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The mission of the board is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by regulating the licensure of nurses, the practice of nurses, nursing education and continuing education.

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INAP is a resource for individual nurses who are impaired as a result of substance use, or by any mental or physical condition. 


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What's New

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

Updated Infographics about Nurses in Iowa

The Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce on March 9, 2017, released three updated infographics about Nurses and Nursing Faculty in Iowa. 
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Infographic with details about Iowa's RN workforce
Infographic with details about Iowa's LPN workforce
Infographic with details about Iowa's Nursing Faculty

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 by clicking here. Licensees will be sent a detailed registration letter and course navigation guide upon payment for the course. To discuss corporate account information, contact Daniel Campos at or by telephone at 786.380.5135. 

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.

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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Iowa Law & Administrative Rules

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