James M. Barber, RN, JD

Oklahoma Board of Nursing Defense

(405) 209-5720

7006 NW 63 rd Street Suite 106
Wiley Post Building
Bethany, OK 73008

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The Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act states the Board is authorized to adopt, and from time to time, revise such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this act as may be necessary to enable it to carry into effect the provisions of this act. 59 O.S. § 567.4 What that means for you is the Board makes it's own rules and interprets it's own rules. Scary, huh ?

The Administrative Procedures Act defines a rule as any agency statement or group of related statements of general applicability and future effect that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of the agency. 75 O.S. § 250.3(15) All rules were adopted in accordance with the procedures required in the Administrative Procedures Act

These rules were adopted by the Board in recognition of its responsibility to safeguard and promote the public health and welfare of the citizens of Oklahoma. 

                           Some Statistics

                         Investigative Cases Opened in 2011 by Type (most recent year reported by the OBN)
                            Drugs                                     11%
                            Nursing Practice                    41%
                            Abuse/Neglect                         7%
                             Felony                                     6%
                            Other                                      18%
                             PAP Related                            4%
                            Work on Lapsed License         5%
                             Fraud                                       5%

                             Where Were Cases Opened by Location of Practice (2011)
                            Hospital                                        20%
                            Nursing Home                              34%
                            Home Health                                5%
                            Other Nsg                                    10%
                            Other Non-Nsg                            31%


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