All RN licenses expire on December 31, 2010. The RN renewal period is from October 1, 2010, to December 31, 2010. If a license is renewed after December 28, 2010, the online licensure verification system may not reflect the current status of the license until January 4, 2011, due to the New Year's holiday. With this is mind, please encourage your nursing staff to renew as soon as possible within the renewal period to avoid last minute anxiety and unforeseen difficulties.
In addition, the Mississippi Board of Nursing has implemented a paperless licensure system. License wallet cards will no longer be distributed. You may check the licensure status of your nursing staff by using the board’s online license verification.
The Mississippi Board of Nursing’s web site, www.msbn.state.ms.us, provides primary source verification and is considered to be more secure than paper licenses. The online license verification is the mechanism that you should use to verify a license. The following information can be retrieved free of charge from the online license verification:
• License Number
• First & Last Name
• Type of License (RN or LPN)
• Advanced Practice Status (CRNA, FNP, CNMW)
• Discipline (If discipline is indicated additional information can be made available upon request and for an additional charge of $20.00).
• Compact (Multi-state) Privilege (A Multi-state privilege means the nurse has privilege to work in any compact state using their Mississippi license).
• Status of License (Active, Lapsed, Inactive, etc.)
• Expiration Date
• Original Issue Date
Note: The online licensure verification system is not real time; therefore changes will not immediately appear. During renewal, it is important to remember that the online license verification is not real time. Meaning if a renewal is completed online it will appear not to be updated immediately. Renewal data is typically uploaded within 1 to 2 business days. Please allow 1 to 2 business days for the updated licensure data to appear.
Reminder: Practicing with a lapsed license constitutes practicing without a license. Therefore, strongly encourage your nursing staff to renew as early as possible to avoid confusion that may result in staffing issues.