The Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN) was established to safeguard the public health and welfare of the residents of Oklahoma by ensuring that any person who practices or offers to practice registered nursing, practical nursing, or advanced practice nursing in this state is competent to do so.
The Board also ensures that any person who practices or offers to practice as an advanced unlicensed assistance person in this state is competent to do so. The Board accomplishes this purpose through the regulation of nursing licensure, unlicensed assistance certification, nursing practice and nursing education.
The purpose, as defined in the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act, supersedes the interests of any individual, the nursing profession or any special interest group. http://www.youroklahoma.com/nursing/about.html (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The OBN is established by the Nursing Practice Act (Title 59 Chapter 12, Section 567.1) http://www.youroklahoma.com/nursing/actwp.pdf (accessed on 22.04.2009).