State Board of Nursing (SBON)

What is State Board of Nursing?

  • State Boards of Nursing (SBON) is a state governmental agencies that are responsible for the regulation of nursing practice. More than 100 years ago, State Governments established SBONs to protect the public's health and welfare by overseeing and ensuring the safe practice of nursing. 
  • SBON achieves this mission by outlining the standards for safe nursing care and issuing Licenses to practice Nursing.
  • Once a License is issued, the board's job continues by monitoring Licensees' compliance to state laws and taking action against the Licenses of those nurses who have exhibited unsafe nursing practice.

Duties of the State Board of Nursing

Each State determines the specific administrative responsibility and oversight of the SBON. SBON reports to one of the following:

  • The Governor of the State
  • Both the Governor and a State agency
  • A State Agency
  • Another State official or organization

Board structures and decision-making powers and authority are also unique for each Board. Individuals who serve on a SBON are appointed to their position. State law dictates the membership of the SBON, which usually includes a mix of:

  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed practical/vocational nurses
  • Advanced practice registered nurses
  • Consumers

Board members meet often to oversee SBON activities and take disciplinary action on Nurse Licenses as necessary.

Typical powers and duties of a SBON are:

  • Enforcing the Nurse Practice Act and Nurse Licensure
  • Accrediting or approving nurse education programs in schools and universities
  • Developing practice standards
  • Developing policies, administrative rules and regulations

Again, scope and responsibilities vary State-to-State. Therefore, Nurses in the U.S. are responsible for knowing the regulatory requirements for nursing and the nurse practice act in every state that they practice.

Source of information:

All Member Board & Associate Member Details

Alabama Board of Nursing

Location: 770 Washington Avenue, RSA Plaza, Ste 250, Montgomery, AL 36104

Phone: 334.293.5200 or 800.656.5318

Fax: 334.293.5201


Contact Person: Peggy Benson, Interim Executive Officer

Alaska Board of Nursing

Location: 550 West Seventh Avenue Suite 1500, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567

Phone: 907.269.8161

Fax: 907.269.8196


Contact Person: Nancy Sanders, PhD, RN, Executive Administrator

American Samoa Health Services Regulatory Board

Location: LBJ Tropical Medical Center, Pago Pago, AS 96799

Phone: 684.633.1222

Fax: 684.633.1869

Contact Person: Margaret Sesepasara, RN, MS, Executive Secretary

Arizona State Board of Nursing

Location: 4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655

Phone: 602.771.7800

Fax: 602.771.7888


Contact Person: Joey Ridenour, MN, RN, FAAN, Executive Director

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

Location: University Tower Building, 1123 S. University, Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204-1619

Phone: 501.686.2700

Fax: 501.686.2714


Contact Person: Sue Tedford, MNSc, APN, RN, Executive Director

California Board of Registered Nursing

Location: 1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: 916.322.3350

Fax: 916.574.8637


Contact Person: Louise Bailey, MEd, RN, Executive Officer

California Board Of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

Location: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833

Phone: 916.263.7800

Fax: 916.263.7859


Contact Person: John Brooks, Acting Executive Officer

Colorado Board of Nursing

Location: Division of Professions and Occupations, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO


Phone: 303.894.2430

Fax: 303.894.2821


Contact Person: Georgia Roberts, Esq., Program Director

Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing

Location: Dept. of Public Health, 410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 13PHO, Hartford, CT 06134-0328

Phone: 860.509.7624 or 860.509.7603 - for testing candidates only

Fax: 860.509.7553


Contact Person: Kathleen W. Boulware, RN, Public Health Systems Manager, Practitioner

Investigation Unit

Delaware Board of Nursing

 Location: 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Cannon Building, Suite 203, Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302.744.4500

Fax: 302.739.2711


Contact Person: Vacant

District of Columbia Board of Nursing

Location: 899 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 877.672.2174

Fax: 202.727.8471


Contact Person: Karen Scipio-Skinner MSN, RN, Executive Director

Florida Board of Nursing

Location: 4042 Bald Cypress Way, Room 120, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850.245.4125

Fax: 850.245.4172


Contact Person: Joe Baker, Jr. Executive Director

Georgia Board of Nursing

Location: 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: 478.207.2440

Fax: 877.371.5712


Contact Person: Jim Cleghorn, Executive Director

Guam Board of Nurse Examiners

Location: Mangilao, Guam 96913-6304

Phone: 671.735.7407

Fax: 671.735.7413


Contact Person: Marlene Carbullido, RN, Executive Officer

Hawaii Board of Nursing

Location: King Kalakaua Building, 335 Merchant Street, 3rd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813 

Mailing Address:

Attn: Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801 

Phone: 808.586.3000

Fax: 808.586.2686


Contact Person: Lee Ann Teshima, Executive Officer

Idaho Board of Nursing

Location: 280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210, Boise, ID 83720

Phone: 208.334.3110

Fax: 208.334.3262


Contact Person: Sandra Evans, MAEd, RN, Executive Director

Illinois Board of Nursing

Location: James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street, Suite 9-300, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312.814.2715

Fax: 312.814.3145


Contact Person: Michele Bromberg, MSN, APN, Nursing Coordinator

Indiana State Board of Nursing

Location: Professional Licensing Agency, 402 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317.234.2043

Fax: 317.233.4236


Contact Person: Exton Cordingley, JD, Board Director

Iowa Board of Nursing

Location: RiverPoint Business Park, 400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685

Phone: 515.281.3255

Fax: 515.281.4825


Contact Person: Kathleen Weinberg, RN, MSN, Executive Director

Kansas State Board of Nursing

Location: Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1051, Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: 785.296.4929

Fax: 785.296.3929


Contact Person: Mary Blubaugh, MSN, RN, Executive Administrator

Kentucky Board of Nursing

Location: 312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: 502.429.3300

Fax: 502.429.3311


Contact Person: Paula Schenk, MPH, RN, Executive Director

Louisiana State Board of Nursing

Location: 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810

Phone: 225.755.7500

Fax: 225.755.7584


Contact Person: Karen C. Lyon, PhD, RN, ACNS, NEA, Executive Director

Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

Location: 131 Airline Drive, Ste/ 301 Metairie, LA 70001

Phone: 504.838.5791

Fax: 504.838.5279


Contact Person: Lynn Ansardi, RN, Executive Director

Maine State Board of Nursing

Location: 161 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: 207.287.1133

Fax: 207.287.1149


Contact Person: Kim Esquibel, PhD, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Maryland Board of Nursing

Location: 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Phone: 410.585.1900

Fax: 410.358.3530


Contact Person: Mary Kay Goetter, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

Location: Commonwealth of Massachusetts 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th floor Boston, MA


Phone: 617.973.0900 or 800.414.0168

Fax: 617.973.0984


Contact Person: Carol A. Silveira, MS, RN, Staff Contact

Michigan Board of Nursing

Location: Bureau of Health Care Services, 611 W. Ottawa St; PO Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517.335.0918

Fax: 517.241.1431


Contact Person: Cheryl Pezon, JD, Manager, Boards and Special Programs Section

Minnesota Board of Nursing

Location: 2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612.317.3000

Fax: 612.617.2190


Contact Person: Shirley Brekken, MS, RN, Executive Director

Mississippi Board of Nursing

Location: 713 Pear Orchard Road, 3rd Floor, Ridgeland, MS 39157

Phone: 601.957.6300

Fax: 601.957.6301


Contact Person: Lynn Langley, DNP, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CPHQ, Executive Director

Missouri State Board of Nursing

Location: 3605 Missouri Blvd., P.O. Box 656, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656

Phone: 573.751.0681

Fax: 573.751.0075


Contact Person: Lori Scheidt, MBA-HCM, Executive Director

Montana State Board of Nursing

Location: 301 South Park, Suite 401, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

Phone: 406.841.2300

Fax: 406.841.2340


Contact Person: Cynthia Gustafson, PhD, RN, Executive Director

Nebraska APRN Board

Location: Office of Nursing and Nursing Support, DHHS, Division of Public Health, Licensure Unit,

301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: 402.471.6443

Fax: 402.471.1066


Contact Person: Karen Bowen, MS, RN, Executive Director

Nebraska Board Of Nursing

Location: Office of Nursing and Nursing Support, DHHS, Division of Public Health, Licensure Unit,

301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: 402.471.4376

Fax: 402.471.1066


Contact Person: Karen Bowen, MS, RN, Executive Director

Nevada State Board of Nursing

Location: 5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Suite 300, Reno, NV 89502

Phone: 775.687.7700

Fax: 775.687.7707


Contact Person: Debra Scott, MSN, RN, FRE, Executive Director

New Hampshire Board of Nursing

Location: 121 S. Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603.271.2323

Fax: 603.271.6605


Contact Person: Denise Nies, MSN, RN, BC, Executive Director

New Jersey Board of Nursing

Location: P.O. Box 45010, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ 07101

Phone: 973.504.6430

Fax: 973.648.3481


Contact Person: Joanne Leone, Esq., Acting Executive Director

New Mexico Board of Nursing

Location: 6301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 710, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone: 505.841.8340

Fax: 505.841.8347


Contact Person: Demetrius Chapman, MPH, MSN(R), APRN, Executive Director

New York State Board of Nursing

Location: Education Bldg., 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor West Wing, Albany, NY 12234

Phone: 518.474.3817, Ext. 120

Fax: 518.474.3706


Contact Person: Suzanne Sullivan, JD, RN, Executive Secretary

North Carolina Board of Nursing

Location: 4516 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: 919.782.3211

Fax: 919.781.9461


Contact Person: Julia L. George, MSN, RN, FRE, Executive Director

North Dakota Board of Nursing

Location: 919 South 7th Street, Suite 504, Bismarck, ND 58504

Phone: 701.328.9777

Fax: 701.328.9785


Contact Person: Stacey Pfenning, DNP, APRN, FNP, Executive Director

Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Board of Nurse Examiners

Location: Navy Hill, Saipan, MP 96950

Phone: 670. 233.2263

Fax: 670.664.4813


Contact Person: Bertha Camacho, MSN, WHNP-BC, Board Chairperson

Ohio Board of Nursing

Location: 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43215-3413

Phone: 614.466.6940

Fax: 614.466.0388


Contact Person: Betsy J. Houchen, JD, MS, RN, Executive Director

Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Location: 2915 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 524, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Phone: 405.962.1800

Fax: 405.962.1821


Contact Person: Kimberly Glazier, M.Ed., RN, Executive Director

Oregon State Board of Nursing

Location: 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224

Phone: 971.673.0685

Fax: 971.673.0684


Contact Person: Ruby Jason, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

Location: P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Phone: 717.783.7142

Fax: 717.783.0822


Contact Person: Laurette D. Keiser, MSN, RN, Executive Secretary/Section ChiefRhode

Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education

Location: 105 Cannon Building, Three Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908

Phone: 401.222.5700

Fax: 401.222.3352


Contact Person: Margaret L. Clifton, RN-BC, MS, CLNC, Director

South Carolina Board of Nursing

Location: Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building, 110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202, Columbia,

SC 29210

Phone: 803.896.4550

Fax: 803.896.4515


Contact Person: Nancy Murphy MS, RN, BC, CPM, Administrator

South Dakota Board of Nursing

Location: 4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115

Phone: 605.362.2760

Fax: 605.362.2768


Contact Person: Gloria Damgaard, MS, RN, FRE, Executive Secretary

Tennessee State Board of Nursing

Location: 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: 615.532.5166

Fax: 615.741.7899


Contact Person: Elizabeth Lund, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Texas Board of Nursing

Location: 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512.305.7400

Fax: 512.305.7401


Contact Person: Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, FAAN, Executive Director

Utah State Board of Nursing

Location: Heber M. Wells Bldg., 4th Floor, 160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801.530.6628

Fax: 801.530.6511


Contact Person: Suzette Farmer, PhD, RN, Bureau Manager

Vermont State Board of Nursing

Location: Office of Professional Regulation, Board of Nursing, 89 Main Street, Floor 3, Montpelier,

Vermont, 05620-3402

Phone: 802.828.2396

Fax: 802.828.2484


Contact Person: Linda Davidson, APRN, Executive Director

Virginia Board of Nursing

Location: Department of Health Professions, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300,

Henrico, Virginia 23233

Phone: 804.367.4515

Fax: 804.527.4455


Contact Person: Jay Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, Executive Director

Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Location: Department of Health, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Olympia, WA


Phone: 360.236.4700

Fax: 360.236.4738


Contact Person: Paula Meyer, MSN, RN, FRE, Executive Director

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

Location: 101 Dee Drive, Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: 304.558.3596

Fax: 304.558.3666


Contact Person: Laura Rhodes, MSN, RN, Executive Director

West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses

Location: 101 Dee Drive, Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: 304.558.3572

Fax: 304.558.4367


Contact Person: Lanette Anderson, JD, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Location: 1400 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608.266.2112

Fax: 608.261.7083


Contact Person: Dan Williams, Bureau Director – Division of Board Services

Wyoming State Board of Nursing

Location: 130 Hobbs Avenue, Suite B, Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307.777.7601

Fax: 307.777.3519


Contact Person: Cynthia LaBonde, MN, RN, Executive Director

Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure

Location: #3 Kongens Gade (Government Hill), St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802

Phone: 340.776.7397

Fax: 340.777.4003


Contact Person: Cynthia Stapleton, Interim Executive Director

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