EMSA Out-of-State Authorization Ending
The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has adopted policies and procedures governing the use of out-of-state medical personnel to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation on March 4, 2020. Pursuant to Executive Order N-21-21, the EMSA Out of State medical personnel authorization approval has been extended to March 31, 2022.
Once EMSA Out of State Authorization Approval ends on March 31, 2022, all EMSA Nurses and medical personnel will no longer be able to practice in California. The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is urging out-of-state EMSA Nurses to apply now for licensure by endorsement in order to continue practicing in California after March 31, 2022. Complete endorsement applications are processed in the order they are received; however once submitted to the BRN, EMSA Nurses can immediately apply for a Temporary License that is valid for six months, allowing nurses to practice in California while their endorsement application is being processed.
For Healthcare providers and employers in California: if you have employed nurses through EMSA provisions that are set to expire on March 31, 2022, your staff must be licensed in California if they are to continue working once EMSA provisions end. The BRN is urging all providers and employers to notify their EMSA nurses of this information and encourage them to apply for licensure by endorsement with the BRN. It is imperative that providers and employers notify nurses to apply for Temporary Licensure immediately after submitting a complete endorsement license application. The BRN’s Temporary License is valid for six months and will allow your EMSA staff to continue practicing California after EMSA Out-of-State Authorizations end on March 31, 2022.
Please share this information along with the BRN’s Processing Times for both Endorsement and Temporary License Applications.