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The Nevada Nurse Practice Act is similar to the Indiana State Board of Nursing in that the two documents cover definitions of terms (such as Board of nurses, advanced practitioner, and accredited school). In addition to defining terms clearly to remove ambiguity in their application, the two documents also outline provisions for nurse practitioners and registered nurses.

The Indiana State Board of Nursing oversees nurse licensing, including issues related to education. Moreover, the State Board of Nursing in Indiana outlines the role of continuing education in the nursing profession. The Indiana State Board of Nursing's Licensure and Administrative Rules include an administrative code for both registered and licensed practical nurses. Ancillary practices and areas of specialization are also included, such as nurse-midwives.

Number of members in the Indiana State Board of Nursing is something that is covered in the document related to licensure and administration. In IC 25-23-1-2, the document refers to the Indiana State Board of Nursing membership selection procedures. The State Board of Nursing consists of nine (9) members, who are appointed by the governor. Each of these nine members serves a term of four (4) years (subject to death, resignation, or removal by the governor). Six of the nine nurses on the board are required to be registered nurses "who are committed to advancing and safeguarding the nursing profession as a whole," (IC 25-23-1-2). In addition to this provision, the Indiana State Board of Nursing requires that two of the nine members be licensed practical nurses, while one member of the board must have no professional affiliation with nursing at all and represents the interests and concerns of the general public. Vacancies in the Indiana State Board of Nursing are filled by the governor to serve out the rest of the term. No one is permitted to serve more than six consecutive years, but reappointments after three years have elapsed between service is permissible.

Likewise, the number of members in the Nevada Board of Nursing is covered in the Nevada Nurse Practice Act. In Nevada as in Indiana, the governor appoints the members of the board. However, in Nevada there are only seven members of the State Board of Nursing (compared with nine in Indiana). In Indiana, six of the nine members f the board must be registered nurses and two must be licensed nurse practitioners; whereas in Nevada, only three registered nurses are required to sit on the Board, along with one practical nurse, and one member of the general public who is not affiliated in any way including by family ties with a nurse. In Nevada, strict stipulations related to residency are outlined, as the members of the state nursing board must have lived in Nevada for a minimum of two years and be citizens of the United States.

When a vacancy occurs on the Nevada Board of Directors, the governor is to make a new appointment within 60 days. Each member of the board serves for four years, which is the same as it is in Indiana. However, terms are more limited in Nevada. No member of the board in Nevada can serve for more than two consecutive terms. This is compared with the three terms (six years total) that can be served on the Indiana State Board.

Members of the Nevada State Board meet at least three times per year at approximately four-month intervals, as part of their express duties. However, special interim meetings may be called. Members of the Indiana State Board of Nursing are only required to meet once per year as outlined in IC 25-23-1-5. Unlike members in Nevada, members of the Indiana State Board of nursing must elect its own president, vice president, and secretary.

Additionally, in Nevada, a yearly examination is required of all board members. One of the duties of the State Board of Nurses in Nevada is to appoint an Advisory Committee on Nursing Assistants and Medication Aides. The Advisory Committee on Nursing Assistants and Medication Aides is to have eleven members in total. The Nevada Board of Nursing may also create other committees as it sees fit, but the Committee on Nursing Assistants and Medication Aides is the most important. It contains a variety of individuals working towards the common goal. Nurses on the Nevada Board may not earn more than $150 for their services to…[continue]

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