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Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues, Report No. 10-14, January 2010
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To address the nursing shortage in Florida, the 2009 Legislature modified how nursing education programs are administered by the Board of Nursing. The board has taken several actions to implement the required changes and has received more than double the number of applications for new nursing programs from the previous year.There are six issues associated with the board’s implementation of the revised law.
- The program application timeframe is inconsistent with the timeframe established in the Administrative Procedure Act.
- The board’s application for new nursing programs is not yet finalized and includes requirements beyond those in statute.
- The board’s method for placing programs on probation is not finalized.
- The board’s instructions for the 2009 Annual Report and Workforce Survey did not specify which items programs must complete to comply with statute.
- The board’s interactive website does not include all required elements.
- The board’s process for communicating with nursing education programs needs improvement.
The Legislature should consider clarifying language in the revised law to address these issues.
Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?
Medical Quality Assurance
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
- Report No. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
- Report No. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
- Report No. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
- Report No. 11-06 Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10,published in January 2011.
- Report No. 07-45 Increased Funding and Program Delivery Changes Aim to Increase Florida’s Teachers and Nurses, published in December 2007.
- Report No. 07-04 Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses,published in Janurary 2007.
- Report No. 06-02 Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage,published in January 2006.
- Report No. 05-09 Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need,published in February 2005.
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