The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) website provides everything an RN needs regarding licensure, practice, nursing schools, Board meetings, and regulations and more.
The Nursing Practice Act (NPA) is the body of California law that mandates the Board to set out the scope of practice and responsibilities for RNs. The NPA is located in the California Business and Professions Code starting with Section 2700. Regulations which specify the implementation of the law appear in the California Code of Regulations.
Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
Nursing practice information, advisories, and guidelines are provided by the BRN to ensure ongoing communication of competency standards to consumers, registered nurses, employers, educators, and other regulators. As the scope of registered nursing practice changes and grows, so does this information. You may wish to check back often for updates.
Advanced practice information, advisories, and guidelines are provided by the BRN to ensure ongoing communication of competency standards to consumers, advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and psychiatric/mental health nurses), employers, educators, and other regulators. As the scope of advanced practice nursing changes and grows, so does this information.
Title 22, California Code of Regulations provides information about nurse-to-patient ratios, licensing, and certification of health facilities, home health agencies, clinics, and referral agencies. Use the table of contents, bookmarks, or the search function (Ctrl-F) to find what you need. If Ctrl-F is used, a little window on the top right-hand side is displayed. Just enter a sentence or word and click the right arrow to search forward or the left arrow to search backward.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs regulates all licensing boards in the state of California.
Interested in being an RN in Idaho or doing research about the Nursing Practice Florida? The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides information for all U.S. State Boards, including contact information for each State Board.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) enforces Title 22, Nurse to Patient Ratios, and provides clinical, preventive, and outreach work; funding to external sources and funding we receive; training for consumers, business partners, and local health departments; and works with other governmental entities, professionals, and advisory boards.
The Joint Commission (JACHO) accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Wage Order 5 regulates wages, hours, and working conditions.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is California’s civil rights agency and the largest in the U.S. The Department takes in, investigates, conciliates, mediates, and prosecutes employment, housing, and public accommodation violations and hate violence under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Disabled Persons Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act and Ralph Civil Rights Act. The Department issues regulations that implement interpret and make specific its procedures.
Find out about the different programs and services offered through the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Get help determining whether you and/or your family are eligible for services. Find out how a physician can enroll you, how to receive free screening and family planning. Get help for children in foster care, children with special medical conditions, and seniors needing personal care.