EMSA Authorization of Out-Of-State Medical Personnel Ends February 28, 2023

On October 17, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the COVID-19 State of Emergency will end on February 28, 2023. Upon the State of Emergency ending, pursuant to Executive Order N-11-22, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)’s out-of-state medical personnel authorization approval will conclude.

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) urges all out-of-state EMSA nurses to apply for licensure by endorsement in order to continue practicing in California after February 28, 2023. Complete endorsement applications are processed in the order they are received; however once submitted to BRN, EMSA Nurses can immediately apply for a temporary license that is valid for six months. This temporary license, once granted, allows nurses to practice in California for a limited time while their endorsement application is being processed.

For healthcare providers and employers in California: if you have employed nurses through the EMSA provisions, your staff must be licensed in California if they are to continue working once the state of emergency ends on February 28, 2023. The BRN is urging all providers and employers to notify their EMSA nurses of this information and encourage them to apply for licensure by endorsement and temporary licensure in order to continue working after the deadline.

Please share this information along with the BRN’s processing times for both Endorsement and Temporary License Applications.