The RN Re-entry Program has been approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing to provide the individualized combination of 40 hours of independent study relevant to nursing and 160 hours of supervised nursing practice required by the Board for reinstatement of licensure as a registered professional nurse.
This nurse re-entry program has been designed for those nurses who are presently ineligible for reinstatement of their license because the license has lapsed or has been inactive. Nurses who have active licenses returning to direct patient care who have not worked in the clinical area for some time may also benefit from this program.
Who does this apply to?
- RNs who have an active GA nursing license but have not practiced nursing for four or more years and want to refresh their knowledge base and nursing skills in preparation to reenter the nursing profession in a clinical setting
- RNs who want to reinstate their GA nursing license by completing a required Board-approved reentry/refresher program
- RNs who have an active nursing license in another state but need to complete a required Board approved reentry/refresher program to apply for a GA nursing license
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The 40 hours of study relevant to nursing must be completed before beginning the 160 hours of supervised nursing practice. Upon completion of the 160 hours of supervised nursing practice, verification of this will be sent to the Board to support the reinstatement of RN licensure. Before the clinical time begins, the applicant must provide the following information to the RN Reentry Coordinator:
- A physical examination within the past six months indicating a good state of health
- Documentation of a 2-step TB skin test unless documentation is provided of annual TB skin testing or documentation of a negative Quantiferon or TSpot test. If past history of positive TB skin test, then a chest x-ray within the past 12 months (some facilities may require 6 months) with results within normal limits is required.
- MMR -Two doses or documentation of positive Measles, Mumps and Rubella titers.
- Documentation of Tdap within the last 10 years. Td alone is not sufficient.
- Varicella Vaccination two doses, or documented history of Chicken Pox disease or Varicella titer.
- Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
- Active malpractice liability insurance ($1,000,000 each incident, $4,000,000 aggregate).
- Active accidental health insurance (medical coverage)
- Complete the Hepatitis B Series or show proof of immunity.
- May be other requirements based on the institution’s policies and procedures.
For more information about reinstatement of a Georgia RN license, please read our Nurse ReEntry Program Q&A. You can also go to the Georgia Board of Nursing website.
Kristie C. Washington, RN, BSN
RN ReEntry/Continuing Education Coordinator