The New York State Board of Nursing (NYSBN) is part of the Office of the Professions (a division of the New York Education Department) http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurse.htm
The NYSBN is established under Article 139: Nursing, Section 6904 http://www.op.nysed.gov/article139.htm#sect6904 (accessed 22.04.2009)
The Board of Regents on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Education, appoints a State Board for each licensed profession to advise and assist the Board of Regents and the State Education Department on matters of professional regulation. The Board of Regents also appoints a Committee for Professional Assistance to advise them on matters relating to practice by professional licensees with alcohol or other drug abuse problems.
The 28 State Boards for the Professions and the Committee for Professional Assistance are comprised of professional members and one or more representatives of the general public. The composition of each board and the Committee is specified in Title VIII of Education Law. In addition, Board and Committee composition should reflect the State's regions, cultural diversity, and the various aspects of the professions. http://www.op.nysed.gov/bdmemb.htm (accessed on 22.04.2009).