San Francisco, CA asked in Health Care Law for California

Q: I am a registered nurse, but my current job does not require an RN license. Do I have to keep my license current?

My employer is saying that because I use expertise from a nursing education/experience, I have to keep my nursing license current. I do not provide direct patient care, nor does my job description require a clinical license.

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Kevin Christopher Murphy
Kevin Christopher Murphy
  • La Mesa, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You are not required to maintain active RN licensure in CA but it is "best practices" to put your license on Inactive Status if you are not completing continuing education (maintaining clinical competency) and are not working under your RN license. However, many RNs prefer to keep their licenses active for employment opportunities and other factors and continue to pay annual dues while renewing every 2 years.

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