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Assuring the future of nursing through grants, scholarships, education and recruitment.


The Indiana Nurses’ License Plate is a part of the Special Recognition License Plate Program sponsored by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The BMV grants approval for these plates as a way to recognize groups which have made significant civic, community and charitable contributions in the State of Indiana.

The 2003 IONL Board of Directors set the strategic goal to create a means of raising annual dollars for donation to the very good work being done by Indiana Nursing Organizations working to improve nursing resources in the state and promote the profession of nursing as a career through scholarships, education and grants. It was decided to create a Nurses’ License Plate, the annual proceeds of which would be donated.

During the winter months, the plate design and application to the Indiana BMV was prepared for submission. Official notification of approval came in May, 2003, with the stipulation that 500 plates had to be pre-sold by July 31 in order for the state to manufacture the plate. Thanks to nurses and friends of nursing in Indiana, we met and exceeded this goal. Each $25.00 plate donation is placed in a separately managed Indiana Nurses’ Plate Fund. Annually, the IONL Board awards monetary donations to qualifying applicants based on available plate fund dollars.

Nurses’ plates can be purchased at your local bmv branch or online.

Your purchase of a Nurses’ Plate will contribute $25.00 to the Nurses’ Plate Fund. All proceeds from this fund allow IONL to:

  1. Provide financial assistance to other organizations working to recruit people into the nursing profession.
  2. Provide a way for everyone to display pride in the profession of nursing.

The Indiana Organization for Nursing Leadership is a not-for-profit association of Indiana Nurse Leaders headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. IONL created the Nurses’ License Plate as tribute to nursing in Indiana. All monies raised through plate sales are returned to Indiana, a place where a career in nursing brings fulfillment, respect and growth.

Plate Donations


  1. Any organization working to improve the nursing resources, quality of nursing work-life, quality of nursing care or quality of nursing leadership in Indiana may apply for an allocation of funds.
  2. Invitations are extended to every accredited graduate nursing administration program in the state of Indiana. Individuals enrolled in a masters or doctoral program for nursing administration or leadership are nominated by the school faculty. Scholarships are awarded annually at the Annual Meeting and Conference.