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Nevada State Board of Nursing.

This month Nevada Nurses Association (NNA) would like to highlight the Nevada State Board of Nursing (NSBN). The Nevada Nurses Association has an excellent relationship with the Nevada State Board of Nursing; but there remains confusion on our roles and who we represent. Each of our organization have a different focus with NNA as a volunteer, advocacy organization and NVSB is a state governmental body. We believe the following information may clarify this issue.

The Nevada State Board of Nursing's mission is to protect the public's health, safety and welfare through effective nursing regulation. It is a governmental agency established by Nevada law with it's primary goal to protect the public from unsafe practice by nurses.

It was established with the efforts of nurses and legislators in 1923, the Nevada State Board of Nursing was modeled on legislation enacted by other countries and a few other states. The intent was to separate untrained "nurses" from those who had undergone formal training.

Nevada's first school of nursing was established by St. Mary's Hospital in 1909. An alumni association of the school's graduates led to the formation of the Nevada State Nurses Association in 1917. Its main objective was to "secure passage of a law providing state registration of nurses.

Attempts to achieve this goal were made during the legislative sessions of 1915, 1919 and 1921, but all failed. In 1923, a bill was introduced by State Assemblywoman Marguerite Gosse of Reno. In spite of opposition, the bill was passed by both houses and signed into law by Governor James Scrugham on March 20, 1923.

Since its inception, the Nevada State Board of Nursing has grown from a three-member to a seven-member entity. Ninety individuals have served on the Board, bringing hundreds of years of nursing experience with them. They have represented every nursing specialty and a wide range of health care settings.

In 1973, a consumer member was added to represent the viewpoint of the general public, and in 1995, a certified nursing assistant member was added to represent the CNA community.

The seven-member board is appointed by the governor and consists of four registered nurses, one practical nurse, one certified nursing assistant and one consumer member. One member must represent the interests of those who are indigent, uninsured, or unable to afford health care. The Board appoints an executive director (a registered nurse) who is responsible for a staff of 23.

The Board is advised by and appoints members to five standing advisory committees. These committee are composed of nursing professional who are chosen based on expertise, geographic location, and committee needs. The committees are: Advanced Practice Advisory Committee, Certified Nursing Assistant Advisory committee, Disability Advisory Committee, Education Advisory committee and Nursing Practice Advisory Committee. As the committee title (advisory) implies the NVSB considers the recommendations of the advisory committee during its regular meetings. Virtually every law, regulation and advisory opinion issued by the board has been based on a recommendation by one of the advisory committees. When the Board adopts a practice decision, it becomes effective immediately. When the board decides to pursue a regulation, it must go through the public process mandated by Nevada Law and through the legislative process.

The NVSB functions and responsibilities have increased dramatically since 1923, when it licensed 104 Registered nurses as have the number of nursing care providers it oversees.

In 2007 it is responsible for licensing, certifying and disciplining more the 33,000, including registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, advanced practice nurses, certified nursing assistants and certified registered nurses anesthetists; Review the list below for its extensive responsibilities that include approving schools of nursing and nursing assistant training programs.

While there are many ways to get involved, the Board encourages you to first learn as much as you can about the issues you are interested in, and then pursue the avenues the Board has established for you to share your knowledge and make your view known.

You may wish to apply for an appointment as a member of the NVSB advisory committee. A list of openings and an application, along extensive with extensive information is on the board web site. If you have time to commit to one of the toughest volunteer position in the state, you may wish to apply for an appointment as a board member. The Governor appoints members to a four-year terms.

All Nevada State Board and committee meetings are open to the public and the agenda are posted on the website. Try to attend so you can become knowledgeable of the workings of the board and committees. Then when you have an issue you would like to be consider you know how they can be addressed.

The Board's current functions include:


* Establish minimum practice standards

* Develop and adopt regulations

* Appoint advisory committees to get direct nursing input

* Publish, distribute and provide education on the Nurse Practice Act

* Collaborate with consumers, individuals, groups and organizations

* Provide education to increase public awareness and understanding of the Board's role and purpose

Licensure, Certification and Education

* Approve schools of nursing and nursing assistant training programs

* Adopt exams for licensing/certification

* Issue certificates to nursing assistants

* License registered and practical nurses

* Certify advanced practitioners of nursing, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and emergency medical service/registered nurses

* Approve education/training programs for ongoing competency

Discipline and Investigations

* Investigate complaints against nurses and nursing assistants

* Conduct disciplinary proceedings

* Administer remediation and rehabilitation programs, including:

* Monitoring nurses and nursing assistants who are on disciplinary probation

* Administering alternative program for nurses recovering from chemical dependency.

Nevada State Board members:

Helen Vos, MS, RN, President, RN Member; Betty McKay, LPN, Secretary, LPN Member; Doreen Begley, MS, RN, RN Member; Belen Gabato, MS, RN, RN Member Mary Ann Lambert, MSN, RN, RN Member; Carrie McMurray, CAN CNA Member Sandy Peltyn, Consumer Member

Executive Director Debra Scott, MSN, RN, APN

Contact Information for the Nevada State Board of Nursing, 5011 Meadowood Mall Way #300, Reno, NV 89502-6547; Phone:1-888-590-6726; email Web site: www.
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Title Annotation:Legislation
Publication:Nevada RNformation
Article Type:Organization overview
Geographic Code:1U8NV
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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