Important Information for Veterans

​Effective July 1, 2013

Service Members, and Military Spouses 

Under the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 (Senate Bill 273 and hb255.pdfHouse Bill 225, Chapters 154 and 155, Laws of Maryland 2013) veterans, service members, and military spouses are entitled to have their initial license, or certificate application processed by the Board of Nursing in an expedited manner. If a service member, veteran, or military spouse meets the requirements for a license, or certificate the Board will issue the license, or certificate within 15 business days after receiving all the required documentation for a completed application. Directions for completing an application can be found on this web site. For license applicants, e-mail shirley.devaris@maryland.gov. For certified nursing assistant applicants, e-mail kirby.graham@maryland.gov.
 
The Board will credit any training and education provided by the military and completed by a service member toward any training or education requirements for a license, or certificate if the training or education is determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent to the training or education required by the Board and not otherwise contrary to any other licensing requirement.
 
For each applicant the Board will assign an advisor to assist the applicant with the application process. If the applicant does not meet the education, training, or experience requirements for a license, or certificate the advisor will assist in identifying programs that offer relevant education or training, or ways of obtaining needed experience. The Board of Nursing’s advisor for Nursing license applicants is Shirley Devaris, RN, JD, Legislative Director, who can be reached at shirley.devaris@maryland.gov. The advisor for Certified Nursing Assistant applicants is Kirby Graham, Program Administrator, who can be reached at 410-585-1934 or kirby.graham@maryland.gov.
 
A “veteran” is defined as a former service member who was discharged from active duty under circumstances other than dishonorable within 1 year before the date on which the application is received. A “veteran” does not include an individual who has completed active duty and has been discharged for more than 1 year before the application is submitted. A “military spouse” means the spouse of a service member or veteran and includes the surviving spouse of a veteran or a service member who died within 1 year before the date on which the application of the military spouse is submitted.
 
The Board wants to do whatever it can under the law to assist our service members, veterans, and military spouses. Please call your advisor for additional information. 

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