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The Board of Registered Nursing protects the health, safety, and well-being of the public through the fair and consistent application of the statutes and regulations governing nursing practice and education in California.

What's New
  • 2021 State Leadership Accountability Act (SLAA) Report
  • Occupational Analysis Participation Opportunity

    As part of the implementation of AB 890, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has entered into an agreement with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) to conduct an Occupational Analysis (OA) of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) profession. The purpose of this project is to identify the tasks, knowledge, and skills that are a necessary part of the practice so they may be used to evaluate the BRN accepted NP certification examinations. The assistance of licensed NPs is needed to provide information on current practice.

    Subject Matter Expert (SME) input is critical to each phase of the OA in that they provide the information to define the tasks performed in the practice. SMEs also define the knowledge that is necessary to perform tasks safely, in compliance with standards of care.

    The BRN is currently recruiting licensees to serve as SMEs to participate in the OA process. As a licensed NP, the BRN requests your assistance in this process. New licensees (5 years or less) are encouraged to apply as well, as your input is needed to maintain standards at entry level.

    For Frequently Asked Questions about the OA please select the following link: OA - FAQ


    The OA interviews and workshops will be conducted by teleconference in July and August 2021. SMEs are needed for the following processes:

    ProcessTopicTarget Date
    InterviewsDefining Occupational Tasks and KnowledgeJuly 2021
    Workshop 1Review occupational tasks and knowledge statements for:
    • Pediatric Primary Care
    • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care
    August 17, 2021
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Workshop 2Review occupational tasks and knowledge statements for:
    • Pediatric Acute Care
    • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care
    August 18, 2021
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Workshop 3 Review occupational tasks and knowledge statements for:
    • Psychiatric
    • Family
    September 28, 2021
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Workshop 4 Review occupational tasks and knowledge statements for:
    • Neonatal
    • Women’s Health
    September 29, 2021
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    To qualify to serve as an SME a licensee MUST:
    1. Be a California resident;
    2. Possess a valid and current active California Registered Nurse (RN) license and NP certification;
    3. Have experience as an NP;
    4. Have clinical practice experience and current skills in the area of expertise for which you will be providing input and rendering a professional opinion;
    5. Have all renewal fees paid and continuing education requirements met;
    6. No prior or current disciplinary actions or convictions in this state or any other agency or government, and;
    7. Be able to write complete and concise reports.

    If you meet the qualifications and are interested in participation, you must complete a ‘Nurse Practitioner Subject Matter Expert Application’ and submit with curriculum vitae/resume via email to BRN.NPAC@dca.ca.gov.

    Please complete the application using the following link: Nurse Practitioner Subject Matter Expert Application

    If you are contacted to participate in an interview, you can expect the process to be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours and may be conducted via telephone or MS Teams.

    If you are contacted to participate in a workshop, each workshop is one day and will be conducted by teleconference from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

  • Warning of Possible Hospital Cyber Attack
    The Board of Registered Nursing would like to notify you that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Health and Human Services have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. The Board is sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats. Please see additional information at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency website.
  • Nursing Students May Supplement Healthcare Staff During Recent Spike in COVID-19 Cases
  • The Board of Registered Nursing Appoints a New Executive Officer
  • Progress Report on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Continuing Education Plan for Approving and Disapproving Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Apply for Health Professions Education Foundation Loan Repayments, Scholarshipts, & Grants
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • FAQs Regarding the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN)
  • Applicant Enforcement Webinar with Questions and Answers
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