Rhode Island Board of Nursing

Board of Nursing Rhode Island also known as Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education is a part of RI Department of Health and a state regulated agency, located at Providence, RI. The Board was created under “The Rhode Island Nurse Practice Act.” chapter 26 for nurse registration and nursing education for safeguarding public health welfare of RI citizens.
Board Composition

The Board is composed of fifteen (15) board members representing nursing profession and consumers. The Board members comprises of eleven Professional nurses and two licensed practical nurses appointed by the director of health and approved by the governor and, two members represent public and are appointed by the governor. The serving term of appointed members is 3 years and they are eligible for 2 terms, but no member is allowed more than two consecutive terms.

The director has been vested with the authority to remove any board member for misconduct, negligence of lawful Board duties, incompetence, or unprofessional behavior and others. Director of health also appoints director of Board of Nursing. The Nurse members of the Board are appointed by the Director from the list of names provided by the respective professional nurse’s or Practical Nurse’s Association or organizations.

The basic reason for regulating nursing practice and nursing education in Rhode Island is to protect life, public health and welfare of RI residents. The Board also oversees that no unlicensed, unqualified or unauthorized individuals practice for offering health care, which may endanger the safety and life of RI citizens.

Therefore, nursing professionals practicing for compensation, must be fully qualified and competent by education and licensing, and competency evaluation, and can provide evidence of qualifications, use a sign, card or device to denote that the practicing professional is qualified to practice and licensed. Also, to make the regulations more effective, the legislature and Nurse Practice Act has empowered Board of Nursing to enforce the provisions of the Practice Act more stringently.

Board Functions

The Board has been authorized with below given power to regulate nurse practice and nurse education subject to the approval of the director of the department of health:
Adopt, review, or revise rules, and regulation as provided under the chapter.
Approve or deny and set minimum standards for nursing education programs
Implement organized nursing services and the individual nursing practice of licensees’ standards.
Provide Licensing exam Approval
License Reinstatement
Review and investigate complaint hearings for the violations by Licensee and maintain record of all hearing proceedings
Impose sanction, disciplinary action, suspend, revoke or put the license on hold for the violations.
Issue subpoenas to witnesses and administer oaths to them attend and give testimony at the violation hearings.
Submit an annual disciplinary action and hearing report to the director of department of health.
Set minimum required qualifications and standards, and Grant certified to CRNP, psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialists for prescriptive privileges.

Rhode Island Board of Nursing Contact Information:
Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration
and Nursing Education
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 222-5960
Fax: (401) 222-6548
Email: Website.DOH@health.ri.gov
Web Site: http://www.health.ri.gov

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