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Is it possible to reactivate a license after seven and a half years? Will I be required to take the exam again?

Tuesday February 19, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I have not worked as a nurse for seven and a half years. I was injured, and the side effects of medication affected my memory. I let my Pennsylvania license lapse. Is it possible to reactivate my license? Will I be required to take the NCLEX again?

Lapsed Licensee

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Lapsed Licensee,

To reactivate your RN license in Pennsylvania, you will have to call the board of nursing directly at 717-783-7142. They will take your information and advise you about what is required. You will not necessarily have to retake NCLEX, but you might be required to take a nurse refresher course. These things often are decided on a case-by-case basis, so make that call.

Best wishes,

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