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Member Boards

NCSBN's 60 member boards are comprised of the boards of nursing in:

  • 50 U.S. states
  • District of Columbia
  • Four U.S. territories-American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands
  • Four states have two boards of nursing, one for registered nurses (RNs) and one for licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs): California, Georgia, Louisiana and West Virginia
  • One state, Nebraska, has both the board of nursing and the board for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) represented

In order to be approved for membership, state boards of nursing must:

  • Agree to use one or more NCSBN licensing examinations
  • Execute an agreement
  • Pay the required annual fee

Final approval for membership is made by the Delegate Assembly, NCSBN’s policy-making body.

Membership to NCSBN is available only to a state or territorial board of nursing empowered to license and regulate nursing practice in any state, territory or political subdivision of the U.S.

View the complete list of Member Boards

Benefits to Member Boards

As member boards, state and territorial boards of nursing gain access to invaluable NCSBN services and product offerings that will assist in efforts to protect and promote the welfare of the public and the interests of the profession of nursing.  Collectively, Member Boards have voting privileges during NCSBN’s Annual Meeting to establish the strategic purpose and direction of the organization.

Associate Members

NCSBN has 16 Associate Members:
  • Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Bermuda Nursing Council
  • College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
  • College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association
  • Singapore Nursing Board
To become an NCSBN Associate Member an organization must be:
  • A nursing regulatory body or empowered regulatory authority from a country or territory outside of the U.S.
  • Approved for membership by the NCSBN Delegate Assembly

Benefits to Associate Members

Associate Members gain access to NCSBN products and services and are allowed to serve on non-standing committees. Associate Members are nonvoting participants at the NCSBN Delegate Assembly.

Read more about Associate Members

About Membership & Access to the NCSBN Web Site

Membership to NCSBN is available only to state or territorial boards of nursing as described above. Only member boards and associate members are granted access to the For Member Boards section of the NCSBN Web site (ncsbn.org).

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