Nursing Licensure Boards
What Is the State Board of Nursing?
What Is the Role of the State Board of Nursing?
Find Your State’s Board of Nursing
Alabama Board of Nursing
Alaska Board of Nursing
Arizona State Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
California Board of Registered Nursing
Colorado Board of Nursing
Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing
Delaware Board of Nursing
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Florida Board of Nursing
Georgia Board of Nursing
Hawaii Board of Nursing
State of Idaho Board of Nursing
Illinois Board of Nursing
Indiana State Board of Nursing
Iowa Board of Nursing
Kansas Board of Nursing
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Louisiana State Board of Nursing
Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners
Maine State Board of Nursing
Maryland Board of Nursing
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Michigan Board of Nursing
Minnesota Board of Nursing
Mississippi Board of Nursing
Missouri Board of Nursing
Montana Board of Nursing
Nebraska Nurse Licensing
Nevada State Board of Nursing
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
New Jersey Board of Nursing
New Mexico Board of Nursing
New York State Board of Nursing
North Carolina Board of Nursing
North Dakota Board of Nursing
Ohio Board of Nursing
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Oregon State Board of Nursing
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education
South Carolina Board of Nursing
South Dakota Board of Nursing
Tennessee Board of Nursing
Texas Board of Nursing
Utah Board of Nursing
Vermont State Board of Nursing
Virginia Department of Health Professions Board of Nursing
Washington State Department of Health Nursing Commission
West Virginia RN Board
West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Board of Nursing
Wyoming State Board of Nursing
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the board of nursing in your state, contact the board to find out how. Typically, board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. You may need to contact the governor’s appointment office in your state if you’re interested. The existing board of nursing members may also play a role in approving new nurses for appointment.
To qualify for appointment, nurses will typically have to have worked a certain amount of years in the jurisdiction they’re applying for and be licensed.
Typically, nurses can check their licenses at the state board of nursing’s website. Licensed nurses may have an online portal they can access to see how long their license is in effect for, when renewal dates are and other information. Nursys is also a database lookup for state boards of nursing.
The best way to contact the board of nursing in your state is to first visit the board of nursing website’s contact page. There might be information regarding the preferred method of contact, such as email or phone, as well as the name of the point of contact.
If there’s no preferred method listed, you can call the contact number on the state board of nursing website to get information on how the board can help you based on your needs. However, many state boards of nursing accept online services and are self-service.
The following nursing specialties must be registered by the state board of nursing: registered nurses (RN), advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse practitioners (NP). Nursing specialties regulated by state boards of nursing vary state to state with nursing recognition. Be sure to check with your state for more information.
Contact your state board of nursing if you have questions about licensing requirements. Nursing aides, nursing assistants and home health care aide licensing requirements may differ from RN, APRN, CNS and NP nursing license requirements.
The state board of nursing influences nursing practice by setting the standards and requirements to legally practice nursing in a health care setting. The state board of nursing also decides who will be licensed, which influences the landscape of nursing professionals in each state.