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24.159.406    BOARD OBJECTIVES

(1) The board shall function in the field of nursing as an administrative and supervisory agency within the governmental structure and shall:

(a) implement the nursing practice act by promulgating and enforcing rules and regulations to protect the public health, safety, and welfare;

(b) prescribe standards for the evaluation of nursing education programs preparing persons for registration and licensure and approve those programs which have achieved and are maintaining these minimum standards;

(c) assure safe standards of nursing practice through examination, licensure, and renewal of licenses of qualified applicants including endorsement of qualified registered and practical nurses from other jurisdictions;

(d) control the practice of nursing in the interest of society by means of investigation and appropriate legal action;

(e) provide interpretation and consultation services to individuals and groups in matters relating to nursing education and nursing practices; and

(f) collaborate and cooperate with other appropriate agencies or groups in efforts to assure public safety and to promote competent nursing practice.

History: 37-8-202, MCA; IMP, 37-8-202, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 5/6/76; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic. , Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1982 MAR p. 287, Eff. 2/12/82; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 2435, Eff. 12/13/91; TRANS, from Commerce, & AMD, 2006 MAR p. 2035, Eff. 8/25/06.

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