Indiana State Board of Nursing
Important notice regarding changes to the law affecting continuing education requirements for health care practitioners
Effective July 1, 2019 pursuant to Senate Enrolled Act 225, new continuing education requirements for licensed health care practitioners who apply for a controlled substances registration are established. A licensed health care practitioner who is licensed by a board under IC 25-1-9 and applies for registration or reregistration for controlled substances must have completed two (2) hours of continuing education during the previous two (2) years addressing the topic of opioid prescribing and opioid abuse.
Continuing education requirements expire July 1, 2025. For more information on Senate Enrolled Act 225 please visit the Indiana General Assembly website at iga.in.gov.
Important notice regarding changes to the law affecting controlled substance prescribing and INSPECT
In light of upcoming changes to the statute regarding the use of the INSPECT database when making treatment and prescribing decisions, please review the information below:
- Registration for the INSPECT database: IC 35-48-7-11.3
- Beginning January 1, 2019, a practitioner who is permitted to distribute, dispense, prescribe, conduct research with respect to, or administer ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or a controlled substance in the course of the practitioner's professional practice or research in the United States must be certified under section 11.1(d)(4) of this chapter to receive information from the INSPECT program.
- Mandatory Query of the INSPECT database in certain instances: IC 35-48-7-11.1
- Beginning July 1, 2018, A practitioner who has had the information from the database integrated into the patient's electronic health records.
- Beginning January 1, 2019, a practitioner who provides services to the patient in the emergency department of a hospital licensed under IC 16-21 or a pain management clinic.
- Beginning January 1, 2020, a practitioner who provides services to the patient in a hospital licensed under IC 16-21.
- Beginning January 1, 2021, all practitioners.
Senate Enrolled Act 221 is effective July 1st, 2018 with subsequent rolling effective dates for mandatory query when prescribing in certain circumstances. Following the effective date of the bill, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency will begin an implementation phase and training on the use of the INSPECT program. We are developing a number of outreach tools and education materials focusing on the INSPECT database, and working closely with our partners to reach every practitioner in the state.
The IPLA and its professional boards have always and will continue to demonstrate fairness and collaboration with the professionals they serve. As partner to the professionals of each licensed occupation in the state, it is our intention to remove any obstacles to non-compliance as well as emphasize the use of INSPECT as an easy-to-use and effective tool for clinical decision-making.
We encourage practitioners to take this opportunity to begin instituting any necessary changes now rather than waiting for the relevant effective date. Specifically, we ask that practitioners begin identifying any habits or procedures which can incorporate the INSPECT database, so checks are not missed in the future.
The INSPECT system is an integral tool for patient care and safety. With the Statewide Integration Initiative, INSPECT is now more available to practitioners than ever. We are committed to working in partnership with healthcare professionals to not only comply with the statutory changes, but to do so in the most effective and efficient way possible.
The full text of the bill can be found at the following link: iga.in.gov
For more information or to sign up your facility for the Statewide Integration Initiative, visit the INSPECT website at the following address: https://www.in.gov/pla/inspect
Important Notice Regarding Changes to the Law Affecting Advanced Practice Nurses
Effective July 1st, 2018 pursuant to Senate Enrolled Act 410, the term 'advanced practice nurse' is replaced with 'advanced practice registered nurse' throughout the Indiana Code. The Indiana State Board of Nursing is required to adopt rules concerning educational and certification requirements that an advanced practice registered nurse must meet to be authorized to prescribe legend drugs. The statute also requires an advanced practice nurse who applies for renewal of prescriptive authority under Indiana Code 25-23-1 to maintain national certification or certification equivalence. For more information on Senate Enrolled Act 410 please visit the Indiana General Assembly website at iga.in.gov.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
Advanced Practice Nurse
Controlled Substance Registration (CSR)
Collaborative Practice Agreement Cover Sheet - Updates or changes to agreements may be emailed to CPA2@pla.in.gov
Application for Indiana Controlled Substances Registration (CSR) for Practitioners
Criminal Background Check Information
Verification of Out of State Licensure Form
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Indiana State Board of Nursing
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Aaron Harshman, Director
Keri Reed, Assistant Director of Pre-Licensure
Lorrie Ruble, Customer Service Representative
Dawn Shaffer, Customer Service Representative
Alma Steeb, Customer Service Representative
Megan Mendoza-Calix, Customer Service Representative
Amber Shover, Customer Service Representative
Shannon Scott, Customer Service Representative
DeNita Adams, Customer Service Representative
Carri Burke, Director of Compliance
Toni Herron, RN, Education Compliance Officer
Deanne Bullman, Compliance Officer
Kimberly Oakley, Compliance Officer
Lisa Chapman, Litigation Coordinator
Rebecca Tinsley, Litigation Specialist
Staff Phone: 317-234-2043
Staff Fax: 317-233-4236
Staff Email: pla2@pla.IN.gov