Board of Nursing South Carolina is a part of S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR), and located at Columbia, S.C. The Board is a state regulated agency, created for regulating the safe and effective practice of nursing in South Carolina.
In order to meet the goal of safe and competent practice, the Board is authorized by SC Nurse practice Act and state laws to grant licenses to registered nurses or licensed practical nurses, who are well qualified through nursing education, training and competency evaluation to practice.
Any complaints received by the Board for any practice misconduct, incompetence, or unprofessional behavior, negligence and violation of Nurse Practice Act and Law is fully investigated, reviewed and conduct hearings, and on the basis of findings, appropriate disciplinary actions are initiated against the licensee. As a disciplinary action, the license may be suspended, revoked or put in hold.
Nurse Practice Act of the South Carolina Legislative Council has mandated the creation of Board of Nursing SC with 10 Board members, representing nursing profession and public. The Board members must be from different nursing profession, public and geographical locations, representing Congressional districts of the SC state.
Of the 10 appointed Board members, 6 Board members are registered nurses, representing one congressional district, one hospital employed and, at least one must be APRN, 2 State Lay members, 2 LPN members, where each member represent Region I (Congressional Districts 1, 2, and 3), and Region II (Congressional Districts 4, 5, and 6).
The Governor appoints the Board members, subject to the approval by the senate. The serving term of each Board member is 4 years term and members continue serving till their successors are appointed. The vacant position is filled up by the Governor by appointing respective vacant position member for the unexpired portion of the term.
It is also necessary to remember that appointed registered nurses and LPN members must be a citizen of United States, residing in their representing district, earned their practicing license from SC State and must be practicing for minimum three years immediately prior to their appointment to the board. The state lay member must represent the public as a consumer of nurse service.
The chairman or designee of the State Board of Medical Examiners becomes the non voting advisory member, whose function is to provide consultation to the Board for the matters that are requested by the SC Board of Nursing.
The Board officers consist of a chairman, who must be from the appointed registered nurse member, a vice chairman, and a secretary appointed from the Board members. The serving term of the officer is for one year till their successors are appointed for the vacant position. The Board meetings are held quarterly.
The basic functions of the Board include:
Set minimum and continued competency standard for Nursing Practice.
Monitor educational enrollments and licensure surveys.
Investigate, Review and conduct hearing for alleged Nursing Practice Act and legislative law violations.
Implement education standard and approve nursing education program
Set Practice Standard.
Evaluate competency of the licensing professional through exam, license and renewal
Administer licensure examinations individually or with partnered agencies.
Collect and submit disciplinary actions information to national databanks of disciplinary information.
Assist and guide the employers for errors in the nursing practice employments.
Establish a fee schedule.
In addition the Board also offers services for various types of Information, Licensure, Applications and Forms, Laws/Policies, Publications/News, Online Services and Customer Satisfaction Survey.
The Contact information of the SC Board of Nursing is:
Board of Nursing South Carolina
Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr., Suite 202
Columbia, S.C. 29210
Telephone: (803) 896-4550
Fax: (803) 896-4525
PO Box 12367
Columbia, S.C. 29211-2367
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.