The Board is comprised of 14 members charged with implementation of policy and overseeing the activities of the Board of Nursing.
Elected Nurse Members
Elected nurse members fill 11 seats on the Board. Registered Nurses hold 8 positions to include a Nurse Administrator in a Hospital or Hospital System, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Staff Nurse, Nurse Educator and At Large. Licensed Practical Nurses fill 3 seats.
In addition to its 11 elected members, the Board has 3 public members. The Governor, the President Pro-tem Senate and the House Speaker each appoint a member to serve. Anyone interested in serving on the Board as a public member should contact their local State Senator or Representative.
Terms of Office
Both elected nurse members and public members serve a 4-year term and may be elected/re-appointed for a second term not to exceed 8 consecutive years on the Board.
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to issuing, renewing and reinstating nursing licenses for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, Board responsibilities include:
- Approving and monitoring the state’s nursing education programs which lead to initial licensure throughout the state;
- Interpreting the practice of nursing in North Carolina based on the Nursing Practice Act;
- Investigating complaints against licensed nurses and taking appropriate actions when deemed necessary;
- Administering the Nurse Licensure Compact;
- Maintaining the Nurse Aide II Registry;
- Regulating the practice of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives.
Board members spend an average of 30 days per year in carrying out these duties. Additional time may be spent depending upon Committee assignments and participation in other Board-related activities.
Board and Committee Meetings
The North Carolina Board of Nursing holds its Board and Committee meetings at the Board of Nursing office located at:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
Board meetings are held each year in January, May and September. Board meetings are open to the public and individuals are encouraged to attend either the full meeting or the Open Comment Period.
Open Comment Period
The purpose of the Open Comment Period is to provide members of the nursing community an opportunity to bring issues of concern to the Board. Individuals are encouraged to share their concerns, offer views and present questions regarding issues that impact nursing and nursing regulation. This is an opportunity for open exchange of ideas; there is no pre-established agenda, but we do ask that anyone wishing to speak at the Open Comment Period notify the Board of Nursing. Educators/students from schools of nursing, representatives from associations/councils, nursing executives from various settings, as well as members of the public are invited to attend. Written comments must be submitted on the day of the Open Comment Period. Individuals will have five (5) minutes to address the Board.
Board meeting agendas are posted to the website approximately two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.
Most of the Board’s work is accomplished through the Committee process. Occasionally, the Board may convene a special task force to accomplish specific objectives within a specified time frame. Members of the health care field and/or interested parties may be appointed to serve on both Advisory Committees and Task Forces.
Attendance at Meetings:
If you would like to attend a Board or Committee meeting, participate in the Open Comment Period or wish to obtain additional information related to meeting attendance, email the following information to Meetings using the Contact Us Form:
- Full Name
- If representing an organization, the name of the organization
- Telephone Number during business hours
- Email Address
- Topic for presentation
At each scheduled Board meeting, Board members review and approve the minutes from the previous Board meeting. Once approved, minutes are posted to the website.
The Board’s strategic plan supports the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization. The components of quality improvement, effective communication and utilization of relevant technology are integral to the plan and inherently woven into each strategic initiative.