Iowa Board of Nursing
Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Coronavirus - (COVID-19) Information

Iowa Nurses and healthcare professionals are encouraged to use the resources provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to access the most up-to-date information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  For the latest proclamation signed 9/17/2021, click on the State of Iowa site in the next line. 

Effective 3/24/2020: The State of Iowa has established a website solely dedicated to the topic of COVID-19 in Iowa. See the Sitehttps://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/proclamations

  • The IDPH website may be found here: IDPH Website
  • The CDC website may be found here: CDC Website
  • Questions from healthcare providers may be directed to the IDPH Centers for Acute Epidemiology (CADE) at 800-362-2736.
  • Iowa citizens may call the public hotline, available 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
  • Free virtual counseling and assistance for Iowans affected by COVID-19: https://covidrecoveryiowa.org/ 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Emergency Licenses - Updated information July 26, 2021

RN and LPN Licenses

  • The Proclamation authority for emergency licenses expired on May 27, 2021.  All emergency licenses expired on July 26, 2021, or upon the individual receiving a failing score on the NCLEX, whichever is sooner.
  • If you have an emergency RN or LPN license, you must promptly schedule your NCLEX exam and complete your criminal background check. Once the Board receives confirmation of your passing NCLEX result, you will be issued a single-state license.  Once the Board receives confirmation that you passed the criminal background check, you will be issued a multi-state license. 
  • Failure to pass the exam by July 26, 2021, will result in your emergency license lapsing.  You may not practice nursing on an expired emergency license and will continue to be unable to practice nursing until you have satisfied all the requirements for, and have been issued by the Board, a standard, non-emergency license.

ARNP New Licensees

  • The Proclamation authority for emergency licenses expired on May 27, 2021.  All emergency licenses expired on July 26, 2021, or upon the individual receiving a failing score on the national certifying exam, whichever is sooner.
  • If you have an emergency ARNP license, you must send a copy of your national certification certificate to the Board office.  Once the Board receives confirmation that you are certified, the Board will issue you a standard, non-emergency ARNP license. ​

Educators and Employers

  • May 11, 2021 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Employers and Nurse Employers about Emergency Licenses. See the document HERE
  • July 14, 2021 - Memorandum of Rulemaking - Re: Rescinding Rule 655 - 3.11 (152) "Emergency Licenses". See the document HERE
  • All emergency licenses expired on July 26, 2021. 

ARNP Information​

  • DEA Registrant Guidance during COVID-19 Emergency: DEA Notice
  • Drug Enforcement Administration - COVID-19 Information Page: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/coronavirus.html
  • Using CRNAs' unique skill set during the COVID-19 Crisis. See the March 21, 2020, AANA Update
  • Statement Regarding Nurse Practitioner Students and Direct Care Clinical Hours, March 23, 2020: NP Student Statement
  • Hydroxychloroquine Joint Statement from Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Physician Assistants & Medicine, March 26, 2020: COVID-19 Prescribing
  • DEA Qualifying Practitioners Guidance on the Topic of Prescribing Buprenorphine via Telemedicine - See the March 31, 2020, DEA Notice-2
  • DEA Prescribing Decision Tree During COVID-19. See the document: DEA Prescribing
  • ARNPs - Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths (4/6/2020): Vital Update
  • ARNP (APRN) Certification Extension/Waiver Policies - COVID-19 Update. See the document: APRN Certification 
  • CRNA Certification Renewal Extensions. See the letter from the national board for nurse anesthetists: NBCRNA Letter
  • Updated Hydroxychloroquine Joint Statement from Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Physician Assistants & Medicine, September 11, 2020: Updated Prescribing Memo
  • ARNP License Renewal Exceptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (10/13/2020): ARNP Iowa/Nebraska information

  • Guidance to ARNPs for COVID-19 Vaccination of Pregnant People: CDC Health Advisory September 30, 2021

Notices to Iowa Nurses, Nurse Employers and Nurse Educators

  • March 25, 2020 - Memorandum to Iowa Nurse Employers and Licensees about the use of Out of State Nurses. See the document HERE
  • March 27, 2020 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Programs about guidelines for use of Simulation. See the document HERE
  • April 2, 2020 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Programs regarding Frequently Asked Questions. See the document HERE
  • April 25, 2020 - IDPH PPE Shortage Order Updated (supersedes April 9, 2020 order). See the document HERE
  • April 28, 2020 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Programs - NCLEX Testing Update. See the document HERE
  • May 5, 2020 - Joint Statement from Boards of Nursing, Dental, Pharmacy & Medicine about Professional Assistance Programs. See the document HERE
  • July 27, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions regarding Practice & Licensure Questions during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the document HERE
  • March 12, 2021 - Memorandum to Nurse Educators about Nursing Students Authorized under the Federal PREP Act to administer COVID-19 Vaccines. See the document HERE
  • July 14, 2021 - Memorandum of Rulemaking - Re: Rescinding Rule 655 - 3.11 (152) "Emergency Licenses". See the document HERE
  • July 29, 2021 - Memorandum to Nurse Licensees, Nurse Employers and Nurse Educators about proclamation guidance. See the document HERE
  • September 20, 2021 - Memorandum to Nurse Licensees, Nurse Employers and Nurse Educators about the use of Out of State Nurse Licensees. See the document HERE

Proclamations History

Throughout the pandemic response, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, has issued emergency proclamations. The entire list of proclamations may be found at the Iowa Coronavirus website under the COVID-19 Proclamations tab. The current proclamation is expected to end November 14, 2021.


NCSBN Resources


Service Opportunities 

March 24, 2020 - Nurses who are interested in assisting acute or long term care facilities that become overwhelmed during this COVID-19 outbreak or suffer a loss of staff due to illness, please follow these instructions:  To create an account and a profile please go to the following Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV) website:  https://www.iaserv.org/ .
April 27, 2020 (update) i-SERV is seeking COVID-19 testing teams throughout the state. These are paid missions which include hotel accommodations as necessary. 

In order to assist, it is imperative that you complete the online profile with your nursing license information in order to be eligible for deployment to assist.  Once a profile is completed in the system, you must click on SAVE then you will receive an email from "@notify2.mir3.com" that verifies you created or updated an account.   You will receive notification from "iowaresponds" with information if you are being requested to deploy. 

See the ANA Guidance for Nurses who Want to Volunteer: HERE


CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care Extensions

CPR requirements and expirations are not monitored as a part of nursing licensure: Employers monitor completion of this training based on employee requirements. The American Heart Association (AHA) issued guidance for extensions on Instructor and Provider Cards during the COVID-19 outbreak. See the AHA announcement updated July 23, 2020 at this LINK  Nurses should check with their employers for guidance on this topic. 


Research Participation 

See information about the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Research - HERO FLYER
See the Hero Research Frequently Asked Questions at this LINK
 


COVID-19 Archived Documents Page - For archived documents see this link: https://nursing.iowa.gov/covid-19-archived-documents

 

Updated 10/18/2021

 
 

Printed from the Iowa Board of Nursing website on October 24, 2021 at 4:04pm.