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November 22, 2021 - Vol. 2, Issue 11


News & Updates

Thanksgiving Day Holiday closure notice

A Note from the Executive Director

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for the nurses of Iowa and the outstanding care you provide to the citizens of Iowa. Please continue to practice safe, competent care and remember to take care of each other in these difficult times.

My kindest regards,


Kathy Weinberg, Executive Director

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application.

The deadline to submit applications for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) is extended until Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

There will be a record number of clinicians awarded scholarships this year thanks to additional funding through the Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan. Don't wait - apply today!

Get specific details on eligibility and how to apply on the NHSC website.

Now Open!
2022 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle

Across the United States, many communities are facing a shortage of health care providers, especially nurses. There are many factors that impact the supply of and demand for nurses, such as population growth, an aging population, overall economic conditions, and the aging of the nursing workforce.

The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) helps address the health care needs of those in underserved communities and supports the ongoing development of the nursing workforce in our country by offering funding to registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses towards payment of their qualifying educational loans.

In exchange for the payment of these qualifying educational loans:

  • Nurses (RNs and APRNs) serve a two-year service commitment at a health care facility facing a critical shortage of nurses.
  • Nurse faculty serve a two-year service commitment at an eligible school of nursing.

Additional loan repayment is available for both groups with a third year of service commitment.

Learn more about this opportunity.

The application cycle closes on January 13, 2022.

New Funding Opportunity Available!

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-22-047

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released this new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty nationwide. The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides funding to accredited schools of nursing to establish and operate a student loan fund and provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. In exchange for completion of up to four years of post-graduation full-time nurse faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing, the program authorizes cancellation of up to 85 percent of the original student loan amount (plus interest thereon).

Through these efforts, the NFLP will build upon HRSA’s existing health workforce development investments, increasing access to a skilled health workforce.

HRSA anticipates to award up to 80 grantees with a total of approximately $26.5 million to support training of advanced education nursing students who will serve as nurse faculty upon graduation, with a focus on doctorate preparation.

Visit to apply.

The application deadline is January 13, 2022

Important Reminders About License Renewals

The most frequently asked question received at the Board office is
licensees calling to ask where their license wallet card is after
they have renewed.

The answer is: Wallet cards are no longer issued.

After you have renewed your license, you will receive an email
confirmation about the transaction. 

Since 7/1/2019, the renewal process no longer includes sending a wallet card. Licensees and/or employers may now verify a license status through the IBON Online Services portal, by clicking on the license verification tab. The license number is needed to perform the verification. Once entered, the system will provide a screen with the license number, status, nurse license compact status, license type, original issue date, issue date for the current license and the expiration date of the license. If you want to have a paper document for your wallet or file, there is an option to print a screen shot of the information, but the information on the printed copy will not reflect any changes to the license should there be any during your licensure period.

Another frequently asked question is about licensees who have
lost their sign-in information and/or their password for access to
the IBON Online Services portal. Board staff does not have
access to this information. As such, licensees are highly
encouraged to keep their Account ID and password in a secure
location between renewals. For assistance with your login, please
contact the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-

Alternatively, you can see the Board's YouTube channel for videos on the topic of setting up your account, or if you have forgotten your password. That same channel also has videos about reporting criminal offenses to the Board.

Did you know you need to tell the Board within 30 days of a move
or a name change? Email your name or address changes to Include your name and license number along
with your former address and new address. For name changes,
include your complete former name and new name, license
number and address. 

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I am graduating from a nursing program this year. Can I take the NCLEX in a different state?

The NCLEX can be taken in any state convenient to you. The results will be directed to the board of nursing where you applied for your authorization to test (ATT) and licensure. If you are seeking a multistate license and reside in a compact state, you should apply for a license in the state where you intend to legally reside and/or practice.

For additional information about the NLC, See these links:


The Board of Nursing office will be closed from November 24 through 26, 2021, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day state holidays. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, November 29th.

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The latest two podcast episodes about the topic of Licensure have been posted! Check out Nursing Sound Reports at the following links:

Licensure #1
Licensure #2

News to Know

Click on the underlined headings for more information. 

Upcoming Board Meetings are listed on the Board's website

The next regularly scheduled conference call is December 8, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.

Agendas (posted no later than 24 hours before a meeting) and approved minutes can be found at Board Meeting Records


The latest proclamation of disaster emergency was signed by Governor Kim Reynolds on November 12, 2021, and now runs through December 12, 2021. For ongoing guidance and information please refer to the Board's COVID-19 website page, or the State's Iowa COVID-19 information page, where a more comprehensive overview can be viewed.  

Future Ready Iowa - Last Dollar Scholarship Information

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

The Iowa Nurse Assistance Program is offered by the Iowa Board of Nursing as a resource for individuals who are impaired due to substance use or by any mental or physical condition. Contact staff at for assistance. 

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