Nursing Process and Clinical Judgment: Ohio Board of Nursing Law and Rules


The Ohio Board of Nursing operates under Chapter 4723 of the Ohio Revised Code (4723 ORC), which provides the law regulating the practice of nursing in Ohio. The law specifies the scope of practice for both registered and licensed practical nurses. Rules (chapter 4723 of the Ohio Administrative Code or 4723 OAC) provide more structure for how the nurse is expected to carry out components of the law, including scope of practice. This study describes how the licensed nurse is expected to use nursing process and critical thinking to remain in adherence with law and rule.

The learner will be able to describe how use of clinical judgment aligns with expectations cited in Ohio Board of Nursing Law and Rules (Category A).

1.6 contact hours of Law and Rules (Category A) will be awarded for successful completion of this independent study.

This independent study was developed by: Pamela S. Dickerson, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN. The author and planning committee members have declared no conflict of interest.


This content is designed for educational purposes only, based on law and rule in effect on 10/1/18. This information is not designed for legal advice; please consult an appropriate attorney or organizational authority for legal questions. Please consult the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) website,, periodically for updates, and read the Board’s quarterly publication, Momentum, for additional information.

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) .

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