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The mission of the board is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by regulating the licensure of nurses, the practice of nurses, nursing education and continuing education.

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Learn more about The BoardOur staff, and Meetings & Agenda.  Find out what we do and how we do it.

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IBON Online Services

Online services include license inquiries, renewals, address and education updates and ordering rosters.

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Iowa Law & Administrative Rules

Read Iowa Laws and Administrative rules for Nursing (Chapter 655).

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Nursing Workforce

The Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce is a subscriber/member of The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers.

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What's New

Review this section for up-to-date announcements from the Board of Nursing. 

Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce - 2015 Trends Report Released

The Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce, a division of the Iowa Board of Nursing, released the Nursing Trends Report. The report utilizes data from the Iowa Board of Nursing Annual Report 2015 and the Annual Program Reports for the school year 2014-2015. A copy of the document may be found at the following link: 2015 Trends in Nursing Report

Iowa Board of Nursing Releases FY 2016 Annual Report

The Iowa Board of Nursing announces the release of the Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report. The annual report is a comprehensive overview of the Board's business activities and statistics. The complete report can be found using the following link: 2016 Annual Report pdf

Iowa Moving Forward with the "Enhanced" Nurse Licensure Compact and APRN Compact

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) membership approved the “Enhanced” Nurse Licensure Compact in May of 2015.  The adoption of the “Enhanced” Nurse Licensure Compact and APRN Compact will take legislative action. See the news article from the IBON's Executive Director, Kathy Weinberg to explain: Nursing Licensure Compact Article

Over the course of 2016, articles and information have been distributed to educate nurses, legislators, and all stakeholders concerning the “Enhanced” Nurse Licensure Compact. Legislation will be introduced in the 2017 Legislative Session. To read more in-depth information about the NLC see this page on our website: Nurse Licensure Compact - Proposed "Enhanced"

More informationi about the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact (APRN Compact) and APRN Consensus Model can be found in the following two articles: APRN Compact Article,  and  APRN Consensus Model Article

See this page on our website for more information: /advanced-practice-registered-nurse-compact-aprn-compact

Infographics about Iowa Nurses

The Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce on December 17, 2015, released three infographics about Nurses and Nursing Faculty in Iowa. 

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Fees & Rosters

Licensing fees for Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.



NCSBN/Other State Boards

Information about NCSBNNursys, QuickConfirm licensure verification and other boards of nursing.

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Nursing Newsletter

The Nursing Newsletter is the official means to disseminate information to licensees, including changes to Iowa law, rules, procedures, and requirements.