new york state board of nursing

Welcome to the New York State Board of Nursing’s website. The New York State Board of Nursing is responsible for licensing, regulating and disciplining nurses in the state of New York. Our website provides important information about the Board and its responsibilities as well as other resources that are helpful to nurses and nursing students.

new york state board of nursing

1 Welcome to the New York State Board of Nursing Website

Welcome to the New York State Board of Nursing website! Here you can search for information about registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) and nurse aides, home health aides and personal care attendants. Please select from one of the following:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Personal Care Attendant

2 Conduct a License Search

Conducting a License Search is easy. You can search by name, license number, license type, or license status to find the licensed nurse that meets your needs. You can also search by location to see if the nurse you are looking for has an active license in New York State. You can also search by first name and last name and date of birth to narrow down your results even further!

The registration database allows you to view all registered nurses who have been issued a professional nursing license in New York State since January 1st 1920 – present day!

3 Online Applications and Forms

The Online Application link is available on the Board of Nursing website, along with additional information about how to apply and the required documents.

If you are renewing your license with a paper application form, use this link to download the form that you need.

The online License History System gives you access to your nursing license history, including verification of any action taken by the Board against your license since it was issued or last renewed. To access this system, click on the License Verification tab at the top right corner of our homepage and then click on “View Your Nursing License With One Click.” This will take you into an application for which only active licenses will be displayed; inactive licenses will not appear in this list even if they are currently valid because they have been revoked or suspended as part of disciplinary action taken by us. If we have issued an order suspending or revoking someone’s license due to disciplinary action against them (and thus preventing them from practicing nursing), such orders will appear in red text within these histories so that all parties involved can see clearly what has happened during each case involving their personal information (i.e., name address etc.). Also note that some names may appear differently depending on whether they were spelled correctly when entered into our database system initially; however most variations are considered acceptable so long as they match what appears elsewhere such as social security numbers etcetera).

4 Continuing Education Requirements

  • RNs: 30 CEUs every two years
  • LPNs/PAs: 20 CEUs every two years
  • New graduates: 20 CEUs within the first year of being licensed, followed by 10 CEUs per year thereafter.
  • Inactive nurses (not working in a nursing role): 12 hours of continuing education every two years. If you don’t complete this requirement, your license will become inactive and you’ll need to submit an application for reactivation after six months have passed.
  • Retired nurses: No requirements if retired for less than 1 year; otherwise it’s 12 hours every three years.
  • Active military members who are not practicing in a civilian capacity are exempt from continuing education requirements during their service period

5 Fact Sheets & FAQs

Fact Sheets:

Fact sheets provide information on a wide range of topics, including frequently asked questions. They are typically formatted as brief sections with bulleted points that address the most common inquiries relating to a specific topic. Facts sheets are particularly useful when you have limited time or space to explain something in detail, such as at the top of a website or in an email newsletter. They can also be included within longer documents where they’re relevant but not central to the main message being conveyed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

FAQs answer common questions people have about certain subjects or topics, often answering them in a simple yes/no format so people can quickly understand them without having to read through all the text surrounding it and risking missing something important from reading too much information at once. An FAQ is often organized into categories based on general questions about an area of knowledge so readers interested only in specific types of answers won’t needlessly wade through everything else available—only what’s relevant for them will appear at first glance! This makes finding what you need much easier because if it’s not there then there’s no reason for looking further than this section first; hence why many sites include their latest updates here instead.”

6 Practice Resources for RNs and PAs

For a more detailed look at the practice of nursing, read our fact sheets and FAQs. We also offer practice resources for RNs and PAs in New York State. If you’re looking for information on scope of practice decisions, license renewals or reinstatements, or office locations, check out our staff directory.

7 Scope of Practice Decisions

In New York, the scope of practice for nurses is defined by New York State law and the New York State Board of Nursing. The scope of practice includes the procedures, protocols, medications and diagnoses that a nurse may perform depending on their level of education and training.

In other words: if you want to be a doctor in New York State then you have to go through medical school first! A registered nurse can’t just decide one day that they want to start practicing medicine without having any formal medical training or education whatsoever. That would be crazy!

8 License Renewals and Reinstatement

  • If you have lost your license, you must reapply for a new one.
  • If it has been more than four years since the date of expiration on your current license, and you meet all other requirements, you can apply for reinstatement online at You will be required to submit certain fees with the application and a completed appeal letter explaining why your original request should be revisited by the Board (see below).
  • The Board may suspend or revoke an individual’s nursing license if that individual has committed any act which would justify disciplinary action against an applicant or licensee under Title VIII (Section 899-aa) of New York’s Public Health Law or Section 409-a(2)(e) of New York’s Education Law, as well as any other law related to professional conduct including fraud; misrepresentation; gross negligence; incompetence; unprofessional conduct; conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude; substance abuse…

9 Staff Directory & Office Locations

NYSBN Staff Directory

If you are having difficulty locating information on our website, please contact the NYSBN office in Albany at:

400 Broadway, Suite 300 – Albany NY 12204-2190

Phone: 518-473-3300 Fax: 518-473-3301 Email:


The New York State Board of Nursing is an independent statutorily created entity with the mission to protect the public health, safety and welfare by ensuring that all nurses in New York State are qualified, competent and can practice safely. The Board’s job is made easier when nurses help us keep the public safe by reporting unsafe or unprofessional conduct by other nurses.

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