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Maryland Board of Nursing 
Mary Kay Goetter, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director
Nancy D. Adams, MBA, RN, President


The mission of the Board of Nursing is to advance safe quality care in Maryland through licensure, certification, education and accountability for public protection.

The Board of Nursing functions under the Maryland Nurse Practice Act, Health Occupations Article, Section 8. It has authority to adopt regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the law. The Board is mandated to regulate the practice of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants, medication technicians, and electrologists.


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4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland, 21215-2254


In the event the State of Maryland is closed for inclement weather, the Board of Nursing will also be closed for business.  At the February, 2015 Board meeting, it was decided that the Maryland Board of Nursing will follow the United States District Court for the District of Maryland weather policy. In the event of weather-related disruptions to the court schedules or to the operating status of the Federal courthouse, information can be obtained by dialing 410-962-2600 and pressing 3. 

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yellow arrow bullet NEW! Change to Current 90-Day Letter Submission Process for Initial Nursing Assistant Applicants 

yellow arrow bullet NEW ARRIVALS AT THE BOARD OF NURSING Congratulations to our Direct Entry Midwives who are the new Health Occupation licensees under the Board’s regulation.

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Behavioral Health Integration changes effective January 2015. DHMH has made  important administrative changes to mental health and substance use disorder treatment services.

yellow arrow bullet  Naloxone Expansion and Overdose Death Prevention in Maryland


  • CNAs expiring on SEPTEMBER 28, 2014
  • CNAs expiring on OCTOBER 28, 2014
  • Nurses expiring on OCTOBER 28, 2014 
You will be receiving or will have received this information in the mail. It is important that you use the information provided to you to ensure the speedy processing of your renewal. Please be sure to mail a COPY of your receipt to 4140 Patterson Ave, Baltimore, MD  21215-2254, Attn: Jeff Odin. The Board will not accept any receipt dated before June 20, 2014 for September renewals and August 1, 2014 for October renewals.  Click here for more Information.

yellow arrow bullet The Board is currently seeking professional nurses (RN/LPN) with experience in substance abuse, mental health and pain management as well as community consumers who have recovered from alcohol or drug addiction or chemical dependency for appointment to the Board’s Rehabilitation Committee - CLICK FOR DETAILS

yellow arrow bullet Important Information for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Spouses for expedited licensing and certification

yellow arrow bullet  RNs and LPNs graduating from nursing programs without a clinical component can now apply for an endorsement license in Maryland - More information

arrow bullet The Board is asking members of the CNA, LPN and RN community to apply for appointment to the CNA Advisory Committee.  Current committee members have been volunteering as a committee member for quite some time and it is now time for these members to be replaced with new members. Click for details

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Last update: June 23, 2015
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