NORTH CAROLINA RESPIRATORY CARE BOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On October 14, 2021, the NC Respiratory Care Board voted to upgrade the licensing database to create a more comprehensive security package and digital licensing process.  This step was necessary due to concerns over IT security during the last wave of cyber hacking attempts on the US Government servers and an annual audit of our IT system.  During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board staff identified several potential vulnerabilities in the operation of our system.  While there was not a data breach identified, it was necessary to enhance security to prevent it from happening.  The enhanced protection requires a valid email address to access the online system as of April 27, 2022.     

Please help spread the word to them and send them this email.  If they are locked out after April 27, 2022, we have a security form that will be required to be completed to validate the requester's identity, which is available on our website.  However, there is nothing you need to do if you received our email on April 25, 2022, except spread the word about this necessary change.    

New Procedural Steps

The new system will require you to establish a new password using your email address.  Upon request, the system will send a reset link so you can set the password or reset it when you forget it. 

When you renew this year, you will be asked to establish a new password before renewing.

  • You will begin with your old login (license number) and password (last 4 of the SSN).
  • The system will prompt you with a request to send a password.
  • It will populate the request with your email in our system. It will be your new username.
  • Go to your email and open it.
    1. If not received, check your junk mail before requesting a new link.
    2. Click the link and establish a new password.
  • The system will ask you to log in, so proceed as usual with your new username (Email Address) and new password.

The launch date is April 27, 2022.  After this date, a Request Form must be completed for us to update our system if an email is no longer valid.  Any student applying for a license is strongly encouraged to use their private email, not their assigned school email.

The form is not required if you are currently receiving our emails, but please help us spread the word.  

Regards,


Dr. William L. Croft, Ed.D., Ph.D., RRT, RCP, FAARC
Executive Director
North Carolina Respiratory Care Board
125 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919) 878-5595
Fax: (919) 878-5565
Email: bcroft@ncrcb.org



 

NORTH CAROLINA RESPIRATORY CARE BOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2022

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide healthcare professionals with critical information, during the regularly scheduled Quarterly Board Meeting on January 13, 2022, the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board voted to extend all rule waivers in 21 NCAC 61 .0901 until the Governor of North Carolina rescinds Executive Order 116 to end the pandemic response or until April 1, 2023, whichever comes first.

However, the Board will review this matter on an ongoing basis and may take further action to limit or otherwise amend any of the rule waivers in light of any changes in circumstances.

Please refer to the 21 NCAC 61 .0901 for the specific waivers. This means CEs are still waived in addition to the other rules referenced. 


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Dr. William L. Croft, Ed.D, Ph.D., RRT, RCP
Executive Director
North Carolina Respiratory Care Board
125 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919) 878-5595
Fax: (919) 878-5565
E-mail: bcroft@ncrcb.org

 



NORTH CAROLINA RESPIRATORY CARE BOARD

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2022

As part of the ongoing efforts to provide healthcare professionals with critical information, the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board (NCRCB) became aware of public concerns regarding restrictions on travel assignments as other states have implemented for individuals licensed by the Board. These restrictions prevent respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) from deploying in their state for the emergency response to the pandemic.   


In Texas, “in order to mitigate negative staffing impacts on Texas healthcare systems and EMS agencies, the state of Texas will only allow personnel deploying for this emergency response to be NON-RESIDENTS of Texas only and to have not been employed by a Texas Acute Care hospital or EMS agency within 30 days.”


The NCRCB does not have any statutory authority to restrict the geographic locations where RCPs practice within the state. It requires an Executive Order from the Governor of North Carolina. For these reasons, there is no restriction on in-state travel of any licensed respiratory care practitioner in North Carolina by the NCRCB.


However, the Board would like to remind all RCPs to adhere to Board Rule 21 NCAC 61 .0501, which states: “All licensees shall notify the Board in writing of each change of name, including any change in the name under which the licensee is providing respiratory care, or any change in the licensee’s residence or business address, including mailing address, within 30 days of such change.”

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Dr. William L. Croft, Ed.D, Ph.D., RRT, RCP
Executive Director
North Carolina Respiratory Care Board
125 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919) 878-5595
Fax: (919) 878-5565
E-mail: bcroft@ncrcb.org






Wallet Cards

Since 2018, wallet cards have not been required. A notice was sent to the licensees, and information was posted on the website in 2018. A hearing was held regarding this change. The download feature was removed in July 2021 to comply with the rule below, and a print feature was added to the License Look-up feature: 21 NCAC 61 .0301 (b) states: “Each individual who is issued a license shall be issued a license number that shall be displayed on the Board’s website.…A web-based license verification displaying the status, credentials, degree level, dates for registration, renewal, and expiration shall be accessible by the licensee in their principal place of business so as to be available for inspection in a printed or electronic format.” Since we changed the rule, the wallet card no longer meets the requirements as proof of licensure, but the License Look-up does. The phrase accessible by the licensee can be an electronic display or printed version for a file. For this reason, we added a print feature as well.  This change is part of our digital transition that will occur over the next year. I am happy to announce that our goal will be to move to same-day licensing for all reciprocity applicants within the next few months. Our goal is to eliminate wait times for employees to start.  




North Carolina Respiratory Care Board

October 14, 2021 Update


Dear Licensee,

Happy Respiratory Care Practitioners Month! The NCRCB Quarterly Board Meeting was held on October 14, 2021. After much consideration, the Board voted to extend the rule waivers for the Continuing Education Requirements until April 14, 2022. All Continuing Education Requirements will be required after April 14, 2022. The Board extended the waivers due to the hospitalizations from the Covid-19 variants and the impending impact from the 2021-2022 flu season.  

What does this mean for your 2022 renewals before April 2022? We can say with certainty that:

  • You do not need your 12 CE credits.
  • You do not need your BLS card renewed.
  • You MUST MAINTAIN an Active License.
  • You MUST MAINTAIN active NBRC Credentials.
  • Once you renew for 2022, you may begin counting your credits for 2023.
  • UPDATE: The Board extended the above waivers to 2023 on January 13, 2022

Important Notice # 1

Your NBRC credentials require Continuing Education credits for renewal depending on the year you earned your credentials. If so, you must complete the required credits and renew your credentials to maintain a license in North Carolina. Lapsed credentials will prevent your license renewal, so please send your NBRC renewal notification to Hannah@ncrcb.org so we can update our database.

Important Notice # 2

Board Rule 21 NCAC 61 .0501 states that all licensees shall notify the Board in writing of each change of name, including any change in the name under which the Licensee is providing respiratory care or any change in the Licensee’s residence or business address, including mailing address, within 30 days of such change. Current email addresses are required to ensure delivery of all notices, so maintain your current email address to avoid missing essential notifications from the Board.  

Important Notice # 3

Since 2018, wallets cards have not been required. A notice was sent to the licensees and information posted on the website in 2018. A hearing was held regarding this change. The download feature was removed in 2021 to comply with the rule below:

21 NCAC 61 .0301 (b) states: “Each individual who is issued a license shall be issued a license number that shall be displayed on the Board's website.…A web-based license verification displaying the status, credentials, degree level, dates for registration, renewal, and expiration shall be accessible by the licensee in their principal place of business so as to be available for inspection in a printed or electronic format.

Please do not order wallet cards.

Thank you for all that you are doing and have done during this pandemic. Once again, Happy Respiratory Care Practitioners Month! Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!


Regards,

Dr. William L. Croft, Ed.D, Ph.D., RRT, RCP\
Executive Director
North Carolina Respiratory Care Board
125 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27511
Phone : (919) 878-5595
Fax : (919) 878-5565
Email: bcroft@ncrcb.org