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Board of Registered Nursing

The Hartnell College Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing. Its goals are to maintain excellence and to keep pace with the changing demands of the healthcare industry and community. The nursing curriculum is dynamic and ever-changing. The following information was obtained from the BRN official website.

Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA. 94244-2100
(916) 322-3350

What is the Board of Registered Nursing? www.rn.ca.gov
The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is a state governmental agency established by law to protect the public by regulating the practice of registered nurses. The BRN is responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Practice Act: the laws related to nursing education, licensure, practice, and discipline. The Nursing Practice Act created a nine-member Board which serves as the BRN decision-making body.

Board Members
The nine-member Board is composed of three members of the public, five registered nurses, and a physician. The five registered nurses include three direct-client care nurses, a nurse administrator, and a nurse educator. Seven of the members are appointed by the Governor and two of the public members are appointed by the Legislature. Each member serves a four-year term and can be re-appointed, although the member cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.

BRN Consumer Protection
The BRN performs a variety of activities in its mission to protect consumers, including:

- Setting RN Educational Standards
The BRN sets educational standards for nursing programs which prepare individuals to become licensed as registered nurses.

-Approving California Nursing Programs
There are approximately 100 nursing programs which have been approved because they meet BRN educational standards.

- Evaluating Licensure Applications
Applications are evaluated to determine whether the applicant meets all licensure requirements. To be licensed the applicant must:
1. complete the educational requirements
2. pass a national licensing examination
3. be cleared through a background check for conviction of any crime which might make the applicant ineligible for licensure

- Issuing and Renewing Licenses
Licenses are issued to applicants who meet the licensing requirements. The license must be renewed every two years.

- Issuing Certificates
The BRN issues certificates to eligible public health nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists. The BRN also maintains a list of eligible psychiatric/mental health nurse specialists.

- Taking Disciplinary Action
If a nurse violates the Nursing Practice Act, the BRN may take disciplinary action against the nurse's license. Grounds for discipline focus on behaviors that place clients at risk of harm. The disciplinary action is dependent on the nature and severity of the violation and what is necessary to protect the public. The disciplinary action becomes a part of the RN's file and is accessible to the public.

- Managing a Diversion Program
The BRN's Diversion Program is an alternative to the discipline process for nurses whose practice may be impaired due to chemical dependency or mental illness. This confidential Program protects the public while enabling the nurse to be rehabilitated.

- Operating a 24-Hour Toll-Free Licensing Verification System, and an Online License Verification System
The BRN's toll-free license verification system and the online verification system allows the consumer to validate the status of a nurse's license. For the toll-free system, simply call 1-800-838-6828 from any touch phone, or access the online licensing system at http://www.dca.ca.gov/proflic/rns.html to learn if: the person is licensed as an RN
the license is active, inactive, or lapsed; the nurse has any BRN certificates; there is any disciplinary action against the license
Both services are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. To use the toll-free verification system, you will need the nurse's license number. If you do not know the RN license number, call the BRN at 916-322-3350 during regular business hours.

BRN Regulation
The BRN regulates California registered nurses. There are over 300,000 registered nurses in California providing health care services in a variety of settings. Regardless of the title or setting, the registered nurse's practice is governed by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Titles used in clinical practice include
- nurse anesthetist (CNS)
- nurse midwife (NMW)
- clinical nurse specialist (CNS)
- nurse practitioner (NP)
- public health nurse (PHN)
Settings where Registered Nurses practice include
- health departments
- health maintenance organizations
- home health agencies
- schools
- private practice
- hospitals and skilled nursing facilities

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

The Hartnell College Vocational Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The mission of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (Board) is to protect the public. Public protection is paramount to the Board and its highest priority in exercising its licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions. Toward this end, the Board ensures that only qualified persons are licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians by enforcing education requirements, standards of practice and by educating consumers of their rights.
The nursing curriculum is dynamic and ever-changing. The following information was obtained from the BVPT official website.

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 205 Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7800
Email: bvnpt@dca.ca.gov

Board Members
The Board is composed of eleven members with a public member majority. There are six public members and five professional members. Nine members are appointed by the Governor, one by the Speaker of the Assembly, and one by the Senate Pro Tempore.

BVNPT Public Protection
The California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (Board) protects the consumer from unprofessional and unsafe licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and psychiatric technicians (PTs). Public protection is the highest priority of the Board in exercising its licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions.

To protect the public, the Board:
- Establishes the minimum requirements for examination and licensure.
- Establishes educational standards for the accreditation of Vocational Nursing (VN) and Psychiatric Technicians (PT) schools in California.
- Adopts regulations to clarify the performance, practice and disciplinary standards for its licensees.
- Enforces the regulations governing the continued accreditation of VN & PT schools in California.
- Enforces the regulations governing LVNs and PTs by taking appropriate disciplinary action against incompetent or unsafe licensees efficiently and effectively.

The Board is responsible for examination and licensure of over 9,500 VN applicants and 1,000 PT applicants annually. The Board contracts with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. for the year-round computer-adaptive vocational nurse licensure examination (NCLEX) administered at over 200 test centers nationwide. After an application has been approved, the applicant is sent an NCLEX Registration Bulletin with instructions on registering for the examination. Once the applicant has registered for the NCLEX, an Authorization to Test will be mailed from the NCLEX Data Center in Minnesota. The applicant is then responsible for calling to schedule an appointment to test.
A licensed vocational nurse is an entry-level health care provider who is responsible for rendering basic nursing care. A vocational nurse practices under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. The licensee is not an independent practitioner.

Curricular Requirements:
Licensed vocational nursing programs must consist of 1,530 total instructional hours:
Theory - *576 Hours which includes 54 hours of pharmacology for nurses
Clinical - 954 Hours
Programs are located in community colleges (47.0%); adult education/high schools (24.0%);
private schools (20.0%); regional occupational centers (8.0%); and hospitals (1.0%).

BVPT Employment:
There are more than 200,000 licensed vocational nurses in California providing health care services in a variety of settings. Regardless of setting, the vocational nurse's practice is governed by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

- Acute Medical/Surgical Hospitals
- Convalescent Hospitals (Long Term Care, Skilled Nursing)
- Home Care Agencies
- Outpatient Clinics
- Doctor's Offices
- Ambulatory Surgery Centers
- Dialysis Centers
- Blood Banks
- Psychiatric Hospitals
- Correctional Facilities

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

The Respiratory Care Practitioner Program at Hartnell College, Salinas CA holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates for a CoARC accredited program.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(831) 283-2835

What is the CoARC? www.coarc.com
The CoARC is a national agency that accredits first professional respiratory care degree programs at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters Degree level in the United States and internationally. The CoARC also accredits professional respiratory care degree programs offering certificates in polysomnography. The Hartnell College Respiratory Care Practitioner Program is accountable to the CoARC for the effective delivery and outcomes of the RCP program. Public protection is paramount to the CoARC and its highest priority is exercising its regulatory and disciplinary functions. Toward this end, the CoARC ensures that only qualified persons are licensed Respiratory Therapists by enforcing education requirements and by educating consumers of their rights.

Respiratory Care Board of California

Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) or Respiratory Therapists (RTs) in California are licensed and regulated by the Respiratory Care Board of California (RCB). The following information was obtained from the RCBs website:

Respiratory Care Board of California
3750 Rosin Court, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95834
Main Telephone: (916) 999-2190
Toll Free in California (866) 375-0386
Fax: (916) 263-7311
E-mail: rcbinfo@dca.ca.gov

What is the RCB? www.rcb.ca.gov
The RCB is a state governmental agency established by law to protect the public by regulating the practice of respiratory care practitioners. The mandate of the Respiratory Care Board is to protect and serve the consumer by administering and enforcing the Respiratory Care Practice Act and its regulations in the interest of the safe practice of respiratory care. Its’ mission is to protect and serve the consumer by enforcing the Respiratory Care Practice Act and its regulations, expanding the delivery and availability of services, increasing public awareness of respiratory care as a profession, and supporting the development and education of all respiratory care practitioners.

RCB Public Protection
Public protection is the highest priority of the Board in exercising its licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions.
To protect the public, the RCB:

- Establishes the minimum requirements for licensure.
- Adopts regulations to clarify the performance, practice and disciplinary standards for its licensees.
- Enforces the regulations governing the continued education of its licensees
- Enforces the regulations governing RCPs by taking appropriate disciplinary action against incompetent or unsafe licensees efficiently and effectively.

RCB Regulation
The RCB regulates California respiratory care practitioners. More than 29,000 RCP licenses have been issued in the State of California. . Regardless of the title or setting, the RCPs practice is governed by the Respiratory Care Board.
Settings where Respiratory Care Practitioners practice include:

- health departments
- health maintenance organizations
- home health agencies
- schools
- private practice
- hospitals and skilled nursing facilities

Professional Nursing and Allied Health Organizations

National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN)

Clinical Agencies & Partnerships