Shortage of Nursing

On March 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed the Coronavirus Omnibus Legislation HB197, suspending for the period of COVID-19 emergency, the law requiring and applicant for licensure by examination to have passed the national standardized licensure examination approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (Board). This law will potentially place 4,000 to 5,000 additional health care providers in the workforce.
FCSON Graduates from the Practical and Registered Nursing programs are able to be licensed on a temporary basis provided they have completed the following:
• Criminal Records Check (FBI/BCI)
The License will be valid until whichever of the following dates occurs first:
• The date that is ninety days after December 1, 2020
• The date that is ninety days after the duration of the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D.
Please also be advised that although a NCLEX examination pass is not required during the emergency period, there are still some testing sites for taking the NCLEX exams open on a limited basis. However, most testing sites may be limited. FCSON graduates who were previously presented to the Ohio Board of Nursing should work to complete the application for licensure.

Shortage of Nursing

Additional information on pursuing RN with FCSON
According to The American Nurses Association (ANA), there will be more registered nurse jobs available through 2022 than any other profession in the United States. According to an article in the Nursing Times, The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11 million additional nurses are needed to avoid a further shortage. Employment opportunities for nurses are projected to grow at a faster rate (15%) than all other occupations from 2016 through 2026.
Because of both the current and projected shortage of nurses, FCSON encourages all Practical Nursing and LPN to RN Bridge Nursing graduates to continue your studies into the AAS program with FCSON in hopes of placing additional health care workers in the future. More information can be obtained from: or 614-781-1085.

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