The Board of Nursing is mandated to regulate the practice of registered nurses (RN), practical nurses (LPN), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN)—nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners and trained medication employees (TME). The Board accredits DC professional nursing and practical nursing programs. It also administers a rehabilitation program, Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN), established for nurses with impaired practice due to substance abuse or mental illness.
http://www.hpla.doh.dc.gov/hpla/cwp/view,a,1195,Q,497507,PM,1.asp accessed on 22.04.2009).
The legal framework for the Board of Nursing is the District of Columbia Municipal Regulation for Registered Nursing, (Chapter 54) Practical Nursing (Chapter 55), The Nurse Practice Act , Regulation for Practicing Nurse Anesthetists (Chapter 57) and Nursing Program Regulations (Chapter 56). http://www.hpla.doh.dc.gov/hpla/cwp/view,a,1195,Q,497507,PM,1.asp (accessed on 22.04.2009)