This month, Ohio LPNs will be mailed instructions by the Ohio Board of Nursing on how to renew their LPN license on-line. The Board will mail the instructions to the address that you previously provided to the Board as your address of record. If you do not timely receive the instructions, you should contact the Board immediately.
If you do not want to renew on-line, you may request to have a paper renewal form mailed to you. To be sent a paper renewal form:
- send a written request to: Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 S. High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215, attn: Renewal; or
- fax a request to the Board at 614-466-0388, attn: Renewal;
- or, email the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Renewal applications received after July 1 will be assessed a $50.00 late fee. If you do not renew by August 31, the license will lapse.http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4723-7-09
Whether you choose to renew online or to complete the paper renewal form, it is important that you take a few quiet minutes to complete the form on your own! Allowing others to renew your license for you or not taking the time to carefully read and accurately and completely respond to the questions on the renewal can be a costly mistake.
By signing the renewal application you are certifying to the Nursing Board that all information contained in the application is correct and complete. The Nursing Board reviews all original applications for licensure and renewal applications very seriously and will take a disciplinary action against a licensee who fails to provide the Board with correct and complete information.
In addition, any questions in which you have to answer “yes” to will require you to provide a short written explanation. You should take time to provide a clear and careful response. Don’t minimize the incident or fail to take responsibility for your actions, as this could be to used as an aggravating factor if the Board chooses to impose a discipline.
The Nursing Board routinely suspends or revokes licensees who provide a false response to a renewal question. It is always better to provide clear, honest responses to the questions than to provide information that might be misleading or may lead to more questions by the Board. If you do not understand a question, you may call the Nursing Board staff and ask – however, the staff is unable to give legal advice.
As always, if you have any questions about this post or another question involving the Ohio Board of Nursing, feel free to email me at Beth@collislaw.com.