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Technical Difficulties - FAX Machine

The main FAX number for the Board of Nursing was down for a portion of the day on Friday, July 16th, and through the weekend (Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th). If you attempted to send a fax to the BON during this time period, please check to see if we received your information. Call the main office number 515.281.3255, if you believe this may have affected your correspondence with the BON. 

Public Comments Open for Veterans Health Administration Full Practice Authority for ARNPs

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has published a proposed rule that would allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthestists (CRNA) and other advanced practice nurses to provide patient care to the full extent of their education, experience and abilities. 

The policy change, which is consistent with recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), would define Full Practice Authority in VHA facilities for CRNAs, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse Midwives. 

Advance practice nurses licensed in Iowa have had the authority to practice to the full extent of their education, experience and abilities for many years. 

The VHA Full Practice Authority Proposed Rule was published on May 25, 2016 into the Federal Registrar. It is open for Public Comment until July 25, 2016. Nurses are encouraged to add their comments. See this link:

NCSBN Provides Nursys e-Notify Free of Charge to Nurses Wishing to Track Their License Status

Chicago – The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) now provides automatic license status quickly, easily, securely and free of charge to individual nurses who enroll through Nursys e-Notify. This innovative nurse licensure notification system was previously only available to institutions that employ nurses.

Nursys is the only national database for licensure verification for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Nursys is designated as a primary source equivalent database through a written agreement with participating boards of nursing (BONs). Nursys is live and dynamic, and all updates to the system are reflected immediately, pushed directly from participating BON databases through frequent, secured data updates.

In just a few minutes, Nurses can self-enroll into Nursys e-Notify for free and take advantage of a quick and convenient way to keep up-to-date with their professional licenses. They can receive licensure status updates, track license verifications for endorsement and create and manage multiple license expiration reminders. Keeping on top of license status can help nurses prevent fraudulent licenses or certificates being issued in their names.

Creating an account is quick and easy. Enroll at and select “As a Nurse” to complete the registration process. Learn more about Nursys e-Notify by viewing an introductory video or visiting the Nursys website. For questions, contact

Iowa Nurse Assistance Program: Call for Committee Members

Qualified individuals are being sought to serve on the Iowa Board of Nursing's Iowa Nurse Assistance Program Committee. For details about qualifications and the application process, open the attached pdf document: Iowa Nurse Assistance Program Committee application process

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 these news article from the IBON's Executive Director, Kathy Weinberg to explain: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Article and part two: Enhanced Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Article - Part 2

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"

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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.