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Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses
The Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses is responsible for the regulation of practical nurses and practical nursing education programs. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor: one registered professional nurse, five licensed practical nurses and one consumer member. The Board develops rules and regulations that set the standards for nursing practice and education, provide the minimum qualifications for licensure, and ensure that the disciplinary process is implemented in a fashion that guarantees due process and public protection.
Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Office of Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division located at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia. Meeting dates, time and location are posted on this website.
In 2012, the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses discussed seeking legislation to combine the two boards into one entity. The Boards worked closely with Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Representative Bruce Williamson to draft the necessary legislation.
“Because of the tough budget environment, it is important that government makes every effort to streamline efforts and increase efficiencies,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “Thanks to Bruce’s leadership, Georgia nurses will be licensed by a single board, rather than two. It is a common-sense measure that streamlines a core government function.”
“I enjoyed working with Secretary Kemp and Senator Renee Unterman on this issue,” said Bruce Williamson. “HB 332 is absolutely in line with Georgia’s conservative values. It shrinks government, while still offering responsible protection.” On Monday May 6, 2013, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 332 to officially combine the two nursing boards effective July 1, 2014. Freddetena Fletcher (Vice Chair, Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses), Brenda Rowe (Georgia Board of Nursing), Kathy Mann (Georgia Board of Nursing) and Executive Director Jim Cleghorn were present for the bill signing.