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Register November 2011 No. 671
Chapter N 2
LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION
N 2.01   Authority and intent.
N 2.02   Definitions.
N 2.03   Qualifications for examination.
N 2.04   Application procedure for R.N. and L.P.N. applicants.
N 2.05   Licensure examination.
N 2.06   Temporary permits.
N 2.07   Examining councils.
Ch. N 2 Note Note: Chapter N 4 as it existed on July 31, 1981 was repealed and a new chapter N 4 was created effective August 1, 1981. Chapter N 4 as it existed on March 31, 1984 was repealed and a new chapter N 2 was created effective April 1, 1984.
N 2.01 N 2.01 Authority and intent.
N 2.01(1) (1) This chapter is adopted pursuant to authority of ss. 15.08, 227.11 and 441.01 (3), Stats.
N 2.01(2) (2) The intent of the board of nursing in adopting rules in this chapter is to specify the requirements and procedures for obtaining a license by examination as a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse, to outline the board's policies and procedures on exam administration, to set forth qualifications and procedures for obtaining a temporary permit, and to provide rules governing the board's examining councils.
N 2.01 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1984, No. 339, eff. 4-1-84; am. (2), Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 5-1-90; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 6-1-90.
N 2.02 N 2.02 Definitions. As used in this chapter:
N 2.02(1) (1) "Board" means board of nursing.
N 2.02(2) (2) "Board-approved school" means an institution located in the United States, a U.S. territory, or a province of Canada which has a school, college, program or department of nursing which meets standards of the board or holds accreditation by a board-recognized nursing accreditation agency.
N 2.02(3) (3) "Bureau" means the bureau of health service professions within the department of safety and professional services.
N 2.02 Note Note: The bureau is located at Room 174, 1400 East Washington Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin.
N 2.02(4) (4) "Direct supervision" means immediate availability to continually coordinate, direct and inspect at first hand the practice of another.
N 2.02(5) (5) "L.P.N." means licensed practical nurse.
N 2.02(5m) (5m) "NCLEX" means national council licensure examination.
N 2.02(6) (6) "R.N." means registered nurse.
N 2.02 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1984, No. 339, eff. 4-1-84; renum. (1), (2), (4) to (6) to be (2), (1), (5), (6) and (4) and am. (2), (4) and (5) am. (3), Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 6-1-90; CR 01-049: am. (2), cr. (5m), Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01; correction in (3) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
N 2.03 N 2.03 Qualifications for examination.
N 2.03(1) (1) Registered nurse applicants. An applicant is eligible for the examination for registered nurses if the applicant:
N 2.03(1)(a) (a) Does not have an arrest or conviction record, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, Stats.;
N 2.03(1)(b) (b) Has graduated from high school or its equivalent; and,
N 2.03(1)(c) (c) Has graduated from a board-approved school of professional nursing.
N 2.03(2) (2)Licensed practical nurse applicants. An applicant is eligible for the examination for practical nurses if the applicant:
N 2.03(2)(a) (a) Does not have an arrest or conviction record subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, Stats.;
N 2.03(2)(b) (b) Has completed 2 years of high school or its equivalent;
N 2.03(2)(c) (c) Has graduated from a board-approved school of practical nursing.
N 2.03 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1984, No. 339, eff. 4-1-84; am. (1) (b) to (d) and (2) (b) and (c), Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 6-1-90; CR 01-049: am. (1) (c) and (2) (c), r. (1) (d) and (2) (d), Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01; CR 05-121: am. (1) (c) and (2) (c) Register June 2006 No. 606, eff. 7-1-06.
N 2.04 N 2.04 Application procedure for R.N. and L.P.N. applicants.
N 2.04(1)(1) Each applicant shall file with the bureau a completed, notarized application on forms provided by the bureau. The application shall include the signature of the applicant.
N 2.04(2) (2) Schools of professional nursing and schools of practical nursing other than board-approved schools shall forward, directly to the bureau, official transcripts of nursing education for applicants who were graduated from the school. The bureau may accept certified credentials directly from the commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools attesting to receipt of the original transcript or documentation of the applicant's nursing education directly from the school of nursing.
N 2.04(3) (3) Certification of graduation from a board-approved school shall be completed by the educational administrator of the nursing education program or other person designated by the educational administrator. The certification of graduation shall be filed with the bureau prior to the determination of eligibility. An applicant who is unable to submit educational certification from a foreign country shall request that the board make a determination of educational qualifications.
N 2.04(4) (4) All statements and documents written in a foreign language shall be accompanied by notarized translations. The cost of the translation shall be paid by the applicant.
N 2.04(6) (6) An applicant who has graduated from a school of professional nursing or a school of practical nursing other than a board-approved school shall submit a valid certificate issued by the commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools.
N 2.04(7) (7) An applicant who has a pending criminal charge or has been convicted of any crime or ordinance violation shall provide the board all related information necessary for the board to determine whether the circumstances of the arrest or conviction or other offense substantially relate to the circumstances of the licensed activity.
N 2.04(8) (8) An applicant who is unable to submit the educational credentials required by this section may submit an explanation of his or her inability to submit required credentials together with other evidence of education. The board shall determine whether the applicant's explanation and other evidence are sufficient.
N 2.04 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1984, No. 339, eff. 4-1-84; am. (3), (5) and (6), cr. (8), Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 6-1-90; am. (2), Register, June, 1993, No. 450, eff. 7-1-93; am. (1) (intro.) and (3), r. (1) (c), Register, December, 1993, No. 456, eff. 1-1-94; CR 01-049: renum. (1) (intro) and (1) (a) to be (1) and am., r. (1) (b) and (5), am. (2) and (6), Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01; CR 05-121: am. (2) and (6) Register June 2006 No. 606, eff. 7-1-06.
N 2.05 N 2.05 Licensure examination.
N 2.05(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "NCLEX" means national council licensure examination.
N 2.05(2) (2)Administration.
N 2.05(2)(a)(a) The examination accepted by the board is the NCLEX.
N 2.05(2)(b) (b) NCLEX shall be administered at least twice yearly for both R.N. and L.P.N. applicants.
N 2.05(2)(c) (c) The board shall notify the applicant of eligibility for admission to the examination. The applicant shall contact the examination provider and schedule the examination date and time within one year from the time the notice of eligibility is received and pay the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1), Stats. The applicant must reapply if an examination is not taken within one year.
N 2.05(2)(d) (d) Specific instructions shall be provided at the beginning of the examination.
N 2.05(2)(e) (e) An applicant who violates examination security or national examination administration rules may be denied licensure by the board. Violations include, but are not limited to, answering questions after time allotted for the examination has expired, or bringing notes or exam aids for use during the exam.
N 2.05(3) (3)Nursing behaviors tested.
N 2.05(3)(a)(a) Nursing behaviors tested are the basic principles of the practice of professional nursing or the practice of practical nursing.
N 2.05(3)(b) (b) The test plan identifying nursing behaviors on which the NCLEX is based shall be furnished to schools or individuals on request.
N 2.05(4) (4)Passing scores.
N 2.05(4)(a)(a) Registered nurse licensure. The passing score on the NCLEX for registered nurse licensure is set by the board in advance of the examination. An applicant obtaining a passing score on the NCLEX may be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse.
N 2.05(4)(b) (b) Licensed practical nurse licensure. The passing score on the NCLEX for practical nurse licensure is set by the board in advance of the examination. An applicant obtaining a passing score on the NCLEX may be eligible for licensure as a licensed practical nurse.
N 2.05(5) (5)Results.
N 2.05(5)(a)(a) The board shall send written notification of results to applicants.
N 2.05(5)(b) (b) An unsuccessful applicant may request to review or challenge, or both, his or her examination results. The request must be received by the bureau within 30 days of the postmark on the mailing of results.
N 2.05(5)(c) (c) The cost of a review or challenge, or both, of results shall be paid by the applicant, as established by the national council and s. SPS 4.05.
N 2.05(6) (6)Failure and reexamination. An applicant who fails to earn a passing score on the examination for licensure may be scheduled for reexamination.
N 2.05 Note Note: A list of all current examination fees may be obtained at no charge from the Office of Examinations, Department of Safety and Professional Services, 1400 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708.
N 2.05 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1984, No. 339, eff. 4-1-84; am. (4) (b), Register, May, 1990, No. 413, eff. 6-1-90; am. (2) (a), (b), (5) (b) and (c), r. and recr. (2) (c), renum. (6) (a) to be (6) and am., r. (6) (b), Register, December, 1993, No. 456, eff. 1-1-94; am. (6), Register, June, 1994, No. 462, eff. 7-1-94; correction in (5) (c) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
N 2.06 N 2.06 Temporary permits.
N 2.06(1)(1) Eligibility.
N 2.06(1)(a)(a) An applicant for R.N. licensure or L.P.N. licensure who has graduated from a board-approved school of professional or practical nursing, and who has paid the fee specified in s. 440.05 (6), Stats., may be eligible for a temporary permit to practice. To maintain eligibility, an applicant shall schedule and take the examination prior to the expiration date of the temporary permit. Exceptions may be granted in hardship cases, if an affidavit is filed with the board identifying the hardship. Except as provided in par. (b), an applicant for a temporary permit shall schedule and take the examination prior to the expiration date of the temporary permit.
N 2.06(1)(b) (b) An applicant for a temporary permit who is unable to take or complete a scheduled examination prior to the expiration of the temporary permit because of an unforeseen hardship, including but not limited to illness of the applicant, the illness or death of a family member of the applicant, an accident or a natural disaster, may renew the temporary permit for 3 months if the applicant files an affidavit with the board identifying the reason that the applicant was unable to take or complete the scheduled examination.
N 2.06(2) (2)Supervision required. The holder of a temporary permit shall not practice beyond the scope of the license the holder is seeking to obtain. The holder is required to practice under the direct supervision of an R.N.
N 2.06(3) (3)Title.
N 2.06(3)(a)(a) Registered nurse applicants. Only an applicant for R.N. licensure who holds a valid permit under this section or s. N 3.05 (4) (a) may use the title "graduate nurse" or the letters "G.N."
N 2.06(3)(b) (b) Licensed practical nurse applicants. Only an applicant for L.P.N. licensure who holds a valid permit under this section or s. N 3.05 (4) (b) may use the title "graduate practical nurse" or the letters "G.P.N."
N 2.06(4) (4)Duration. The duration of temporary permits granted by the board is for a period of 3 months or until the holder receives failing examination results, whichever is shorter. The permit of a candidate who is unsuccessful on the examination is void upon receipt of the examination results by the holder and shall be returned by the holder to the board immediately. Failure to return the permit promptly shall, without further notice or process, result in a board order to revoke the permit.
N 2.06(5) (5)Denial. A temporary permit may be denied any applicant for any of the reasons in sub. (6) for which the board may revoke a temporary permit or for the misrepresentation of being a registered nurse or graduate nurse, or a licensed practical nurse or graduate practical nurse.
N 2.06(6) (6)Revocation. A temporary permit may, after notice and hearing, be revoked by the board for any of the following reasons:
N 2.06(6)(a) (a) Violation of any of the rules of conduct for registered nurses or licensed practical nurses set forth in ch. N 7.
N 2.06(6)(b) (b) Failure to pay the required fees under s. 440.05 (6), Stats.
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