Governor Lee issued executive order # 15, https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/execorders-lee15.pdf, which has provisions applicable to nursing.
The relevant provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Titles 63 and 68, and related rules are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to give the Commissioner of Health the discretion to allow a health care professional who is licensed in another state, and who would otherwise be subject to the licensing requirements under Title 63 or Title 68, to engage in the practice of such individual’s profession in Tennessee, if such individual is a health care professional who is assisting in the medical response to COVID-19, including treating routine or other medical conditions. The Commissioner of Health shall provide the requisite form for practicing under this Paragraph on the Department of Health’s Health Professional Boards webpage.
An application for Health Professional Practice by Executive Order may be found at: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novelcoronavirus/Boards-Executive-Order-Form.pdf
The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-7-123, Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1000-04-.04, Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-06-.01 through Tenn. Comp. R.& Regs. 0880-06-.03, and Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1050-02-.15 are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to relieve nurse practitioners who have been issued a certificate of fitness to write and sign prescriptions or issue drugs from the following requirements: ( 1) filing a notice with the Board of Nursing containing the name of the nurse practitioner, the name of the licensed physician collaborating with the nurse practitioner, and a copy of the formulary describing the categories of legend and non-legend drugs to be prescribed or issued by the nurse practitioner; (2) having charts reviewed; and (3) having remote sites visited by collaborating physicians every thirty (30) days.
APRNs may continue to apply for an APRN certificate
APRNs holding a Certificate of Fitness do not have to file a Notice and Formulary, have charts reviewed or have site visits by their collaborating physician through May 18, 2020.
The relevant provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Titles 63 and 68, and related rules are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to extend the current expiration dates for health care professionals and facilities to renew their license, certificate, or registration set to expire between March 12, 2020, and the date on which this Order terminates for three (3) months, during which time the holder of each license, certification, or registration may continue to legally operate or practice their profession. No fines or penalties shall be assessed or collected if the holder of such license, certification, or registration practices or operates during this extended period. Any renewal application received by the Tennessee Department of Health within three (3) months of the expiration date of the license, certificate, or registration shall be accepted as timely. When each license, certificate, or registration is renewed, its new expiration date shall be twenty-four (24) months after the expiration date it had prior to this Order.
Renewal expiration dates are extended as follows: Current Expiration Date New Expiration Date per Executive Order March 31, 2020 June 30, 2020 April 30, 2020 July 31, 2020
Applicants are encouraged to renew online prior to their new expiration date