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Change in Georgia law could delay RN licensure in 2012

Posted almost 6 years ago by Laura Searcy

Posted by Laura Searcy UAPRN Health Policy Director

Change in Georgia law could delay RN licensure in 2012
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced that beginning January 1, 2012, all Georgia RN license holders must provide at least one secure, verifiable document to confirm all applicants’ (initial licensure & renewal) legal presence in the U.S.  Secretary Kemp’s office estimates the additional administrative steps require by the new law (House Bill 87) could delay the issuance of initial and renewal licenses by an additional 90-120 days. 
 
***To avoid delay in the issuance/renewal of your RN license, the Georgia Nurses Association encourages all Georgia registered nurses seeking an initial license or license renewal to begin the process immediately.  RNs who must renew their licenses by January 31, 2012 can avoid delay by renewing prior to December 31, 2011, and should consider beginning the renewal process immediately.***
 
In an effort to inform all RNs in Georgia of this potential delay, GNA has spoken out in several recent media stories on the matter.  Follow the links below to view the media stories.
 
Licensed jobs hit in new immigration law
By Jeremy Redmon
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Saturday, November 5, 2011
 
Immigration License Delay
By Mike Paluska
CBS News Atlanta
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
 
Cambios en Georgia a raiz de la HB 87
By Omar Garcia
Univision 34 Atlanta
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
 
Mark Your Calendar for GNA’s 2012 Legislative Day
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Virtual Learning & Nurse Advocacy at the Capitol
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
Be sure to mark your calendars for GNA’s 2012 Legislative Day event at the State Capitol, which will be held Thursday, January 26, 2012.  GNA members, nursing students & educators and Georgia registered nurses are once again encouraged to participate in the event.  Faculty and/or group leader registration for nursing students will again be on a first-come, first-served, space-limited basis.  Group registration is coming soon to http://www.georgianurses.org/legislativelobbyday.htm.
 
Poll: More Americans likely to go without care due to costs
Forty-two percent of 1,200 U.S. adults with health conditions did not receive needed care due to medical costs compared with one to 14 percent of adults from 10 other countries, according to a recent Commonwealth Fund survey.  Researchers found that 51 percent of the U.S. respondents with health problems who were younger than 65 had gone untreated due to costs compared with 19 percent of those 65 and older, who have Medicare.  The phone survey involved more than 18,000 adults from high-income countries.  Click HERE to read the full article.
 

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