New NCSBN Nurse Licensure Guidance Tool

Mar 16, 2021

New NCSBN Nurse Licensure Guidance Tool

NCSBN created a new resource, the Nurse Licensure Guidance tool, which provides guidance on applying for a nursing license in the U.S. The tool was created for both domestically and internationally educated nurses seeking licensure in the U.S. as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) and looking for state-specific licensure guidance. There are two pathways for the tool:

  1. For internationally educated nurses, the tool provides guidance on state-specific licensure requirements, based on where they plan to live and practice, such as accepted English proficiency examinations, accepted credentials evaluation services, Social Security number requirements, relevant application information and board of nursing (BON) contact information.
  2. For domestically educated nurses, the tool provides access to the state’s license application along with links to other relevant application information and the BON’s nurse practice act, based on where they plan to live and practice.

To accompany the licensure results, both pathways of the tool also include an interactive U.S. map to illustrate where the user would and would not have authorization to practice based on their selections. NCSBN hopes this innovative new resource will help answer international/domestic licensure questions for nurses that BONs often field.
 
 
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