COVID-19 Pandemic and Professional Practice - Important Information for Licensees Impacted by COVID-19

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

NYSED recognizes that the recent pandemic has caused numerous hardships for the citizens of New York, including professional licensees. In response to the COVID-19 emergency disaster, Governor Cuomo has issued a number of Executive Orders (EOs) that impact licensed professionals. Please continue to monitor the Office of the Professions’ COVID-19 website for updated guidance. There is a section for FAQ to assist on LPN, RN, MD and multiple licensed disciplines’ questions.

One of the key questions, NYSHFA/NYSCAL members have been asking relates to an Executive Order (EO) from the Governor (202.10) containing information about licensed nurses who are not registered to practice. SED posted the following information:

Section 6502 of the Education Law and 8 NYCRR 59.8, to the extent necessary to allow registered professional nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners licensed and in current good standing in New York State but not registered in New York State to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of registration; 

If licensees wish to re-activate inactive licenses and/or wish to register a lapsed registration, they must take an Infection Control course from a NYS approved provider, and call or contact NYSED Registration/Fees Department at 518-474-3817, Ext. 410, or email the department at opregfee@nysed.gov. If they are more than 4 months past the expiration date of their last registration date, they will be sent a paper registration form to complete and send back to NYSED.  

Below are additional SED updates related to the Governor’s Executive Order: 

EO# 202.10 

  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to the extent necessary to provide that all physicians, physician assistants, specialist assistants, nurse practitioners, licensed registered professional nurses and licensed practical nurses shall be immune from civil liability for any injury or death alleged to have been sustained directly as a result of an act or omission by such medical professional in the course of providing medical services in support of the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, unless it is established that such injury or death was caused by the gross negligence of such medical professional; 
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to the extent necessary to allow respiratory therapists licensed and in current good standing in any state in the United States to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of licensure;
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to the extent necessary to allow physician’s assistants licensed and in current good standing in New York State but not registered in New York State to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of registration;
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to the extent necessary to allow registered professional nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners licensed and in current good standing in New York State but not registered in New York State to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of registration;

EO #202.5

  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to allow registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners licensed and in current good standing in any state in the United States to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of licensure.

For full information go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19.html

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16