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State Board of Nursing

The State Board of Nursing protects the health and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the licensure/certification and regulation of the practice of professional and practical nursing and dietetics-nutrition by registered nurses, practical nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, dietitian-nutritionists, and graduate nurses. The Board issues licenses and certifications to qualified applicants, approves nursing education programs, establishes standards of practice, and disciplines licensees and unlicensed persons for violations of the Acts and the regulations.
New Regulation:  General Revisions
On December 17, 2016, the State Board of Nursing’s General Revisions regulation was published in final form in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  A copy of this regulation can be found at
Amongst the revisions, the new regulation requires that:
·       Candidates for licensure take the licensure examination for the first time within one year of completing their nursing education programs.  Express permission must be granted by the Board for candidates to take the examination for the first time after the one-year period.  Candidates will first be required to demonstrate that they were prevented from taking the examination by emergency, illness, military service, licensure in another state, or other good cause shown.
·       Licensees notify the Board within 14 days of a change of address.