The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PSBN) identified Mission is to establish rules and regulations for the licensure and practice of professional and practical nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and provide for the examination of all applicants.
The Board examines all applicants for licensure and issues licenses for professional nursing and practical nursing to persons passing such examinations and meeting other qualifications for licensure.
The Board establishes standards for the approval and operation of nursing education programs for the preparation of professional nurses (RNs) and prepares and distributes an annual list of all approved programs.
The Board regulates certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) and approves programs for their education. In addition, Act 99 of 2002 (effective 9/29/02) amended the Professional Nursing Law to include licensing of dietitian-nutritionists.
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/cwp/view.asp?a=1104&q=432883 (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The PSBN is created by Pennsylvania Law Title 49 Professional and Vocational Standards, Chapter 21.
http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter21/chap21toc.html (accessed 22.04.2009)
The PSBN is part of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.