(1) Application - The required application form for licensure without examination shall be completed in part by the applicant, signed by him, and attested by a notary public.
(a) The name as signed on the application form shall be the name carried in the records of the Board (See 1000-02-.03(3) for name change regulation.)
(b) Part of the application may be a satisfactory reference from the most recent employer as to the applicant's health and practical nursing competence.
(c) Part of the application shall be an official certification of the applicant's licensure for practical nursing in another jurisdiction.
(d) Part of this application shall be one (1) recent photograph signed by the applicant. Date photograph was taken must not be more than six (6) months from the filing date of the examination.
(e) Part of this application shall be the result of a criminal background check which the applicant has caused to be submitted to the Board's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the Board's licensure application materials.
(f) The required application, accompanied by the statutory fee, shall be filed with the Board and a permit or license received from this Board prior to employment in practical nursing in this state.
(2) Qualifications.
(a) An applicant shall have substantially the same requirements as set by this Board for graduates of Tennessee schools.
(b) A person licensed for practical nursing in another United States jurisdiction by waiver shall be accepted for Tennessee licensure only if the waiver was the initial one following passage of the first practical nurse law for that jurisdiction.
(c) An applicant licensed in another country may be required to give evidence that he can speak, read, and write English to a satisfactory degree.
(3) Temporary Permit to Practice Practical Nursing - The board may issue a temporary permit to a practical nurse duly licensed according to the laws of another state and who has made application for permanent licensure in Tennessee, pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) of this rule. A permit issued under the provisions of this paragraph shall be valid for a single period of six (6) months.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1000-02-.02
Original rule certified May 10, 1974. Amendment filed February 28, 1983; effective March 30, 1983. Amendment filed March 14, 2006; effective May 28, 2006. Amendment filed March 23, 2007; effective June 6, 2007.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-7-110, and 63-7-207.

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