and are now effective as of January 15, 2019. This regulation amends Sections 1480 – 1484, Sections 1483.1, 1483.2, and 1486 of Division 14 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.