The mission of the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) is to actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care. http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/
(accessed on 22.04.2009)
It is an agency of state government established through enactment by the Ohio General Assembly (the state legislature) of a law that mandates both the structure of the Board and the Board’s functions. Board members are public officials and their meetings are open to the public as are virtually all of their records.
The Board exists to enforce the law and rules regulating practice. The Board has authority to establish requirements individuals must meet to obtain a license or certificate to practice nursing or provide dialysis care in Ohio.
The Board approves pre-licensure nursing education programs and dialysis training programs, oversees the licensure examination of nurses, and takes disciplinary action when a licensee or certificate holder violates the law. These activities help to assure that only qualified individuals provide care to the public. http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/role.htm (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The OBN is authorized by the Nurse Practice Act (Chapter 4723 of the Ohio Revised Code Title[47[ XLV11 Occupations and Professions) http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4723 (accessed on 22.04.2009)