Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Nursing

The Montana Board of Nursing is pleased to share with you the licensing and regulatory information for Montana nursing and medication aide licensees. You can also access the schedule of the Board of Nursing meetings, view frequently asked questions, and apply for appointment to the Board.

Note: Nurse license renewals for RNs, APRNs, and LPNs are in 2018.

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

Effective Oct 1, 2015, Montana joined the NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact) allowing all MT unencumbered licensees with a primary residence of MT to be eligible for a multi-state license. MT Licensees with a primary state of residence in a non-compact state will continue to hold a single state MT license. MT licensees with a primary state of residence in a compact state, can use their compact license to practice in MT. To see the status of a licensee, go to  NURSYS look-up system: www.nursys.com (Quick Confirm). For more information about the NLC go to www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact 

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) Effective 1/19/2018

Please click on the links for more specific information on the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC): Montana Nurse, Montana Employer, and Montana Faculty.

eNLC Employer Webinar Forums

For information on the new eNLC go to www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.  For the final rules, adopted December 12, 2017, go to: eNLC Final Rules.

Board of Nursing Online Education Modules

Earn free contact hours online at your own pace while learning about the MT Board of Nursing statutes, administrative rules, complaint and discipline process, delegation and more. 

Visit Online Modules MT Board of Nursing

Contact Information

General Questions or Comments for the Board
Phone: (406) 841-2300
Email: nurse@mt.gov

Application or licensing questions contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email: UnitB@mt.gov

Renewal questions, verifications to other states, address changes and name changes:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email: UnitA@mt.gov

Continuing education questions and information contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email: Audit@mt.gov

Complaint information, information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact: 
Phone: (406) 841-2238
Email: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

Board Management:
Missy Poortenga, MHA, BSN, RN, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2380
Email: melissa.poortenga@mt.gov

Board Events

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings 

Effective October 20, 2012 the official minutes are a recording of the meeting.  To listen to meeting discussions:

  • Open the time-stamped Agenda.  (Please note: Once the time-stamped, written Minutes are approved by the Board, they will replace the posted Agenda).   
  • Review the Agenda for the discussion topics you are interested in.
  • Open the Minutes (recording/audio file). 
  • After the audio file fully loads, move the slider bar to go to the time of the discussion and listen. 

The Board of Nursing schedules meetings quarterly to discuss Board Business and items of interest. Quarterly Board meetings are held in open form, and the public is encouraged to attend. The agenda for the meeting is posted online at least one week prior to the meeting. If you would like to request that an item be placed on a Board agenda, please contact the board at nurse@mt.gov.

The Screening Panel meets every 6 weeks to review complaints made to the Board. These meetings are generally not held in open forum and are closed to the public. If you would like further information regarding Screening Panel meetings, please contact the compliance department at (406) 841-2238 or dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov.


 

Board Members

Nine individuals are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation to serve on the Board of Nursing. Montana law requires that board members must include: five RNs - with one RN also licensed as an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), two LPNs, and two public members. Members serve staggered 4 year terms and may not be appointed for more than two consecutive terms.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at nurse@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, visit  Office of the Governor - Boards

N. Gregory Kohn, Public Member, President, Billings
Sandy Sacry, RN, Whitehall
Laureli Scribner, APRN, Roundup
Joyce Dombrouski, RN, Missoula
Sharon Sweeney Fee, RN, Livingston
Lanette Perkins, RN, Helena
D. Yolonda Schulz, LPN, Deer Lodge
Shari Brownback, LPN, Helena
Tom Glover, Public Member, Great Falls

Board of Nursing

Montana requires individuals engaged in the practice of nursing to be licensed. Individuals apply to the Montana Board of Nursing for licensure. The Board evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met.

Applicants applying for a nursing license must meet the educational and testing requirements set by Montana law or in administrative rule.

Questions about your application? Call 406-444-5711

Fingerprint Background Check:
Effective Oct 1, 2015, fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure as: Registered Nurse (RN), Practical Nurse (LPN), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Medication Aide I and II. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process Fingerprint Instructions.

Please note: If you currently hold an RN/LPN license with a Multistate privilege in a Compact state, you do not need a license in Montana to practice. If you are changing your primary state of residence to Montana, you will need to apply for a license in Montana.

Lookup a Licensee: Learn who is licensed as a nurse in Montana through the use of the national nursing database Nursys.com (Quick Confirm).

LPN

License by Credentialing - If you have an active Nursing license from another state.  Credentialing is also referred to as Endorsement in the Board of Nursing rules.

Checklist for License by Credentialing


License by Examination -   If you are a Nursing graduate and not licensed in other states.

Checklist for License by Examination

 

You are required to pay an additional fee to take the NCLEX-PN.

NCLEX Testing Accommodations: To request NCLEX testing accommodations, Process for Testing Accommodations 

 

Please note: If you currently hold an LPN license with a Multistate privilege in a Compact state, you do not need a license in Montana to practice. If you are changing your primary state of residence to Montana, you will need to apply for a license in Montana.

 

Renewal Period: All Montana nursing licenses renew December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

 

Renewal Fee: $100.00

 

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years due by the time of license renewal. A random audit of licensees will be performed.


 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RN

License by Credentialing if you have an active Nursing license from another state.  Also referred to as ENDORSEMENT in the Board of Nursing rules.

Checklist for License by Credentialing

License by Examination -  If you are a Nursing graduate and not licensed in other states.

Checklist for License by Examination

You are required to pay an additional fee to take the NCLEX-RN

NCLEX Testing Accommodations: To request NCLEX testing accommodations, Process to Request Accommodations 

Please note: If you currently hold an RN license with a Multistate privilege in a Compact state, you do not need a license in Montana to practice. If you are changing your primary state of residence to Montana, you will need to apply for a license in Montana.

Renewal Period: All Montana nursing licenses renew December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

Renewal Fee: $100.00

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years due by the time of license renewal. A random audit of licensees will be performed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

APRN

 

The following outlines Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions. Note: A separate application is needed for Prescriptive Authority.

Checklist for APRN license

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

For a current list of APRN National Certifying Bodies.

 
Renewal Period: All Montana nursing licenses renew December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.
 
Renewal Fee: $50.00 per APRN certification type.
 

Continuing Education: Must complete 24 contact hours of continuing education during each 2 year license renewal period.  A random audit of licensees will be performed.  (See rule 24.159.1469).

 

Prescriptive Authority

The following outlines Prescriptive Authority licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions.

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

 

  1. Application Fee: $100.00
  2. Initial Licensure Requirements: (See rule 24.159.1463)
  3. Possess a current Montana RN license with an APRN specialty endorsement application, or applying for an APRN endorsement.
  4. If you have graduated from an accredited program in the last 5 years, submit:
    1. Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course of three semester credits in advanced pharmacology that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
    2. Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course that includes differential diagnosis/disease management.
    3. Evidence of supervised clinical practice that integrates pharmacologic intervention with patient management.
  5. If you have graduated from an accredited program more than 5 years ago, must complete: either a graduate level course of three semester credits or 45 contact hours of continuing education that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
  6. Licensure by Credentialing Requirements: (If you have a prescriptive authority license in another state. Also referred to as ENDORSEMENT in the Board of Nursing rules. See rule 24.159.1418.)
    1. Possess a current Montana RN license, or must submit an RN application with your APRN application.
    2. The applicant is responsible for including evidence of a current unencumbered APRN license with prescriptive authority in another board jurisdiction. (Use the License Verification form).
  7. Renewal Period: All Montana nursing licenses renew December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.
  8. Renewal Fee: $75.00
  9. Continuing Education: (See rule 24.159.1468)
    1. Must complete 12 contact hours of continuing education during each 2 year license renewal period in pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, and/or clinical management of drug therapy.
    2. The prescriptive authority contact hours can be used to satisfy 12 of the required 24 contact hours to renew the general APRN license.

Medication Aide I - Licensed

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions.

Ckecklist for Med Aide I application

Examination Information:  The applicant must successfully pass a Board approved Medication Aide I examination within 12 months of completion of the Medication Aide I training program.  For additional information regarding the examination and proctoring fees, you may contact the testing proctor at Headmaster.
 

Renewal Period:  All Montana Medication Aide I licenses renew March 31st yearly.  Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

Renewal Fee: $20.00

Continuing Education Requirements: None.

Medication Aide II - Licensed

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions.

Checklist for Med Aide II application
 

Examination Information: The applicant must successfully pass a Board approved Medication Aide II examination at 80% or above.  For additional information regarding the examination and proctoring fees, you may contact the testing proctor at Headmaster.
 

Renewal Period: All Montana Medication Aide II licenses renew March 31st yearly.  Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.
 

Renewal Fee: $20.00
 

Continuing Education Requirements: Must complete 12 contact hours of continuing education each annual license renewal period.  The continuing education must be in pharmacology and medication administration.  (See rule 24.159.912).

Medication Aide I Instructor

Medication Aide I Program

NURSYS

NURSYS.com is a national Nurse Licensure Data Source which can be used to view information on licensed nurses in any state including Montana.
 
Licensure QuickConfirm provides online license lookup reports to employers and the general public.

Primary source equivalent: The NURSYS licensure and disciplinary database is the repository of the data provided directly from Montana State Board of Nursing and is primary source equivalent.

What information will I receive in the Licensure QuickConfirm Report?

Employers and the general public can obtain online license lookup reports through Licensure QuickConfirm. It provides:

  • Nurse's Name
  • Licensed Jurisdiction
  • License Type
  • License Number
  • Compact Status (Single State, Multistate, N/A; Not Applicable for Non-Compact States)
  • If License is Active
  • License Original Issue Date
  • License Expiration Date
  • Discipline Against License
  • Discipline Against Privilege to Practice
  • Discipline Board Order if Provided by the Jurisdiction

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Regulations

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to nursing and medication aides are written and adopted by the Board of Nursing. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Nursing continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

Rules Notices are published on the webpage to read the proposed changes before these are adopted and to note when the changes are officially adopted. These notices also give the history and reasoning of the changes. 

Statutes

  • Title 37 - Professions and Occupations (applies to all professions and licensing boards, not just nursing)

  • Chapter 1 - General Provisions (applies to all professions and licensing boards,not just nursing)

  • Title 37 Chapter 2 - General Provisions Relating To Health Care Practitioners

  • Title 2 Chapter 15 Part 17 - Board of Nursing (defines the makeup of the board)

  • Title 37 Chapter 8 - Nursing (specific to nursing, good place to review nursing scope and authority of the board)

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-86

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413 renewal dates

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-85

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.501 definitions, the adoption of New Rule I enhanced nurse licensure compact rules, and the repeal of ARM 24.159.504 issuance of a license by a compact state, 24.159.507 limitations on multistate licensure privilege - discipline, and 24.159.510 information system

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-84

In the matter of the repeal of ARM 24.159.1006 and 24.159.1206 pertaining to direct supervision and standards related to the practical nurse's and registered nurse's role in cosmetic procedures

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-83

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 and 24.159.2104 pertaining to continuing education

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-82

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 definitions, 24.159.1601 purpose, 24.159.1611 criteria for delegation of nursing tasks, 24.159.1625 general nursing functions, and the repeal of 24.159.411 parliamentary authority, 24.159.1036 and 24.159.1236 preparation of licenses, 24.159.1040, 24.159.1240, and 24.159.1430 duplicate or lost licenses, and 24.159.1602, 24.159.1604, 24.159.1605, 24.159.1610, 24.159.1612, 24.159.1616, 24.159.1630, 24.159.1631, 24.159.1636, and 24.159.1640 all relating to nursing delegation

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-81

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.1010 standards related to intravenous (IV) therapy, and the adoption of NEW RULES I through IV related to nurse licensure compact

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-80

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.604, 24.159.605, 24.159.606, 24.159.608, 24.159.609, 24.159.611, 24.159.612, 24.159.625, 24.159.630, 24.159.632, 24.159.635, 24.159.640, 24.159.650, 24.159.655, 24.159.659, 24.159.662, 24.159.665, 24.159.666, and 24.159.670 nursing education programs, the adoption of NEW RULE I waiver of faculty qualifications, and the repeal of ARM 24.159.601, 24.159.615, 24.159.656, 24.159.674, 24.159.677, and 24.159.680 nursing education programs

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-79

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.401 fees, 24.159.403 nonroutine applications, 24.159.906 medication aide II training program curriculum, 24.159.1024, 24.159.1028, and 24.159.1029 licensed practical nurses, 24.159.1224, 24.159.1228, and 24.159.1229 registered nurses, 24.159.1412 initial APRN license, and 24.159.2021 alternative monitoring track admission criteria, and the repeal of ARM 24.159.1038, 24.159.1238, and 24.159.1428 inactive status licensure, 24.159.1046 and 25.159.1246 supervision of probationary licensees, and 24.159.1414 APRN educational requirements and qualifications

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-78

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted April 8, 2014

NOTICE of ADOPTION
posted September 4, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-77

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 definitions, 24.159.1405, 24.159.1412 through 24.159.1414, 24.159.1418, 24.159.1427, 24.159.1428, 24.159.1461, 24.159.1463, 24.159.1464, 24.159.1467, 24.159.1468, 24.159.1470, 24.159.1475, 24.159.1480, and 24.159.1485 advanced practice registered nurses, 24.159.2102 biennial continuing education credits, the adoption of NEW RULES I and II APRN practice and competence development, and the repeal of 24.159.1404, 24.159.1411, 24.159.1424, 24.159.1462, 24.159.1466, and 24.159.1490 standards related to APRNs

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Nursing is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent nursing professionals and by the regulation of the practice to promote the delivery of quality health care.

In meeting its mission, the Board takes appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. 

Complaint Form

Complaint Process Brochure

Complaint Process FAQs

Complaint Contact

Heidi Kaufman , Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2238
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notification of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

The Complaint Process

Business Standards Division

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. 
The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Complaint Process

IMPORTANT

When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual...

The Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

MEETINGS 
Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.

Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage.
(Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

SCREENING PANEL

Screening PanelA committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

DISMISSAL

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.

Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

REASONABLE CAUSE

Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.

Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel. 

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrativeHearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

ADJUDICATION PANEL

Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are  NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

COMPLAINT PROCESS FLOW

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Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against
a licensee can be accessed online at:
https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Education

Board of Nursing Online Education Modules

Earn free contact hours online at your own pace while learning about the Montana Board of Nursing administrative rules, statutes, complaint and discipline process, delegation and more. 

Visit MT Board of Nursing Online Modules to get started.

Module 5: Licensing Process

Continuing Education Rules

Renewals and Continuing Education Administrative Rules for Nurses

Continuing Education FAQs

Approved Nursing Programs within Montana

Approved Nursing Programs within Montana

RN NCLEX Pass Rates

LPN NCLEX Pass Rates

Waiver of Faculty Qualifications

Medication Aide I Education

Medication Aide I Education

Approved Medication Aide I Instructors

Medication Aide II Curriculum

Medication Aide II Curriculum

 

FAQ