West Virginia Registered Nurse: 12 Hours Needed
Nurses will renew their licenses every year by October 31st. Licensees renewing for the first time will need to include a 3 hour course related to the prescribing of controlled substances as a part of their required hours.
RNs: Required 12 contact hours each annual licensing period, a minimum of 2 of the 12 contact hours must be about patients that are veterans or family members of veterans and screening of conditions. Licensees who prescribe, dispense, and/or administer controlled substances are required 3 hours of Drug Diversion Training at initial licensure and 1 hour every renewal thereafter.
LPNs: Required 24 contact hours every two year licensing period. There is a one-time requirement of 2 contact hours of end-of-life care with pain management at initial renewal. Licensees who prescribe, dispense, and/or administer controlled substances are required 3 hours in the area of chemical dependency every renewal period.
APRNs: Required 24 hours each licensing period of which 12 hours must be in pharmacology and 12 hours must be clinical management practice.
Renewal fee is $65
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses at (304) 558-3596 RNs or (304) 558-3572 LPNs orhttp://www.wvrnboard.com/default2.asp?active_page_id=85 – RNs or http://www.lpnboard.state.wv.us/10-06.PDF – LPNs for additional information regarding your continuing education.
- Courses will be accepted if offered or approved by:
- 1. West Virginia Board of Nursing
- 2. A national nursing organization (i.e. the ANCC, AANP, etc.)
- 3. An accredited college or university
- 4. A licensed health care facility, agency, or hospital
Steps To Complete
- Complete required continuing education hours.
- Complete renewal information and pay your appropriate renewal fee for desired license status by mail or online.