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June 25, 2021 - Vol. 2, Issue 6


News & Updates

Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health 

The National Academy of Medicine released the long-awaited Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030 in May 2021. "Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report builds on the foundation set out by the 2011 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health"
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The 500-plus page Future of Nursing report is condensed to nine recommendations and can be seen in this resource document.

State nursing workforce centers and state nursing action coalitions will now begin the work of implementing the recommendations - several of which have 2021 dates. The Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce will take the recommendations into consideration in the finalization of the Center's strategic plan. Watch future newsletters for more information. 

To read and download the full report National Academy of Medicine report, click on this link: FON 2020-2030 Report

The Iowa Board of Nursing is seeking qualified individuals to apply for the Iowa Nurse Assistance Program Committee (INAPC)

The Iowa Nurse Assistance Program invites nurses interested in participating in a voluntary committee to submit their information to the Iowa Board of Nursing. The INAPC serves as an advisory resource to the INAP program. Committee member duties include reviewing case files to determine eligibility, contract compliance and non-compliance reviews, in-person committee meetings, collaboration with INAP staff and program guidance. We are specifically looking for nurses who represent letter “c” in the Iowa Administrative Code 655, Chapter 19.3(1), “One licensed health care provider with expertise in substance use disorders.” The INAP Committee replacement term will serve June 2021-December 2022. This will be a replacement term and only nurses with expertise in substance use are needed.

The purpose of the INAP Committee is to provide a program to support the evaluation and monitoring of licensees who are impaired as a result of substance use or by any mental or physical disorder or disability, while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

655—19.3(272C) Organization of the committee. The board shall appoint the members of the INAPC.

19.3(1) Membership. The membership of the INAPC includes, but is not limited to:

a. The executive director of the board or the director’s designee from the board’s staff (Filled)

b. One board of nursing licensee who has maintained sobriety for a period of no less than two years following successful completion of a recovery program (Filled)

c. One licensed health care provider with expertise in substance use disorders (Open)

d. One licensed provider with expertise in mental health (Filled)

e. One public member (Filled)

Qualified individuals may apply to be a member of the committee by submitting a letter of intent, addressing qualifications as stated in 19.3(1), and a current resume to the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Attention: Rhonda Ruby, INAP Coordinator or mail the items to:
Iowa Board of Nursing
400 SW 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Tip of the Week


A nurse has a multistate registered nurse (RN) license in Arizona. Can that nurse also practice as an advanced practive registered nurse (APRN) in all states?


No. NLC multistate licensure only pertains to RN or licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) licensure. 

For more information about the Nurse Licensure Compact, see this link on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website:


Iowa Nurses Association Well-Being App Launched

The last year has brought unprecedented challenges to the nursing profession. The Iowa Nurses Association (INA), in an email dated June 10th, reiterated their dedication to connecting, supporting and advocating for nurses and healthcare in our state. The goal is to give nurses the support they need. INA introduced a new free statewide initiative called, #RNconnect.

This program allows someone to easily integrate well-being into their day by receiving twice-weekly tips for the next few months on how to de-stress, strengthen mind and body and take care of themselves. The text messages are aimed at connecting  someone to resources such as counseling, easy self-care activities and opportunities to connect with other nurses facing the same challenges as them. 

For more information, download the RNConnect flyer. 

The INA encourages nurses to share this free program with other nurses. 


News to Know

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Upcoming Board Meetings are listed on the Board's website

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is July 14, 2021. Agendas (posted no later than 24 hours before a meeting) and approved minutes can be found at Board Meeting Records

COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Update

The license relief emergency proclamation, set forth by Governor Kim Reynolds was continued on May 27, 2021, and runs through June 26, 2021. Click on the emergency proclamation link to see the Board's COVID-19 webpage.

The Board strongly encourages nurses to renew their licenses on time. 

Future Ready Iowa - Last Dollar Scholarship Information

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses - Take a look at these scholarship opportunities:

HRSA Health Workforce Scholarship - STAR LRP

Substance use disorder treatment professionals and paraprofessionals can earn up to $250,000 through a new HRSA loan repayment program.

Applications through July 22, 6:30 PM CST. See this link to apply:

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