The Mission of the Idaho Board of Nursing is to regulate nursing practice and education for the purpose of safeguarding the public health, safety, and welfare

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Step 1: Click on the link to the IDAHO NURSE PORTAL!

Step 2: Create an account
Step 3: Click the "Apply for License" link on the Dashboard to choose the type of Application you need
Step 4: Read the instructions, Complete the application and submit

If you have questions about the Nurse Portal, contact the Board office at:

Notice of Enhanced NLC Proposed Rules
And Notice of PublicHearing

 1. Summary of ProposedAction


The Interstate Commission ofNurse Licensure Compact Administrators proposes uniform rules pursuant toArticle VIII of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The proposed rulesare necessary to effectuate the implementation of the eNLC and provide properguidance and clarification to licensees and applicants of the party states thatwill promote compliance with the eNLC.

 Public Hearing:

The Interstate Commission ofNurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) will hold a hearing on proposedrules via teleconference at 2:00 P.M. (Central Standard Time) on June 29, 2018and at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing headquarters:

 111 East Wacker Drive
Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601-4277

Any interested person maypresent verbal comments on the proposed rules by attending the public hearingor via teleconference at 2:00 p.m. Central on June 29, 2018. Additionalin-person and teleconference participant information is posted at

Written Comments:

Interested persons mayelectronically submit written comments regarding the proposed rules at Parties wishing to make a comment for considerationmay do so by clicking the rule they wish to comment on and fill in theinformation requested along with the comment. Written comments on the proposedrules must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. Central on June 29, 2018.  If electronic submission is not possible,verbal comments will be permitted at the public hearing referenced above.

2. Statutory Authority forRule Adoption:

Authorizing statute: ICNLC: ART. VIII RULEMAKING

a.) The Commission shall exercise its rulemaking powerspursuant to the criteria set forth in this Article and the rules adoptedthereunder. Rules and amendments shall become binding as of the date specifiedin each rule or amendment and shall have the same force and effect asprovisions of this Compact. 

Implementing statutes

(g) A nurse who fails to satisfy the multistate licensure requirements in Article III.c. due to a disqualifying event occurring after this Compact’s effective date shall be ineligible to retain or renew a multistate license, and the nurse’s multistate license shall be revoked or deactivated in accordance with applicable rules adopted by the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (“Commission”).


(d). The Commission shall publish its bylaws and rules, and any amendments thereto, in a convenient form on the website of the Commission.

(g)The Commission shall have the following powers:
1. To promulgate uniform rules to facilitate and coordinate implementation and administration of this Compact. The rules shall have the force and effect of law and shall be binding in all party states.

(h) The Commission may also levy on and collect an annual assessment from each party state to cover the cost of its operations, activities and staff in its annual budget as approved each year. The aggregate annual assessment amount, if any, shall be allocated based on formula to be determined by the Commission, which shall promulgate a rule that is binding upon all party states.


1)In the event that two or more party states have a dispute, the parties shall attempt resolution following the steps set out in this rule.

2)The parties shall first attempt informal resolution. The Compact Administrators in the states involved shall contact each other. Each Compact Administrator shall submit a written statement describing the situation to the other Compact Administrators involved in the dispute. Each Compact Administrator may submit a response. The submission of the statement and the response shall be in a mutually agreed upon time frame. If an interpretation of the Compact is needed, the parties shall request assistance from the Executive Committee. If all issues are resolved, no further action is required and all party state Compact Administrators shall be informed of the result. If any issue remains unresolved, the parties shall notify the Commission and request mediation.

(3)(a) A party state that has a dispute with one or more other party states, and informal resolution was unsuccessful, shall attempt mediation. Mediation shall be conducted by a mediator appointed by the Executive Committee from a list of mediators approved by the National Association of Certified Mediators or as agreed to by all parties. If all issues are resolved through mediation, no further action is required. If mediation is unsuccessful, the parties shall submit to binding dispute resolution.

(b)The costs of mediation shallbe shared by all party states involved.

(c)All party state Compact Administrators shall be notified of all issues and disputes that rise to themediation stage in order to comment on those matters and disputes that may impact all party states.



(3) In the event a nurse asserts that any CoordinatedLicensure Information System data is inaccurate, the burden of proof shall be upon the nurse to provide evidencein a manner determined by the party state that substantiates such claim.


4. The contact person whocan answer questions about the rulemaking:

Name: Jim Puente, Director, NurseLicensure Compact
Address: National Council StateBoards of Nursing (NSCBN)
Telephone: 312-525-3601
Fax: 312-239-1032
Web site:

5. Reasonfor the Rule Proposal: The ICNLC Commission justification for rules is to formulate, implementand interpret the Nurse Licensure Compact July 20, 2017 enacted laws anddescribe the procedures or requirements. The ICNLC Commission adopted a newDefinitions, requirements for Coordinated Licensure Information System;procedures for Implementation; requirements for Licensure and Administration tofurther add clarity to regulations consistent with the Nurse Licensure Compact.

6. The preliminary summary of the economic, small business, and consumerimpact: The proposed rules provide additional clarity to the regulatedpublic and are not expected to have measureable economic impact on theCommission, party state Boards of Nursing or regulated parties. The rulemakingposes no additional burden on Registered Nurses or Licensed/Vocational Nurses.

Idaho Board of Nursing 2018 Meeting Dates

January 18-19, 2018
April 19-20, 2018
July 26-27, 2018
November 1-2, 2018

Board meetings are open to the public and will be convened at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 424 E Park Center Blvd. in Boise unless otherwise announced.

Any information regarding matters to be brought before the Board for consideration or decision-making must be received in the Board office one month prior to the meeting date.

  Thank you for participating in the Licensing Freedom Act Survey

The anonymous survey ended May 1, 2018. If you would like to talk to someone about the survey

please contact Susan Odom: 208-577-2479

2015 Idaho Nursing Overview

The 2015 Idaho Nursing Overview, produced by the Idaho Department of Labor in collaboration with Idaho's higher education institutions with funding from the Idaho Board of Nursing, provides an overview of the nursing workforce in Idaho, focusing on nurse supply and demand and reported by a number of different variables.  Access the report on the IDOL website at:

The Idaho Nursing Overview: An Interim Report (May 2017) is available at:

The Nursys licensure and disciplinary database is the repository of data provided directly from Idaho State Board of Nursing and is primary source equivalent. Information can be found at Nursys