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On September 19, 2016, Joshua Krueger filed a Petition for Declaratory Order pursuant to Iowa Code § 17A.9 and 655 IAC chapter 9.  The Petition requests a Declaratory Order from the Iowa Board of Nursing regarding nursing education program requirements, specifically related to Grand View University.

Notice is being provided individually to all approved nursing programs located in Iowa.  Notice is being provided generally to those registered with the Board’s listserv to receive meeting notices.

Petition for Intervention.  Any person who qualifies under any applicable provision of law as an intervenor and who files a petition for intervention shall be allowed to intervene in the proceeding.  Petitions for Intervention may be filed by any interested party no later than October 4, 2016, at the Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 SW 8th St., Ste. B, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Petition for Declaratory Order.  A copy of the complete Petition is available for viewing at this link:  Petition for Declaratory Order 2016_09_19.pdf .  It is also available for viewing and copying at the Board office, 400 SW 8th St., Ste. B, Des Moines, IA 50309.  

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 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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