Camarillo, CA asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: Under what circumstance(s) may I work as a nurse practitioner in California if I do not have a National Certification?

I graduated from UCLA school of nursing with masters degree in nursing with specialization in family nurse practitioner in 1999. I worked at the County hospital in my community since that time.

National Certification did not exist in 1999 ….

can I be ‘grandfathered’ in to continue working now?

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, nurse practitioners who graduated before January 1, 2001, and did not obtain national certification may be eligible to continue practicing without national certification if they meet certain requirements outlined in Business and Professions Code Section 2838.1. This includes having a master's or higher degree in nursing and having practiced as a nurse practitioner in California for a specified number of hours prior to January 1, 2005. It's advisable to review the specific criteria and consult with the California Board of Registered Nursing or an attorney familiar with healthcare regulations for a comprehensive assessment of your eligibility and options.

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