Nursing Law and Rules in Ohio: An Overview

DESCRIPTION: This independent study has been developed for nurses who wish to learn more about nursing law and rules in Ohio. The study was designed to be utilized with both Section 4723 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), (commonly known as the Nurse Practice Act) and Chapter 4723 of the Ohio Administrative Code (commonly known as Board rules).

OUTCOME: The learner will have a better understanding of selected portions of the Nurse Practice Act of the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) rules and the role of the Ohio General Assembly in establishing the Nurse Practice Act in Ohio. The learner will be able to distinguish differences between the OBN and professional nursing associations in Ohio.

1.3 contact hour of Category A (Law and Rules) will be awarded for successful completion of this independent study. This independent study meets the Ohio Board of Nursing requirement for 1 contact hour of approved continuing education directly related to the law and rules governing nursing practice in Ohio.

This independent study was developed by: Carol Roe, JD, RN. Revisions to this study were made by Jan Lanier, JD, RN, and recently, Kathleen Morris, RN. The authors and members of the planning committee have declared no conflict of interest.


Information in this study is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal and/or medical advice or to be a comprehensive compendium of evidence-based practice. For specific implementation information, please contact an appropriate professional, organization, legal source, or facility policy.

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).

Expires 1/1/2018.  Copyright ©2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 by Ohio Nurses Association

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