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Maintain Licensure Eligibility

To maintain eligibility for licensure a registered psychiatric nurse must:

     
  1. work in psychiatric nursing activities approved by the Association for at least 1400 hours in the five-year period immediately preceding the date of application for the year in which licensure is sought, and
  2. hold a practicing membership with the Association or a regulatory body recognized by the Association while working in approved psychiatric nursing activities for these hours to contribute to eligibility for licensure; or
  3. have graduated from an RPNAS approved program of psychiatric nursing within four years immediately preceding date of application for renewal of active status; or
  4. successfully complete a re-entry program approved by council within four years immediately preceding date of application for renewal of active status.
Job descriptions shall be obtained when necessary to evaluate eligibility of hours to count as practice hours. The determination of activities that constitute registered psychiatric nursing practice hours rests with the Association.  Only actual hours worked will be considered for practice hours. No “on call” or travel time, or leave of any type (vacation, leave of absence, maternity, education, disability) may be calculated as hours worked for each and all employers. Volunteer and education hours may be considered as practice hours in accordance with legislation and policies. Requests must be made in writing to the Registrar in advance of the activity.