The Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion adopted rules in WAC 246840200 through 260 for an indepen­dent contin­uing compe­tency program effec­tive January 2011 and recently updated effec­tive January 2016.

Regis­tered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) are required to keep documen­ta­tion showing at least 531 hours of active practice and 45 clock hours of contin­uing educa­tion within a three-year cycle. The first cycle starts on your first birthday after initial licen­sure. You must attest every three years to reflect you have met the require­ments for both practice and contin­uing educa­tion. Do not send documen­ta­tion to the Nursing Commis­sion in support of the attes­ta­tions unless notified of an audit via your renewal notice.

License renewals will continue to be annual. The Nursing Commis­sion sends a courtesy renewal notice to RNs and LPNs 90 days prior to license expira­tion. The renewal notice will indicate the contin­uing compe­tency due date. You can also check the due date online using Provider Creden­tial Search.

Notice: You will see the attes­ta­tion on your renewal notice when your renewal cycle ends. It is your respon­si­bility to inform the Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion of any change in address, email and telephone number, whether renewing or not. 


Practice hours

The Commis­sion defines active practice” as engage­ment in paid, unpaid or volun­teer activity performing acts requiring a nursing license. Active practice is not limited to the provi­sion of direct patient care. The Commis­sion recog­nizes that nurses use their nursing knowl­edge in a variety of positions and roles. There are many oppor­tu­ni­ties within the nursing profes­sion to provide volun­teer services. 

Need practice hours? Look here for volun­teer opportunities!


Get organized

record-keeper

The WSNA Contin­uing Compe­tency Record Keeper Kit will help you keep track of your documents verifying compli­ance with the new NCQAX licen­sure renewal requirements. 

This kit is flexibly designed to enable you to create a record keeping folder that fits your needs. Select the tab dividers (included) that are perti­nent to your practice / educa­tion, and use them with the record keeper folder to create a customized kit for storing the impor­tant documents that verify your compli­ance with Washington state’s contin­uing compe­tency requirements. 

Cost: $10.