Board Of Nursing


When people think the Board of Nursing, they usually think of one of two things.  First, they think ‘passing the Boards’ to successfully become a Nurse.  This means passing the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) which is used by all State Boards of Nursing in the United States.  This is a prerequisite to the nurse licensure for all nurses.  The second is the Board of Nursing as government or state entities that protect the public health by ensuring the safe practice of nurses.  A nursing license issued by a State Board of Nursing provides assurance to the public that the nurse has met predetermined standards of safety.  Sometimes the Board of Nursing is also referred to as the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  In this article, we’ll go over the main topic of State Board of Nursing.

State Board of Nursing

The State Board of Nursing (BON Nursing) is a regulatory body that implements the Nurse Practice Act (NPA).  The NPA sets rules and standards for nursing within the State boundaries.  The Board of Registered Nursing is mainly responsible for these three key items:

  • Complaints & Disciplinary Action. All BONs take complaints and violations in the NPA very seriously.  This will typically involve a review of the complaint, investigation, board proceedings, board action and reporting & enforcement.
  • Evaluating Licensure Applications: This involves licensure applications, evaluating, issuing, and renewing licenses
  • Other functions: Approving nursing education program standards, regulating additional nursing practices and setting requirements for all licensures and titles

You’ll find detailed information for each and every one of the State Board of Nursing and the Board of Nursing website for each State in the United States below:

Interactive Board of Nursing Map
AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Notes:
Blue = South
Red = West
Orange = Midwest
Green = Northeast
Data source: everythingCRNA

Northeast States BON Nursing

New England States

Connecticut Board of Nursing
Maine Board of Nursing
Massachusetts Board of Nursing
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
Rhode Island Board of Nursing
Vermont Board of Nursing

Mid-Atlantic States

New Jersey Board of Nursing
New York Board of Nursing
Pennsylvania Board of Nursing

Midwest States BON Nursing

East North Central States

Illinois Board of Nursing
Indiana Board of Nursing
Michigan Board of Nursing
Ohio Board of Nursing
Wisconsin Board of Nursing

West North Central States

Iowa Board of Nursing
Kansas Board of Nursing
Minnesota Board of Nursing
Missouri Board of Nursing
Nebraska Board of Nursing
North Dakota Board of Nursing
South Dakota Board of Nursing

Southern States BON Nursing

South Atlantic States

Delaware Board of Nursing
Florida Board of Nursing
Georgia Board of Nursing
Maryland Board of Nursing
North Carolina Board of Nursing
South Carolina Board of Nursing
Virginia Board of Nursing
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
West Virginia Board of Nursing

East South Central States

Alabama Board of Nursing
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Mississippi Board of Nursing
Tennessee Board of Nursing

West South Central States

Arkansas Board of Nursing
Louisiana Board of Nursing
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Texas Board of Nursing

Western States BON Nursing

Mountain States

Arizona Board of Nursing
Colorado Board of Nursing
Idaho Board of Nursing
Montana Board of Nursing
Nevada Board of Nursing
New Mexico Board of Nursing
Utah Board of Nursing
Wyoming Board of Nursing

Pacific States

Alaska Board of Nursing
California Board of Nursing
Hawaii Board of Nursing
Oregon Board of Nursing
Washington Board of Nursing

Conclusion

In conclusion, the BON nursing plays a critical role in the profession of nursing in the United States.  As a RN, travel nurse and CRNA, I’ve gathered this information over the years that I’m sharing here.  If you found it helpful or have additional information to share with the community, please let us know!

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