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Board of Nursing

The Board of Nursing regulates the following providers of health care: registered nurses (RNs); licensed practical nurses (LPNs); advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to include: nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners; and nursing assistive personnel (NAPs) to include: dialysis techs (DTs),  certified nursing assistants (CNAs ), home health aides (HHAs).  The Board approves and regulates the education and training programs of the health care providers listed above. The Board issues a quarterly newsletter, DC NURSE, as a communication vehicle to the DC Nursing Community.

The Board administers a rehabilitation program, the Committee On Impaired Nurses (COIN), which was established to monitor the practice of nurses impaired due to substance abuse or mental illness.  

The Board consists of eleven DC residents:  Seven RNs, two LPNs, and two consumer members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the DC Council.

 “The mission of the Board of Nursing is to safeguard the public’s health and well-being by assuring safe quality care in the District of Columbia. This is achieved through the regulation of nursing practice and education programs; and by the licensure, registration and continuing education of nursing personnel.”

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Application Packages

  Registered Nurse
  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  Licensed Practical Nurse
  Certified Nurse Assistant
  Home Health Aide
  Trained Medication Employee

NURSYS Endorsement Verification

Abuse Registry
CNA Abuse Registry

Impaired Nurses
Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN)

Reporting Unsafe Nursing Practice

License Search
Online License Search

File a Complaint
Disciplinary Action Taken (to come)
Complaint Review and Investigations Process

DC Legislation and Regulations

Nursing Education Programs
Nursing Education Programs

Continuing Education (CE)
Continuing Education

Board Members
BON Members

Board Agenda and Minutes
BON Agenda & Meeting Schedule
BON Minutes

Board Opinions
BON Issued Opinions

DC Nurse (BON Newsletter)

Name/Address Change
Reporting a Name or Address Change

Controlled Substance Registration
DC Controlled Substance Registration 

Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background Check



Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 724-5145
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE