Founded in 1903, the North Carolina Board of Nursing was the first state in the nation to have a Board of Nursing. From its humble beginnings, the North Carolina Board of Nursing has grown to license more than 127,000 RNs and LPNs statewide.
In addition to issuing, renewing and reinstating nursing licenses for RNs and LPNs Board responsibilities include: approving and monitoring the state’s nursing education programs which lead to initial licensure; interpreting the practice of nursing based upon the state’s Nursing Practice Act; investigating complaints against licensed nurses; administering the nurse licensure compact; maintaining the Nurse Aide II registry and regulating the practice of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives.
North Carolina also is the only state in the nation that elects the majority of nurses to its Board. Eleven of the fourteen members are elected by nurses holding valid N.C. nursing licenses. Each year the Board conducts an election to fill the open seats. Voting takes place from July 1 to August 15th.
The Board’s office is located in Raleigh at 4516 Lake Boone Trail. The Board office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon – Fri.
Telephone: 919 782-3211, FAX 919 781-9461