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What's New

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

NCSBN Moving Forward with Proposed "Enhanced" Nurse Licensure Compacts

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 will take legislative action. See this news article from the IBON's Executive Director, Kathy Weinberg to explain: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Article

During the 2016 year the goal is to educate nurses, legislators, and all stakeholders concerning the “Enhanced” Nurse Licensure Compact and introduce legislation 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"

NCSBN Board of Directors Upholds Current Passing Standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination

Chicago - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN),, voted on Dec. 9, 2015, to uphold the current passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The passing standard will remain at the current level of 0.00 logit that was instituted April 1, 2013. This passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2019.
See the full news release in this pdf document: NCSBN Board of Directors Announcement about NCLEX-RN

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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2015 Iowa Board of Nursing Annual Report Released

The Iowa Board of Nursing 2015 Annual Report has been released. See the document at this link: 2015 Annual Report.   Questions may be directed to Lynn Linder at

Iowa Bureau of Health Statistics - Iowa Vital Events System

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Statistics announced a quarterly newsletter that will be emailed to Iowa's Nurse Practitioners and other providers who certify death records. The newsletter is about the Iowa Vital Events System (IVES) and use of the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS), and is intended to assist providers with accurately entering death records in a timely manner. See the first newsletter in this file: IDPH IVES October 2015 Newsletter

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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.