2017-08-10 / Business

Nurse Licensing System streamlines process

MICHIGAN — Michigan’s 190,000 licensed nurses will now use a state-of the-art system for the entire licensing process allowing them to enter the nursing profession sooner and more efficiently. Last week, LARA’s Bureau of Professional Licensing launched a new online portal - the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPlus) www.michigan.gov/miplus that replaces an outdated system that was inefficient for users and staff. The new system utilizes the Accela platform. It eliminates the time-consuming snail mail back and forth between nursing applicants and LARA staff. Applicants now apply online, and can track the status of their license, receive electronic notifications on exam requirements and completion and get an electronic copy of their license to print.

MiPlus also improves consumer protections by making the complaint process more transparent, and enhancing the services to submit and track complaints. Michigan consumers filing complaints against licensed nurses can create their own account to upload documents, track the status of their complaint online and receive electronic notifications throughout the entire complaint and enforcement process.

The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) is responsible for licensing and regulating more than 758,000 individuals who are regulated by either the Michigan Occupational or Public Health Codes. BPL will soon implement MiPlus throughout the bureau’s other license types. — R.S.

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