The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa

 The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, advocate,

and support for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.

Nursing Connections

The Iowa Nurses Association is pleased to offer resources pertaining to Nursing to its site visitors.

The Web site of the Iowa Board of Nursing (Link Below) offers much information on the nursing profession, licensure, certification and more.

See the drop down menu to the left for a variety of other Internet resources.

Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) Website

Nursing Career Info


Thinking About a Career in Nursing? 

What do nurses do?

The definition of professional nursing: NURSING is the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. See ANA's Nursing's Social Policy Statement.

ANA's Web site NursingWorld has more information on Nursing Careers. 

Work Hours

Work hours vary greatly depending on the type and practice area of nursing that you select. Nursing is likely the most versatile health profession that could be entered. School nurses have work days and schedule that follow the K-12 and college class schedules. Public health nurses may have the traditional office hours of 8 AM to 5 PM. In 24/7 (patient care that is 24 hours a day/7 days a week, there are three shifts of nurse staffing that need to be covered. There are variations of these time frames as well.

Educational Preparation

Nursing has a "career ladder" not found in many other professions. Many start as a nurse aide, medic, emergency medical technician and take additional classes that qualify them to sit for nursing licensure. There are currently two academic preparation paths for RN licensure-- an Associate Degree in Nursing - A D N granted by a community college or the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing BSN granted by a college or university.

Length of Education

The length of education depends on the level of the nursing career you want to practice at. Board of Nursing regulations require at least one year of academic study to qualify for the licensure exam as a licensed practical nurse and at least two years of academic study to qualify for the licensure exam as a registered nurse. See the definition of “program” in Chapter 2 of the Iowa Board of Nursing administrative rules.

Licensure as an RN

Visit the Web site of the Iowa State Board of Nursing (Link Below) for more information on initial licensure, national examination and three year license renewal. To renew the three-year license, Iowa Board of Nursing regulations require 36 hours of continuing education to be taken.

Career Resources

New Graduate Support Resources

NursingWorld's Info for Nursing Students

ANA's Nursing Career Web Page

Iowa Board of Nursing

RN to BSN Program guide

Nursing Salaries in Iowa

Because of Medicare’s historic low payment to Iowa hospitals and providers, Iowa nurses salaries have lagged behind the average nursing salaries in other states. The Iowa Nurses Association does not gather salary information. .