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The Georgia board of nursing: here to serve.

Our staff receives frequent inquiries regarding the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Professional Licensing Boards. Many individuals do not realize that the Board is one of 43 professional licensing boards supported by the Office of the Secretary of State's Professional Licensing Division in Macon.

Georgia law states that the purpose of the Georgia Board of Nursing is to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare through legislative regulation and control of registered professional nursing education and practice. The Board is comprised of eight members appointed by the Governor - seven registered nurses and one consumer member - and is responsible for the regulation of nearly 110,000 registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses.

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My staff (designated as Healthcare 3) works with the Board to provide administrative support for the Board's regulatory duties. Staff members are responsible for processing applications for licensure and renewal, complaints, board investigations and disciplinary actions, as well as providing follow-up to licensees who are being monitored for compliance with board orders. Additionally, our staff works with existing and developing nursing education programs in Georgia to ensure compliance with Board rules and regulations. Healthcare 3 staff members also provide administrative support to the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses, as well as the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians.

The Georgia Board of Nursing typically meets in person at the Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon for three days every other month and will often hold teleconferences to conduct business between regularly scheduled meetings. A complete list of scheduled meetings is available by visiting the Board's web site at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/rn. Board meetings are open to the public except when the Board is meeting in executive session to discuss applications, complaints and disciplinary actions in accordance with O.C.G.A. [section] 43-1-19.

In addition to the routine work of the Board, board members and staff are constantly working to improve processing times and to provide regulatory excellence to registered nurses in the State of Georgia. For more information regarding the Board, Georgia law, board rules, applications or frequently asked questions please visit the Board's web site at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/rn.

By Jim Cleghorn, Executive Director, Georgia Board of Nursing
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Date:May 1, 2012
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