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If you are interested in becoming a nurse, IUON has compiled a list of resources you may want to refer to.

American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for America's baccalaureate- and higher-degree nursing education programs.

AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing— the nation's largest health care profession. 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN).  Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

CGNFS International®

CGFNS International(formerly the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) is an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification pertaining to the education, registration and licensure of nurses and health care professionals worldwide.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) provides an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

NCSBN's programs and services include developing the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations, performing policy analysis and promoting uniformity in relationship to the regulation of nursing practice, disseminating data related to the licensure of nurses, conducting research pertinent to NCSBN's purpose, and serving as a forum for information exchange for members.

The National League for Nursing (NLN)

The National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public. The NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 28,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. 

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for postsecondary and higher degree nursing programs. NLNAC provides specialized accreditation for all types of nursing education programs (clinical doctorate, master's, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical).

NLNAC supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved. 

State Boards of Nursing

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Colorado Kentucky  New Hampshire  South Dakota  Guam 
Connecticut  Louisiana  New Jersey  Tennessee  Virgin Islands 
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District of Columbia Maryland  New York  Utah   
Florida  Massachusetts  North Carolina  Vermont   
Georgia  Michigan  North Dakota  Virginia   
Hawaii  Minnesota   Ohio Washington   



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