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What's New

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

New LPN Supervisory Course Launched - February 1, 2017

The Iowa Board of Nursing announces the approval of a new curriculum for the Supervisory Course for Iowa’s Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), offered by the National Healthcare Institute (NHI), IBON approved provider 376. The new course is a completely online course with access to an electronic textbook titled, Leading and Managing in Nursing.

NHI is launching the curriculum today. LPN supervisory employees may begin the new course by accessing NHI’s learning platform at Direct access to the course’s description and registration page can be found here. Licensees will be sent a detailed registration letter and course navigation guide upon payment for the course.

In order to allow existing or already-planned courses to finish, discontinuance of the old LPN courses offered by Iowa’s community college continuing education departments is set for July 1, 2017.  As of July 1st, the NHI course will be the only source for offering the new LPN Supervisory course in Iowa.

The Board and staff are pleased to offer this updated curriculum and course to Iowa’s LPNs. The online delivery of the materials will provide timely, accessible training. LPNs will be able to meet the legal requirement of obtaining their training within six months of beginning their duties as supervisors in Iowa’s healthcare facilities.

Contact: Laura Hudson @ or by phone at 515.281.8808.

Press Release about Drug Enforcement Agency Registration Renewals

Attn: Nurse Practitioners with DEA Registrations - Please see the following link for information about Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration information. This press release, issued by the Iowa Board of Medicine on December 21, 2016 can be found at this link: DEA press release

VA Extends Full Practice Authority to APRNs

To expand veterans' access to quality health care and help reduce wait times, the US Department of Veterans Affairs will publish a final rule on December 14, 2016 extending what it defines as full practice authority to three of the four types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) serving in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). 

The three APRN roles (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) have the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, and certification when acting within the sope of their VA employment, regardless of state restrictions that limit such full practice authority. The final rule does include an exception for applicable state restrictions on the authority to prescribe and administer controlled substances. 

Unfortunately, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) were not granted authority in the final rule. The VA has provided an additional 30-day comment period on full practice authority for CRNAs.  

Source: National League for Nursing, Capitol Connection Newsletter, personal communication from, December 13, 2016

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 information 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

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