Vermont Law and Nurse Practice Act has stipulated and empowered Board of Nursing Vermont to safeguard the life and health of the Vermont citizen by ensuring that only competent licensed nurses shall be permitted to practice and, no person shall be allowed to practice, or offer to practice of registered or practical nursing, if the person is not licensed.
Vermont State Board of Nursing is established by the Legislature and comprises of 10 (ten) Board members representing diverse nursing fields and public. The members are appointed by the Governor to regulate and administer the laws for the nursing profession in the State of Vermont.
The mission of the Board is to protect the health of the public of Vermont State. The Board tries to achieve mission goal by ensuring that:
- Applicants are qualified for licensure
- Setting standards for the nursing profession
- Proposes statutes and adopts administrative rules for the nursing practice.
- Investigating complaints of unprofessional conduct of Licensee
- Conduct disciplinary action against licensees, if public health is put at risk by their nursing practice and law violations.
The Board fulfills their mission goal of safe public health with the assistance of OPR staff.
The Board also has duties and responsibilities for offering following services, relating to applicants, licensees, consumers and employers and they include:
- Approve basic and advance level all nursing education programs in Vermont.
- Evaluate the competency of the state-approved educational programs graduates aiming to enter nursing practice.
- Licensing and registering of successful examinees.
- Licensing and registering of other states qualified applicants.
- License Renewal
- Endorsement of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)
- Regulate the practice of nursing;
- Interpretative statements publishing
- Conduct disciplinary actions on licensees for cause
- Regulate the proceedings of the Vermont State Board of Nursing in accordance with law and Nurse Practice Act
- Various types of Applications & Forms
Board of Nursing Vermont has also set different committees for suggestions and recommendation in the nursing practice, education and profession fields laws and regulations, and they include:
1. Practice Committee: The Nursing Practice Committee is concerned with the study of nursing practice issues.
2. Education Committee: The Nursing Education Committee relates to nursing education issues and recommendations for Board regarding standards.
3. APRN Advisory Committee: This committee assists the Board in implementation of Nurse Practice Act and the Nursing Administrative Rules regulating Advanced Practice.
Vermont State Board of Nursing
Office of the Secretary of State,
Office of Professional Regulation,
National Life Building,
National Life Drive, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
Phone: (802) 828-2396
FAX: (802) 828-2484