All the State Board of Nursing is connected by the National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing).  This non-profit organization acts as a counsel on public health, safety, and the development of nursing licensure examinations.  In short, the NCSBN has 89 members worldwide and is sometimes known informally as the ‘National Board of Nursing‘.  The National Board of Nursing’s members include 59 Board of Nursing in the United States.  In addition, it also includes 27 associate members throughout the world and 3 exam user members in Canada.

The State Board of Nursing members in NCSBN include all 50 states.  In addition, members also include Washington DC, US territories (Samoa, Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands) and special case States.  For example, the California Board of Nursing, Louisiana Board of Nursing and West Virginia Board of Nursing have two separate Board of Nursing. To clarify, there is one for RNs and the other for LPNs.  Likewise, Nebraska has one Board for RNs and another Board of Nursing for advanced practice nurses.

The governments in other countries license Associate members in the National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing.  These are nursing regulatory bodies whose job is to regulate nursing practices.  For instance, associate members include those of many other countries such as Canada (Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia), Europe (Spain, Ireland, New Zealand) and Asia (Singapore and Australia).

With approval from all the State Board of Nursing, the NCSBN developed the two licensure examinations together with NCLEX.  In other wards, today this is known as the NCLEX-RN for registered nurses and the NCLEX-PN for practical and vocational nursing graduates. Today, with the help of the Board of Registered Nursing and NCSBN, Nurses are now the second largest group of licensed professionals in the US.

NCSBN Website


National Council of State Boards of Nursing
111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601-4277

Phone Number: 312.525.3600

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