October 27, 2011 06:00 ET

Four Boards of Nursing Join NCSBN

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Oct 27, 2011) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) announces the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners, the Michigan/DCH/Bureau of Health Professions and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVRN) have joined, bringing the total number of full participating boards of nursing to 48. is the only national database for verification of nurse licensure, discipline and practice privileges for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) licensed in participating jurisdictions, including all states in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). It also comprises data obtained directly from the licensure systems of boards of nursing through frequent, secured updates.

"WVRN has contributed discipline data to Nursys® for more than a decade. The submission of full licensure data enhances WVRN's public protection work by offering several benefits, such as easy access to a variety of reports and comparisons with pertinent national databases. WVRN is pleased to be contributing to the goal of an unduplicated database and the invaluable information this provides," comments Laura Skidmore Rhodes, MSN, RN, executive director, WVRN.

As a full participating board of nursing, these four boards of nursing now share licensure and discipline data with other boards of nursing, emergency response organizations through the Nursys Emergency Responder system, and the general public via Licensure QuickConfirm. Licensure QuickConfirm is a free application used by employers and the general public to look up nurse licenses from other full participating boards of nursing. Within minutes, a detailed report is generated, containing the following information:

  • Nurse's name;
  • Licensed jurisdiction;
  • License type;
  • License number
  • Compact status (single state, multistate);
  • If license is active;
  • License original issue date;
  • License expiration date;
  • Discipline against license;
  • Discipline against privilege to practice; and
  • Discipline board order if provided by the licensing jurisdiction.

Full participating boards of nursing have the option of allowing to serve as their nurse licensure verification for endorsement system. Via, nurses can verify their license(s) from boards of nursing participating in the license verification for endorsement service when applying for licensure to practice in another jurisdiction. For those boards of nursing utilizing for nurse licensure verification for endorsement, their nurses verify their license(s) by completing the Nursys verification process for $30 per license type, per each state board of nursing where the nurse is applying. The nurse's license verification is electronically available immediately to the endorsing board of nursing.

The Guam Board of Nurse Examiners and the Michigan/DCH/Bureau of Health Professions have chosen to utilize as their nurse licensure verification for endorsement system. The California Board of Registered Nursing and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses use their own system, so RNs in California and West Virginia should continue to contact those two boards of nursing for licensure verification for endorsement purposes.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories -- American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also nine associate members.

Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

For a complete list of Nursys full participating boards of nursing, visit

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601-4277

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