The mission of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing is to protect the public and act as their advocate by effectively regulating the practice of nursing. http://www.arsbn.org/index.html
The Board is established by the Nurse Practice Act (NPA), Title 17, in Professions, Occupations and Businesses. Chapter 18 Nurses. The Board’s powers include
- Promulgating regulations necessary for the implementation the NPA.
- Prosecuting persons who violating the NPA;
- Prescribe minimum standards and approve curricula for educational programs preparing persons for licensure as registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurse practitioner nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed psychiatric technician nurses; and for certification as medication assistive persons
- Approve programs that meet the requirements of the NPA; and
- Denying or withdrawing approval from educational programs for failure to meet prescribed standards;
- Examine, license, and renew the licenses of qualified applicants for professional nursing, practical nursing and psychiatric technician nursing; registered nurse practitioner nursing and advance practice nursing;
- Conduct disciplinary proceedings as provided for in this chapter.