Nurse Practice Acts by State

NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT AGREE OR UNDERSTAND ANY OR ALL OF THE   FOLLOWING TERMS, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS WEB PAGE. The following information was last revised August 2013. Information provided on this page came from an analysis of state Nurse Practice Acts, advisories, and position statements, compiled as a resource. This information is provided "as is" without any warranty. The American Holistic Nurses Association does not make representations as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness and disclaims any responsibility for positions taken by individuals or corporations in their individual cases or for any misunderstanding and losses, directly or indirectly, on the part of the users. For the most current information, please visit your State Board of Nursing website. A list of BON websites and contact information can be found at: www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm


This Nurse Practice Act Project is sponsored by Nurses Service Organization, a partner in supporting Registered Nurses in their Holistic nursing practice


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Alabama

Website Summary
Licensure/ Renewal
Nursing Laws and Rules
Continuing Education
Employer Information
Nursing Practice Resources
Advanced Practice Resources
Nursing Programs
Alternative Programs
Probation Monitoring

Contact Information

Practice Act and Laws

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Alabama Administrative Code
Click Here

More detailed than practice act

 

Alaska

Website Summary
Applicant Information
Nurses-Aide Registry
Practice and Delegation
Delegation Issues
Increasing Scope of Practice/Duties
Reference Information
A variety of links provided
to
answer questions

Contact Information

Statutes
Click Here

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the statutes. 

However, the Alaska BON does have advisory opinions on Biofeedback and dietary supplements. See Advisory Opinions for Registered Nurses.

Arizona

Website Summary
Resources
Licensure and Certification
Nurse Practice Act
Services
Education
Discipline, Complaints, Monitoring
About (additional information and contacts)
Staff Directory
Legislative updates, pass/fail rates, resources for CEUs, news
 

Contact Information

Statutes
Click Here

No mention of the words holism/ holistic as defined or recognition of nursing as a specialty. 

 

Arkansas

Website Summary
Laws and Rules
Education
Discipline
Publishing
Licensing
Forms and Resources
Advanced Practice
Nurse Licensure Compact
About (Membership, Staff, Links)

Contact Information

 

Nurse Practice Act

Rules
Click Here

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, the Arkansas BON does have a Nursing Practice Update titled "Complementary/ Alternative Therapies"

California

Website Summary
Membership Information
Applicants
Schools
Licensing
Forms
Enforcement
Diversion Program
Regulations
Online Services

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
and
Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, the California Board of Registered Nursing does have a position statement adopted in 2000 NPR-b-28 titled "Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Registered Nursing Practice"

Colorado

Website Summary
About (Staff, Funding, etc.)
Divisions-Boards
Consumers (Rights, Rules, Policies)
Businesses (Licensing and Laws)
Occupations
News
Spanish Translator
 

Licensee/Applicant Services

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
and
Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, the Colorado BON has developed Scope of Practice statements that mention some CAM therapies such as hypnotherapy, dietary supplements and massage.


 

Connecticut

Website Summary
Organizational Structure
Resources
Publications
Forms and Licensing

Registered Nurse Information/ Links

Contact Information

 

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

 Delaware

Website Summary
Licensure Requirements
Services and Agendas
Licensee Online Services
Information (Laws and Rules) 

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

Scroll down to Section 7.0

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

Florida

Website Summary
Licensing Applications and Renewal
Educational Programs
Contact Information
Statutes/Rules
Continuing Education
Intervention Project for Nurses
FAQ
Board Meeting Information
Exam Results 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic
nursing as a specialty.

 
A section of Chapter 456 pertains entirely to alternative health care treatments
"Chapter 456"

 

Georgia

Website Summary
Board and Exam Information
Online Services (Forms and Applications)
Laws, Policies, and Rules
FAQ and Other Information

 Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act

Standards of Registered Professional Nursing practice: Amended

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic

nursing as a specialty.

Hawaii

Website Summary
Announcements
Forms and Publications
Statutes/Rules
Schedules
Nursing Related Websites
Board Meeting Minutes

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Idaho

Website Summary
About Idaho Board of Nursing
Board Members and Staff
Nursing Practice Act
Licensing Information
License and Registration Search
Calendar of Events
Agendas
Publications
FAQ
Forms

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Illinois

Website Summary
Nursing in Illinois
Education Opportunities and pass/fail rates
Continuing Education
Open Faculty Positions
Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants
Licensure/Renewal
Nursing Practice Act and Nursing Rules
News
Professional Nursing Organizations
Research/Data
Team Illinois and Resources 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
Article 50: General Provisions

Section 50-10, Definitions

One direct reference to holistic nursing under definition for "Registered professional nursing practice"

Indiana

Website Summary
Forms
Board Members and Staff
Statutes and Rules
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
Licensing Information
Impaired Nurses Program
Nursing Focus Magazine

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
(See Indiana Code Article IC 25-23 and Indiana Administrative Code, Title 848)

No mention of the words holism/holistic
as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.  

Iowa

Website Summary
Licensing Applications, Renewal, Verification
About the Board
Licensure
Nursing Practice and Education
Continuing Education
Enforcement
Newsletter
Contact
Iowa Law and Administrative Rules
FAQ

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of Holism/Holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

Kansas

Website Summary
Forms
Nurse Practice Act
Agency Fees
Licensing Division
Education Division
Legal Division
Board Meetings
State Employment
Site Tools and Map
Contact

Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

 

 


Kentucky


Website Summary
Board and Staff Information
Online Services
Nursing Education
Continuing Education
Nursing Practice
Dialysis Technicians
Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry
Licensure Statistic Reports
Laws and Regulations
Forms and Publications
 

Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act

(Scroll to Chapter 20)

Scope of practice determination guidelines-- further defines Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words  holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, the Kentucky BON website does have a page addressing "the Roles of Nurses in Businesses Offering Complementary /Alternative or Holistic Practices."


 

 

Louisiana

Website Summary
Departments (Board info, Education)
Services (Licensing, etc.)
Resources (Forms, Laws, etc.)
Contact
About (FAQ)

 Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words  holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However the Louisiana BON has developed a Declaratory Statement Regarding the Role and Scope of Practice of Registered Nurses Performing Holistic Nursing Practice and Complementary Therapies (ADOPTED 1999)

 

  Maine

Website Summary
Licensing
Laws and Rules
Complaints
Directions
Practice Questions
About
Contact

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words  holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, Maine's BON website has Questions Related to Registered Professional Nurses (RN) that lists specific procedures and guidelines including hypnotherapy

Maryland


Website Summary
Applications and License Renewal
Board News
Certification
Nurse Practice Act and Regulations
Advanced Practice Nursing
Education/Scholarships
Complaints and Investigations
Services and Links
Maryland Resources

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

As of January 2010, the Maryland Board of Nursing will no longer offer copies of the Nurse Practice Act.

The statute portion of the Nurse
Practice Act can be found online
Click Here

Click on "+" signs (expand) next to: Health Occupations >Nurses>

Definitions; General Provisions> Definitions (Nurse Practice Act difficult to hunt down)

No mention of the words  holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.
 

Massachusetts

Website Summary
Online Services (Check and renew a
license.)
About the Board
Statutes, Rules, and Regulations
Nursing Education
Licensing
Nursing Practice
Continuing Education
Complaint Resolution
Alerts
Patient Safety Initiative
Newsletters
Contact
Request for Public Information Form

Contact Information

Link to Email contact list:
Click Here

Nurse Practice Act
Links to sections of Massachusetts legislature relevant to nursing.

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, the Massachusetts does have an advisory ruling titled "Holistic Nursing and Complementary/ Alternative Modalities" with the purpose of guiding the practice of RNs and LPNs who, within their practice, incorporate complementary/ alternative modalities (CAM) 
 

 

 

 

 

Michigan

Website Summary
Nurse Licensing Forms and Applications
Nurse Licensing Information
FAQ

Contact Information 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nurse Practice Act
The state of Michigan does not have a regulation identified as a Nurse Practice Act. Rules and regulations governing nursing are embedded in the Public Health code Public Act 368 and rules of the Michigan Nursing Board.

For a link to the Public Health Code, Part 172, excerpt relating to nursing regulations, Click Here

(Especially Section 333.17201 Definitions)

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Minnesota

Website Summary
Online Services
Licensure
Practice
Education
Patient Safety
Laws and Rules
Data Resources
About MN Nursing Board

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
A link to the entire PDF can be found at the bottom of the linked page.

See statement by BON on complementary therapies

and 

Chapter 146A. Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices
 

Mississippi

Website Summary
MS Board of Nursing
Licensure
Practice
Recovery Nurse Program
Discipline
Online Services 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words  holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

Missouri

Website Summary
About the Board
Advanced Practice
Board Members
Change of Name/Address
Complaint Form
Consumers
Discipline
Education Information and Forms
Fees
FAQ
Licensure Information and Forms
Practice
Publications
Rules and Statutes
Staff 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words  holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing
as a specialty.

Montana

Website Summary
Board Information
License Information
Regulations
Forms
Complaints
Services/Links
Education
FAQ

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
Montana's Statutes and Rules regarding Nursing can be found under the "Regulations" tab on the Board homepage.

For a link to the full rules PDF
Click Here

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.


Nebraska

Website Summary
Advisory Opinions
Brochures
Certification/Verification
Complaints
Duplicates/Reissue
Foreign Educated Nurses
Licensee Assistance Program
Licensing Information
Licensure
Name/Address Change
NCLEX Review
Nurse License Compact Act
Nursing News
Listings
Philosophy of Discipline
Practice Defined
Regulations/Statutes
Unprofessional Conduct 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

 

Nevada

Website Summary
Board Information
Consumers
Licensure/Certification
Practice
Education
Discipline
Forms
Contact

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
Two references of "holism/holistic" can be found through the "Practice Decisions" link given on this page.

See: RNs May and LPNs May>Miscellaneous> Complementary Therapies

New Hampshire

Website Summary
Contact Information
Boards and Meetings
Educational Programs
Enforcement
FAQ
Forms, Applications, Publications
Licensure
Nursing Practice
Nurse Practice Act

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

However, New Hampshire does recognize that alternative therapies are something that a registered nurse can perform.

New Jersey

Website Summary
Members
Dates
Agendas
Minutes
Alerts
Contact Information
Applications
Online Services
Laws and Regulations
Board Actions
Consumer Information
Licensee Information
Useful Links 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

 

 

 

 

New Mexico

Website Summary
License/Certificate Lookup
Application for Licensure
CMA/CHT
Diversion Program
Nursing Education
RFPs

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
(on the Statutes page, click on Nurse Practice Act)

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing
as a specialty.

New York

Website Summary
Laws, Rules and Regulations
License Requirements
Application Forms
Practice Alerts and Guidelines
Child Abuse Training
Infection Control Training
Nursing Education
License Statistics
Consumer Information
Contact Information 

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
Statutes, rules and regulations can be  found here: Click Here

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

 practice information on Complementary and Alternative Therapies 

 

North Carolina

Website Summary
Verify A License
Licensure/Listing
Complaints/Consumer Protection
Practice
Education
Data Requests/Statistics
Laws and Rules
Nurse Licensure Compact 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
Home Page has a direct link to the NPA:

Laws and Rules >Nursing Practice Act

Position Statement on Complementary Therapies

North Dakota

Website Summary
Nurse Practices Act
Administrative Rules and Regulations
CNA Testing
Criminal History Record Check
Discipline
Education
Forms
Licensure
Practice Statements
Practice
Publications
Unlicensed Assistive Person & Medication Assistant
Workplace Impairment Program 

Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty but its broad definition of nursing easily can include holistic nursing practices and CAM's

Practice Statement "Complementary and Alternative Therapies"

Ohio

Website Summary 
New Applicants
Licensure/Certificate Verification
About the Board
Contact the Board
Forms and Applications
Discipline and Compliance
Education Programs and pass/fail rates
Law and Rules
Licensure and Renewal
Nursing Practice
Continuing Education
Specialty information

Contact Information

Law and Rules
Click Here

Standards of Practice
Click Here

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

Oklahoma

Website Summary
License Registration, Renewal, Verification
Agency Data
Board Info.
Certification AUA
Forms/Applications
Guidelines
Nursing Practice Act
Publications
Rules

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Oregon

Website Summary
About
Contact Information
Publications
Administrative Rules
Forms
Meetings and Minutes
Current Topics and Recent Discipline
Employment Opportunities
Links

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
Page has several links to statutes.

Also see Division 45 Standards and Scope of Practice

In Division 50 (definitions) for nurse practitioners, there are 3 mentions of "holistic". See:   

Section 851-050-0000 #13 and #25 and 851-050-0005 #3

Complementary Therapies Statement

Pennsylvania 

Website Summary
Board Member List
Consumer Information
Licensure Information
License Renewal Applications
eppiccNURSE (Electronic Database) 

Contact Information

 

Nurse Practice Act

From the link page, click on State Board of Nursing (left column). Under Boards/Applications, click on Nurse Practice Act listed as "RN law"" 

1997 Construct developed by the Board on when to consider when evaluating whether to undertake alternative therapies
"Alternative/ Complementary Therapies" 
 

Rhode Island 

Website Summary
Forms and Applications
Publications
Licensing
Disciplinary Actions
Nurse Licensure Compact
National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

South Carolina 

Website Summary
Apply for a License
Licensure with the Board
Applications and Forms
Fees
Education
FAQ
Renew Your License
Change Your Address
Application Status
News/Publications
Disciplinary Information
Laws/Policies
Board Information

 Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

 

 

 

South Dakota

Website Summary
Licensure and Renewal
Complaints
Disciplinary Actions
Board Members
Board Calendar
Meeting Minutes
Staff Directory
FAQ

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

Tennessee 

Website Summary
Licensure and Education Information
Complaints, Disciplinary Actions and Peer Assistance
Applications, Publications, and Information
Statutes, Rules, and Policies
Newsroom
Contact Information

Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act

Rules
Click Here

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Texas

Website Summary
Verification and Licensing
Nursing Practice
Nursing Education
Nursing Laws and Rules
Disciplinary Action
Nursing Statistics
About the Board
Contact Information

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

 Texas Revised position statement 15.23 January of 2013

#15.23: Statement on complementary therapies

 

 


Utah 

Website Summary
License Renewal/Application
Statutes and Rules
Applications and Forms
Board Information and Members
Related Resources 

Contact Information
 

Nurse Practice Act

Primary link for all nursing information

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 

Vermont 

Website Summary
Laws and Rules
Board Information
License Information and Forms
Professional Information
Education
Address and Name Change Forms
External Links
Information for Disciplined Licensees

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing
as a specialty in the Nurse Practice Act.

However, the Vermont BON does have a position statement titled "Role of the Nurse in Holistic Health" as well as a position statement on "The Role of the Nurse in the Administration of Homeopathic Remedies and/or Food Additives" and "Responsibilities of the Nurse in Providing Complementary and Alternative Medicine Interventions"

Virginia

Website Summary 
Board Members
Meetings and Minutes
Forms and Applications
Laws and Regulations
Education Programs
Renew Online
License Lookup
Case Decisions
Guidance Documents
Reports
FAQ
Newsletters
File a Complaint
Administrative Proceedings Division
Staff Listing 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Washington 

Website Summary
Application Status
File a Complaint
Change Your Contact Information
Background Check/Fingerprint Requirements
Prescribing Authority
Search by Topic
Publications
Medical Commission
Nursing Commission

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

West Virginia

Website Summary 
Forms
Board Meetings
Licensing
Complaints
Law/Scope
Links
FAQ
Education
Practice
Dialysis 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act
(Chapter 30: Professions and Occupations)

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing
as a specialty.  

Wisconsin

Website Summary
Laws, Rules, and Policies
Licensing
Services (License Lookup, Renewal, etc.)
FAQ
Other Resources 

Contact Information 

Nurse Practice Act
No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Wyoming

Website Summary
Board Information
Nurse Information
FAQ/Publications
Discipline
Statutes/Rules
Applications/Forms
Education
Nurse Monitoring Program
Help and Contact Information 

Contact Information

Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Northern Mariana Islands 

Website Summary
Commonwealth Bd. of Nurse Examiners site 
FAQ
Licensure Documents
Contact Information 

Contact Information

 

No online information concerning

Nursing Practice Law is available at this time. Check back on the webpage for updates, or use the contact information to obtain a paper version of Northern Mariana codes.

 

Guam

Website Summary
Director's Office
Divisions for Environmental Health, Seniors,
Public Health, and Public Welfare
Licensing Office
Forms
Rules and Regulations
Announcement

651 Legacy Square Commercial Complex S
Rte. 10 Suite 9 Mangilao, Guam 96913
phone: 671-735-7406/8
fax: 671-735-7413

Contact Information


Nurse Practice Act

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

American Samoa

Website Summary

This Website is currently
under construction. Check back for
information concerning nursing,
licensure, and Nurse Practice Acts.

 Contact Information

No online information concerning Nursing Practice Law is available at this time. Check back on the government webpage for updates, or use the contact information to obtain a paper version of American Samoa codes.

Virgin Islands

Website Summary
BNL Staff
Board Members
Fees
Licensure Information
VI Nursing Practice Law
Renewal Applications
 

Contact Information
(National Council of State Boards of Nursing)

Nurse Practice Act
(Title 27, Professions and Occupations: Chapter 1,  Subchapter IV, Nursing)

While the VI Board of Nursing website does have a link to the Nurse Practice Law, it is apparently broken. Check back in the future for more information.

Lexisnexis has VI Code available to the Public.

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

Puerto Rico

Website Summary

Unable to find an official website of online nursing resources for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Board of Nurse Examiners

800 Roberto H Todd Avenue
Room 202 Stop 18
Santurce, PR 00908
787-725-7506
787-725-7903

 

See Contact information when attempting to obtain Nurse Practice Act.


         


District of Columbia

Online renewal
Criminal History check
NURSYS verification
Municipal Regulations

Contact us

         

No mention of the words holism/holistic as defined or recognition of holistic nursing as a specialty.

 


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