Temporary Permits Available for Recent Former Nurses
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 14, 2020
There’s a new initiative to aid Wyoming’s healthcare providers.
The Wyoming State Board of Nursing is allowing APRNs, RNs, LPNs, and CNAs who may have retired, let their licenses lapse, or placed their licenses on an inactive status to get a temporary permit, provided their last renewal period ended after December 31, 2016.
Cynthia Labonde, the Executive Director of the Board of Nursing, says that their goal is to make this approval process fast and easy for any inactive nurses who qualify for the permit. All it takes is an online application, which will be reviewed and a permit issued within 24 hours. The process is entirely free and it valid for up to 6 months, depending on the duration of the state emergency or the recommendation of the state and federal governments.
Labonde says that the reason for this is simple – they’re aware of the needs of our healthcare providers with the influx of COVID-19 cases in our regional hospitals. This is one way to alleviate the pressure and demands they face. They want additional relief for the already exhausted doctors and nurses.
They’ve already had one person apply for the temporary permit – it took an hour for their application to be reviewed and the permit approved.