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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




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