I've said it before and I say it again--state nursing boards do NOT represent nurses. That is NOT their job and never has been. They are there to represent consumers and to make a show of it politically (in order to justify their budgets) that they are doing so. That is the reason for these kind of pointless actions (and the fact that they do nothing if nurses complain to them about staffing levels, etc.).
They ain't yo' mama.
And neither is that nursing magazine
you mentioned (nursing's version of "People" magazine, IMHO).
They publish to attract advertisers! As long as they can collect lots of advertising money, they could care less whether you subscribe or not. Of course they love to create the impression of controversy and scandal, and mix it with smarmy "feel-good" wimpy pap, as does the rest of the media, since this seems to attract readers.
If you write a letter of complaint to them, they see it as one more indication that they have lots of readers (since only one reader in so many ever writes a letter), use this as indication that their readership numbers are higher, and so charge advertisers higher rates. They are happy about all that, and certainly not inclined to change their policies, since the present one pays off so well.