(1) Persons educated outside the United States who are currently licensed in their country as advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurse midwives or registered nurse anesthetists and who are applying for ARNP licensure in Washington, must meet the following requirements:
(a) Hold current registered nurse and ARNP licenses that are not subject to sanctions or restrictions by a foreign nurse licensing agency;
(b) Have a certificate or credential from a commission approved credential evaluating service verifying that the educational program completed by the applicant is equivalent to the advanced registered nurse education identified in WAC 246-840-455
(c) Have been practicing in direct patient care as a licensed nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife or certified nurse anesthetist in his or her country for at least two hundred fifty hours of direct patient services within the two years prior to the date of application for ARNP licensure; and
(d) Be certified as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or registered nurse anesthetist by a commission approved certification program.
(2) The applicant must:
(a) Obtain registered nurse licensure as identified in WAC 246-840-045
(b) Submit a completed ARNP application to the commission;
(c) Submit the application fee as specified in WAC 246-840-990
(d) Submit a certificate or credential from a commission approved credential evaluating service;
(e) Request the commission approved certification program as identified in WAC 246-840-302
(3) to send official documentation of certification directly to the commission; and
(f) Submit evidence of at least two hundred fifty hours of direct patient care services as an advanced practice nurse within the two years prior to the date of application for ARNP licensure. The two hundred fifty hours may include teaching advanced nursing practice if the faculty member is providing patient care or serving as a preceptor.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.010, [18.79.]050,[18.79.]110 , and [18.79.]210. 09-01-060, § 246-840-344, filed 12/11/08, effective 1/11/09.]