National Board of Nursing

  1. 1 Why don't they have a National Board of Nursing instead of each state having a board of nursing. That way if you pass their exam you could work in any state.
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  3. Visit  Retired RB} profile page

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  4. Visit  caliotter3} profile page
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    My guess is that the states want the money garnered from the license applications.
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  5. Visit  MamaCJRN} profile page
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    My guess it would make too much sense

    I agree, it would be much more efficient. I'm going to have to research that one to see if anyone has ever made a serious effort to create a national board.
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  6. Visit  not.done.yet} profile page
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    Lordy, I can only imagine how slowly that cog wheel would turn if it were a federal beaurocracy instead of a state one.
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  7. Visit  loriangel14} profile page
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    You still only have to write one national exam right now. Each state doesn't have it's own exam.
  8. Visit  diva rn} profile page
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    Quote from caliotter3
    My guess is that the states want the money garnered from the license applications.
    Exactly! It's all about the Benjamins!!!
    Lot's of revenue.
  9. Visit  DogWmn} profile page
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    This is one of my long time peeves. Each state has it's own fiefdom, some state BON's are truely helpful some are not. It makes no sense that we take a national test, yet each state dictates how and when you can practice, get your license etc. The fees for your license vary from state to state, it's all such a racket.

    I'd love to see us go to a type of organization like the Medical Technologists have run by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. They have national Licenses for MLT's, MT's, phlebotomists, donor techs. One license good anywhere in the USA. It would cut down on costs, political fiefdom's, track stinker nurses nationally and we'd be able to move from state to state without waiting for a "local" license.

    After all, nursing is the same no matter if we are in Oregon or Florida, California or New York.
  10. Visit  Penguin67} profile page
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    NCLEX is overseen by the National Council of State Boards fo Nursing (aka NCNSB). They write the questions and give Pearson the power to administer it. It is a National organization, of which state boards are members. We cannot do away with state boards, as the monitor who can practice in their state, and they ensure that schools are state board accredited and that applicants are actually graduates of the accredited program. The differences in the scopes of practice among the states also necessitates having a state board in each state. Hope this helps! Here is the website for National Council www.ncsbn.org
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  11. Visit  serein} profile page
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    I hear that not every state gets the same kind of questions. For ex: since I graduated from a nursing school in Florida we weren't taught on how to care for frostbite which I'm sure you encounter in the north and where you'll more likely to be asked about such things on the NCLEX.
  12. Visit  PediLove2147} profile page
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    Quote from LiveLoveLaugh8
    I hear that not every state gets the same kind of questions. For ex: since I graduated from a nursing school in Florida we weren't taught on how to care for frostbite which I'm sure you encounter in the north and where you'll more likely to be asked about such things on the NCLEX.
    What if you go to school in Florida and then move to Alaska?
  13. Visit  merlee} profile page
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    For the same reason there is no national driver's license, car tags, etc. These are things which are regulated by the states. And there is money involved!!

    Among the issues is whether or not each state has mandatory CEU's and how often the license is renewed.

    And the cost varies widely as well.

    It's all about the Benjamins!!!
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  14. Visit  NRSKarenRN} profile page
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  15. Visit  Esme12} profile page
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    Quote from nrskarenrn
    you took the words right out of my mouth...well said!


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