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Board Name: Board of Nursing
Board ID: 94
Address: 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-532-3202
Board Contact: Sandra Sturgis
Contact Phone: 615-741-3111
Appointing Authority: Governor
TCA: 63-7-201
Duties: The Board of Nursing was created in 1911 by an act of the State Legislature and signed into law by former Governor Ben W. Hooper. The board"s mission is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring that all who practice nursing within this state are qualified and licensed to practice. Board responsibilities center around three broad functions`licensure, education and practice. The board grants licenses to licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice nurses (certificate) who meet the requirements of the statutes and rules. Only graduates of approved schools of nursing are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is required for licensure. The board prescribes the minimum curriculum for all nursing programs on ground, online, distance or via other electronic means and annually approves schools of nursing meeting board standards. New schools undergo an approval process including a survey of the program. Schools not meeting standards are investigated and the board is authorized to place the school on conditional approval or close the program if standards are not met. The board interprets the statutes and administrative rules to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest professional conduct. The board issues private advisory opinions to licensees on request. The board causes the investigation of nurses alleged to have violated the law and rules and is responsible to discipline the license of and/or imposes civil penalties on those found guilty.
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Compensation: Board members shall receive fifty dollars ($50.00) per diem when actually engaged in the discharge of official duties and shall be reimbursed for all travel and other necessary expenses.
Appropriations: Funds through the budget of the Department of Health.
Meeting Schedule: At least one (1) regular meeting each year and other meetings as determined by the Board; approximately ten (10) hours of meetings per month.
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