The Nurse Practice Act empowers the Montana State Board of Nursing to develop processes and procedures which ensure high standards of nursing.
These statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes. Title 37, Chapter 8 are the laws specific to nursing, often referred to as the Nurse Practice Act.
http://mt.gov/dli/bsd/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/statute_page.asp (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The Board’s goals include;
- Maintain ongoing functions of protecting the public and monitor regulatory outcomes through appropriate licensure decisions, monitoring nursing education programs and outcomes.
- Be proactive and responsive to changes in the health care environment, by identifying and evaluating trends in nursing practice and education, advanced practice and prescriptive authority, and responding to legislative changes.
- Evaluate and investigate complaints and expedite disciplinary action.
http://mt.gov/dli/bsd/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/goals.asp (accessed on 22.04.2009)