Boards of Nursing (BONs) were established over 100 years ago to protect health of the general public. They oversee and assure the safe practice of nursing. BONs establish the standards for safe nursing care and issue licenses to practice nursing. The 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories each have their own BON(s). The states of California, Georgia, Louisiana, and West Virginia have two BONs - one for RNs and one for LPNs/LVNs. Nebraska has a separate board for APRNs.
You will need to contact your state's BON if you are a recent graduate of an LPN program, an internationally educated LPN, or an LPN licensed in another state (to apply for license); a working LPN (to periodically apply for license renewal); a potential/current employer of LPN(s) or even a patient/family or friend of a patient (to verify an LPN's license); or just anybody with knowledge of an LPN's misconduct (to complaint). Find the contact information and the website address of your state's BON by selecting your state in the drop down menu below.