Nurse Practice Act Toolkit

All states and territories legislated a nurse practice act (NPA) which establishes a board of nursing (BON) with the authority to develop administrative rules or regulations to clarify or make the law more specific. Rules and regulations must be consistent with the NPA and cannot go beyond it. These rules and regulations undergo a process of public review before enactment. Once enacted, rules and regulations have the full force and effect of law.

Use this toolkit to:

  • Learn about the law and regulations that guide and govern nursing practice
  • Locate your state nurse practice act and regulations
  • Access nurse practice act educational resources

Nurse Practice Act Resources

The state’s duty to protect those who receive nursing care is the basis for a nursing license. Safe, competent nursing practice is grounded in the law as written in the state nurse practice act (NPA) and its rules.

Nurse Practice Act and Rules 

Related Journal of Nursing Regulation Article

Related Publications

Published Date: 2011
Topic: Practice and Education

This brochure offers nurses an explanation of what boards of nursing (BONs) do for the profession and those who work in it. This brochure provides information regarding:

  • A BON's investigation into violations of a state's nurse practice act (NPA)
  • The process for filing a complaint against a nurse who has exhibited unsafe, negligent or incompetent behavior
  • What a nurse can expect while their complaint is being investigated

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Consumer Outreach

This brochure explains how a board of nursing protects the public and

  • Serves as a guide for consumers who have experienced or witnessed a nurse exhibiting unsafe, negligent or incompetent behavior
  • Explains what consumers can expect when a complaint is being investigated
  • Defines various nursing roles and responsibilities

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NCSBN Learning Extension NPA Courses

NCSBN partnered with each participating state board of nursing to develop the online nurse practice acts course program. The following states are currently participating.

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia-PN
  • West Virginia-RN

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Contact Us

Contact us with any comments or questions concerning Nurse Practice Acts.

Email
nursepracticeacts@ncsbn.org