ONCB Offers Retired and Inactive Certification Designations
Because orthopaedic-certified nurses value their hard-earned credentials, ONCB offers retired and inactive designations to allow certificants to protect their credentials during life’s transitions.
The retired designation is available for nurses who are leaving the profession. If they decide to return to the workforce, they may reactivate their credentials by demonstrating completion of 15 contact hours of continuing education for each year of retirement preceding reactivation. As an alternative, nurses may retest in order to reactivate the credential.
Nurses may be granted inactive certification due to personal illness, injury, temporary disability, or responsibility as care giver that kept them from earning the required contact hours for recertification. They must meet the continuing education requirements for recertification or retake the certification examination within 5 years of the approval date for inactive status, or they will forfeit the certified nurse credential. A general notice of inactive status expiration will be sent to appropriate individuals 2 years, 1 year, and 6 months prior to the expiration date.