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Boards of Nursing and You

Boards of nursing are state/territorial government agencies that are responsible for the regulation of nursing practice. The mission of the board of nursing is to protect the public by:

  • Enforcing the nurse practice act and nurse licensure
  • Accrediting or approving nurse education programs in schools and universities
  • Developing practice standards
  • Developing policies, administrative rules and regulations
  • Taking action against the licenses of those nurses who have exhibited unsafe nursing practice

Boards of Nursing and the Complaint Process

Boards of nursing are responsible for ensuring that only competent, licensed nurses practice in health care settings. If you believe that a nurse’s performance is incompetent, negligent or unsafe, you have a right as a health care consumer to file a complaint with your board of nursing. Note: Complaints should not be sent to NCSBN as it has no authority over individual nurses.

Contact your board of nursing.

Boards of Nursing and Licensure Verification

Boards of nursing provide the public access to online nurse licensure and discipline information though NCSBN’s Nursys system. By using the free Licensure QuickConfirm tool, employers and the general public can look up a nurse’s license and discipline status, making sure those providing health care are legally able to do so.

Educational Resources

Your State Board of Nursing Works for You: A Health Care Consumer’s Guide explains how a board of nursing protects the public and serves as a guide to consumers to use when they have experienced or witnessed a nurse exhibiting unsafe, negligent or incompetent behavior.

What You Need to Know About Nursing Licensure and Boards of Nursing helps nurses and consumers understand the importance of nurse licensure. This brochure explains why nurses are required to be licensed; how boards of nursing safeguard the public by evaluating, issuing and renewing nurse licenses; and how boards of nursing implement their jurisdiction’s nurse practice act.

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