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Updated: Dec. 29, 2023

Washington State Nursing Commission Name Changed to Board of Nursing

Washington state has joined the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) effective July 24, 2023.

As a part of the legislation to join the NLC, we changed our name: 

  • Old name: Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)
  • New name: Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON)

As we transition to the new name you may see communications and materials with either our old or new name.

You may see these names and acronyms referring to us:

New name:

  • Washington State Board of Nursing
  • WA Board of Nursing
  • Board of Nursing
  • Nursing Board

Old name:

  • Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
  • Nursing Commission

Name change next steps

We began using our new name, Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON), July 24, 2023. 

You should see our new name in:

  • Emails
  • New documents
  • New forms
  • New web content
  • News stories
  • Etc.


The board approved a new logo with our new name in November 2023. We updated our website with our new logo in December 2023 and will be using it going forward.

Web content

New content will have our new name and logo. We will work on updating relevant web content over the next year. 

Things not updating

Undertaking a name and logo change after 29 years, is a huge transition.

A lot of our previously posted content on our website won't be changing. 

Older content that may not change:

  • Previous news stories
  • Meeting minutes
  • Meeting agendas
  • Presentations
  • Published Advisory Opinions
  • Published Rules and Legislation
  • Published Forms
  • Information documents
  • Videos
  • Archived information
  • And more

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