California Board of Registered Nursing

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.

Who Serves on the Board?

The nine-member Board is composed of four members of the public and five registered nurses. The five registered nurses include two direct-patient care nurses, an advanced practice nurse, 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.

How Does the BRN Protect Consumers?
  • The BRN regulates California registered nurses. There are over 390,000 registered nurses in California providing health care services in a variety of settings.
  • 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 over 140 prelicensure nursing programs and over 50 advanced practice 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:
      • complete the educational requirements
      • pass a national licensing examination
      • be cleared through a background check for conviction of any crime which might make the applicant ineligible for licensure

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Save the Dates

Mark you calendar for the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

  • 2018: March 14-17; Boston, MA
  • 2019: March 13-16; Orlando, FL
  • 2020: March 18-21; San Diego, CA
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