Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 34

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-34-7

§ 5-34-7. Board of nursing — General powers.

The board of nurse registration and nursing education is authorized, subject to the approval of the director of the department of health, to:

(1) Adopt, review, or revise rules and regulations consistent with the law that may be necessary to effect provisions of the chapter;

(2) Approve nursing education programs according to the rules established by the board;

(3) Require standards for nursing practice within organized nursing services and the individual practice of licensees;

(4) Approve the examinations for licensure;

(5) Establish requirements to validate competence for reinstatement to the active list;

(6) Conduct hearings upon charges calling for discipline of a licensee or revocation of a license;

(7) Issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and administer oaths to persons giving testimony at hearings;

(8) Cause the prosecution or enjoinder of all persons violating this chapter;

(9) Maintain a record of all its proceedings;

(10) Submit an annual report to the director of the department of health;

(11) Utilize other persons who may be necessary to carry on the work of the board;

(12) Conduct public hearings, investigations, and studies of nursing practice, nursing education, and related matters and prepare and issue publications that, in the judgment of the board, allow the nursing profession to provide safe, effective nursing services to the public;

(13) Determine qualifications necessary for prescriptive privileges for advanced practice registered nurses;

(14) Grant prescriptive privileges to advanced practice registered nurses; and

(15) [Deleted by P.L. 2013, ch. 83, § 1 and P.L. 2013, ch. 93, § 1];

(16) [Deleted by P.L. 2013, ch. 83, § 1 and P.L. 2013, ch. 93, § 1];

(17) Adopt criteria for recognizing national certifying bodies for APRN roles and population foci.

History of Section.
P.L. 1982, ch. 328, § 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 162, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 125, § 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 138, § 2; P.L. 2013, ch. 83, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 93, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 528, § 3.