The Georgia Board of Nursing consists of eight members appointed by the Governor and is responsible for the regulation of registered professional nurses and advanced practice registered nurses.
The Board is comprised of seven registered professional nurses and an eighth consumer member. The Board develops rules and regulations that set the standards for nursing practice and education, provide the minimum qualifications for licensure, and ensure that disciplinary process is implemented in a fashion that guarantees due process and public protection. http://www.sos.georgia.gov/plb/rn/ (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The legal framework (Article) for the Georgia Board of Nursing is "Georgia Registered Professional Nurse Practice Act." Title 43, Chapter 26 – Nurses, Article 1. The purpose of the article is to protect, promote, and preserve the public health, safety, and welfare through legislative regulation and control of registered professional nursing, education and practice. This article ensures that any person practicing or offering to practice nursing or using the title registered professional nurse, as defined in the article, within the State of Georgia, shall be licensed.
http://sos.georgia.gov/acrobat/PLB/laws/38_RN_43-26.pdf (accessed on 22.04.2009)