The Board of Nursing was created in 1911 by an Act of the State legislature. The Boards mission is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring that all who practice nursing within the State are qualified. The Board is responsible for the investigation of all violations of law and rules, and discipline licensee of those who are found guilty.
Board responsibilities centre around three broad functions: licensure, education and practice. The Board grants licenses to licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and advanced practice nurses (certification). The Board prescribes the minimum curriculum for all nursing programs. Only graduates of approved schools of nursing are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is required of licensure. The Board interprets the law to determine the appropriate standard of practice, causes the investigation of nurses alleged to violate the law and rules, and the disciplines the license of and/or civil penalties on those who are found guilty.
http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/index.htm (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The statutes pertaining to the Tennessee State Board of Nursing are found at T.C.A. 63-1 (Division of Health Related Boards) and T.C.A. 63-7 (Nursing). Statutes are proposed and made law by the Tennessee State General Assembly (Legislature). http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/statutes.htm (accessed on 22.04.2009)