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Alaska Board of Nursing

Public Notices: Emergency Regulations

Proposed Regulation Changes

Proposed Regulations Changes

The Board of Nursing proposes to make permanent regulation changes made by emergency regulation regarding standards of practice for telehealth.

Written comments deadline: 4:30 p.m. on June 15, 2020.


On May 6, 2020, the Board of Nursing adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in 12 AAC 44.770, .925, and .990, dealing with standards of practice for telehealth. The emergency regulation took effect on May 7, 2020 and will expire September 3, 2020. The Board intends to make the emergency regulation permanent. Please click HERE to see the filed emergency regulation version.

2020 RN/LPN License Renewal Requirements

On May 6 the Alaska State Board of Nursing per authority of SB241 Sec. 6 (b)(2) decreased the 2020 license renewal requirement to provide 30 hours of continuing education to 15 hours of continuing education for both licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. The Board also waived the professional activity hours under audit requirements of 12 AAC 44.610.- 12 AAC 44.620. for the September 30, 2020 and November 30, 2020, license renewal.

For guidance on this topic visit the CBPL COVID-19 Information Page.

Temporary Permits & Courtesy Licenses

On April 16, 2020, the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in 12 AAC 02.280 regarding waiving the temporary permit and courtesy license fees for LPNs, RNs, and APRNs. Please click HERE to see the filed emergency regulation version.

Emergency Nursing Courtesy License

On April 6, 2020, the Alaska Board of Nursing adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in 12 AAC 44.318 dealing with courtesy license. The emergency regulation took effect on April 10, 2020, and will expire August 7, 2020. Please click HERE to see the filed emergency regulation version.

To apply for the Emergency Nursing Courtesy License, choose one of the options available below:

Nurse Aide Certification Renewal Date Extension

On March 20, 2020, the Board of Nursing adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in 12 AAC 44.815, Issuance and renewal of certification. The emergency regulation deals with extension of the biennial nurse aide certification (CNA) renewal date. The CNA expiration renewal date has been extended to July 23, 2020 to allow healthcare worker availability during this public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency regulation changes were filed by the Lieutenant Governor on March 26, 2020, and takes effect immediately. Please click HERE to see the filed emergency regulation version.

COVID-19 Fee Notice:

The division director has determined that license fees will not be increased during the COVID-19 emergency. If you have comments or questions about this decision, please email .

NLC Notice:

Nurse Licensure Compact legislation could be instrumental in dealing with nurse staffing in disaster situations.

Press Release: Help Alaska Join the Nurse Licensure Compact

NLC Licensure Compact Infographic

Alaska Board of Nursing Mission

The mission of the Alaska Board of Nursing is to actively promote and protect the health of the citizens of Alaska through the safe and effective practice of nursing as defined by law.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out the laws governing the practice of Nursing and the work of Nurse Aides in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary action against people who violate the licensing laws.

The Board meets four times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting.

We encourage you to review and use the various options presented on this website.

NEW Online application

The Alaska Board of Nursing is pleased to offer a new online application process for Registered Nurses applying by Endorsement. The application may be filed through your MyAlaska account, and is submitted directly to staff. As your application is processed, you will be able to see real time updates as documents are received and reviewed by staff. You will also have the ability to upload some of the required documents. Online applications will be launched for other license types as soon as they are available.

Please review the instructions for filing an Initial Application online via MY LICENSE.

New Requirements in Effect as of July 1, 2018

  • If you hold a current DEA registration, 2 hours of education in pain management and opioid use and addiction in the two year renewal period is required. These must be submitted to the division to renew your license.
  • If you are applying for or hold a DEA registration, you must register for the PDMP after receiving your DEA number.

Important PDMP Fee Notice

The division reviewed all public comments relating to the proposed fees for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Originally proposed at $50.00 for initial registration and renewal, the fee amounts have since been reassessed and reduced. Effective April 22, 2018 and required by 12 AAC 02.107, a $25.00 initial and $25.00 renewal registration fee will be required by all pharmacists who dispense and practitioners who prescribes, administers, or directly dispenses a schedule II – IV controlled substance before initial or continued access to the database is granted. Submission of PDMP registration fees will be integrated into the license renewal process; no PDMP fees are due from existing users prior to April 22, 2018. Please click here for PDMP fee FAQs and click here to review the regulation filing notification.

Proposed Regulations FAQs: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Controlled Substance Prescription Database Registration Fees

PDMP Registration Requirements for Prescribers and Pharmacists

Comprehensive Guide to PDMP Requirements and Effective Dates

PDMP Web Page: Register | Sign In | Submit Data | Find Information

Joint Committee on Prescriptive Guidelines Report to Alaska State Legislature

Learn more about reducing addiction at: Opioids.Alaska.Gov

Board of Nursing Discipline Database

The Board of Nursing Disciplinary Actions are now available to view online

Board of Nursing Advisory Opinions

The Board of Nursing Advisory Opinions are now available to view online

Questions about interpreting regulations or practice?

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Board of Nursing Listserv Now Available

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  • meeting agendas
  • meeting minutes
  • position statements
  • notice of regulation changes

You may cancel your subscription at any time. You are subscribing to a group email for informal communications from the Board of Nursing.

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