Iowa Board of Nursing
Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Coronavirus - (COVID-19) Information

Iowa Nurses and healthcare professionals are encouraged to use the resources provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to access the most up-to-date information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  For the current proclamation information which ends March 7, 2021, click on the State of Iowa site in the next line. 

Effective 3/24/2020: The State of Iowa has established a website solely dedicated to the topic of COVID-19 in Iowa. See the

  • The IDPH website may be found here: IDPH Website
  • The CDC website may be found here: CDC Website
  • Questions from healthcare providers may be directed to the IDPH Centers for Acute Epidemiology (CADE) at 800-362-2736.
  • Iowa citizens may call the public hotline, available 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
  • Free virtual counseling and assistance for Iowans affected by COVID-19: 


Emergency Licenses in Response to Proclamation of Disaster Emergency - 4/29/2020

  • Please note: You do not need to request an emergency license.

RN or LPN Graduates

In accordance with Governor Reynolds’s Proclamation an individual who has not yet previously obtained a license to practice nursing in Iowa and meets the following qualifications may be issued an emergency license. 

  1. Graduation from an approved program for the education of licensed practical nurses or registered nurses within the preceding six (6) months;
  2. Completed board application for licensure by examination and payment of fee;
  3. Registration to Pearson Vue for the NCLEX exam;
  4. Official transcript sent directly from the nursing school and received in the Board office;
  5. Applicant has never previously failed the NCLEX examination.
  • Guidance to RNs/LPNs for Emergency Licenses. See the document HERE
  • For a RN or LPN complete the online licensure by examination application and submit required materials pursuant to 3.11(2). An emergency license will automatically be issued when all requirements have been met. 

ARNP New Licensees

The following qualifications must be met to be considered for an emergency license:

  1. Graduate of an accredited graduate or postgraduate advanced practice education program within the preceding six (6) months;
  2. An active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in Iowa or verification of licensure as a registered nurse in another nurse licensure compact state;
  3. Completed board application for initial ARNP licensure for each population focus and payment of fee;
  4. Official transcript denoting the date of graduation or conferral, and the type of degree conferred sent directly to the board from the education program;
  5. Confirmation of eligibility to take the national certifying examination, sent directly to the board from the certifying body.
  • Guidance to ARNPs for Emergency Licenses. See the document HERE
  • For an ARNP complete the online new licensure application and submit required materials pursuant to 3.11(3). An emergency license will automatically be issued when all requirements have been met. ​


  • Guidance to Employers for Emergency Licenses. See the document HERE
  • Adoption of Emergency Licensure Rules. See the document HERE

If you have previously failed the NCLEX examination or the advanced practice national certification examination you are not eligible for an emergency license.

ARNP Information​

  • DEA Registrant Guidance during COVID-19 Emergency: DEA Notice
  • Drug Enforcement Administration - COVID-19 Information Page:
  • Using CRNAs' unique skill set during the COVID-19 Crisis. See the March 21, 2020, AANA Update
  • Statement Regarding Nurse Practitioner Students and Direct Care Clinical Hours, March 23, 2020: NP Student Statement
  • Hydroxychloroquine Joint Statement from Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Physician Assistants & Medicine, March 26, 2020: COVID-19 Prescribing
  • DEA Qualifying Practitioners Guidance on the Topic of Prescribing Buprenorphine via Telemedicine - See the March 31, 2020, DEA Notice-2
  • DEA Prescribing Decision Tree During COVID-19. See the document: DEA Prescribing
  • ARNPs - Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths (4/6/2020): Vital Update
  • ARNP (APRN) Certification Extension/Waiver Policies - COVID-19 Update. See the document: APRN Certification 
  • CRNA Certification Renewal Extensions. See the letter from the national board for nurse anesthetists: NBCRNA Letter
  • Updated Hydroxychloroquine Joint Statement from Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Physician Assistants & Medicine, September 11, 2020: Updated Prescribing Memo
  • ARNP License Renewal Exceptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (10/13/2020): ARNP Iowa/Nebraska information

Notices to Iowa Nurses, Nurse Employers and Nurse Educators

  • March 25, 2020 - Memorandum to Iowa Nurse Employers and Licensees about the use of Out of State Nurses. See the document HERE
  • March 27, 2020 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Programs about guidelines for use of Simulation. See the document HERE
  • April 2, 2020 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Programs regarding Frequently Asked Questions. See the document HERE
  • April 25, 2020 - IDPH PPE Shortage Order Updated (supersedes April 9, 2020 order). See the document HERE
  • April 28, 2020 - Memorandum to Nursing Education Programs - NCLEX Testing Update. See the document HERE
  • May 5, 2020 - Joint Statement from Boards of Nursing, Dental, Pharmacy & Medicine about Professional Assistance Programs. See the document HERE
  • July 27, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions regarding Practice & Licensure Questions during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the document HERE
  • February 8, 2021 - Memorandum to Nurse Licensees, Nurse Employers and Nurse Educators about proclamation guidance. See the document HERE

Proclamations History

Throughout the pandemic response, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, has issued emergency proclamations. The entire list of proclamations may be found at the Iowa Coronavirus website under the COVID-19 Proclamations tab. The current proclamation runs through March 7, 2021.

NCSBN Resources

Service Opportunities 

March 24, 2020 - Nurses who are interested in assisting acute or long term care facilities that become overwhelmed during this COVID-19 outbreak or suffer a loss of staff due to illness, please follow these instructions:  To create an account and a profile please go to the following Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV) website: .
April 27, 2020 (update) i-SERV is seeking COVID-19 testing teams throughout the state. These are paid missions which include hotel accommodations as necessary. 

In order to assist, it is imperative that you complete the online profile with your nursing license information in order to be eligible for deployment to assist.  Once a profile is completed in the system, you must click on SAVE then you will receive an email from "" that verifies you created or updated an account.   You will receive notification from "iowaresponds" with information if you are being requested to deploy. 

See the ANA Guidance for Nurses who Want to Volunteer: HERE

CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care Extensions

CPR requirements and expirations are not monitored as a part of nursing licensure: Employers monitor completion of this training based on employee requirements. The American Heart Association (AHA) issued guidance for extensions on Instructor and Provider Cards during the COVID-19 outbreak. See the AHA announcement updated July 23, 2020 at this LINK  Nurses should check with their employers for guidance on this topic. 

Research Participation 

See information about the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Research - HERO FLYER
See the Hero Research Frequently Asked Questions at this LINK

COVID-19 Archived Documents Page - For archived documents see this link:


Updated 2/11/2021

Printed from the Iowa Board of Nursing website on March 02, 2021 at 7:42pm.