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About IBN


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.

Vision Statement

Advancing trust in Idaho’s nursing workforce through regulatory excellence.

Our History

The Board was created in 1911 by authority of Idaho Legislature. It was created to regulate nursing practice and education for the purpose of public protection.

The Board of Nursing is an independent self-governing agency, and is made up of nine (9) Governor-appointed members who serve 4-year terms: 1 Consumer, 2 Licensed Practical Nurses, 5 Licensed Professional/Registered Nurses, and 1 Licensed Advanced Practice Professional Nurse.

What does the Board do?

  • Established criteria for licensure
  • Licenses persons qualified to practice as licensed practical nurses (L.P.N.), professional nurses (R.N.), and advanced practice professional nurses (APRN) in the categories of certified midwife (C.N.M.), clinical nurse specialist (C.N.S.), nurse practitioner (N.P.) and registered nurse anesthetist (C.R.N.A)
  • Establishes standards for conduct and practice  
  • Imposes disciplinary action
  • Establishes criteria for nursing education programs
  • Surveys and grants initial and continuing approval to educational programs that meet established criteria
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