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Georgia Board of Nursing

The Georgia Board of Nursing was created by an act of the General Assembly on August 22, 1907 and is responsible for the regulation of registered professional nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and registered nursing education programs.  The Board consists of eight members appointed by the Governor: seven registered  professional nurses and one consumer member.  The Board develops rules and regulations that set the standards for nursing practice and education, provide the minimum qualifications for licensure, and ensure that the disciplinary process is implemented in a fashion that guarantees due process and public protection.

Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Office of Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division located at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia.  Meeting dates, time and location are posted on this website.

Application Processing Delays

System outages at the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Office of Secretary of State have caused significant delays in application processing times.  Please allow up to twenty-five business days for applications to be reviewed. 

To guarantee the most efficient processing time, please follow all application instructions to ensure your application packet is complete .  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Online Application for New Graduates

Graduates of Georgia nursing education programs may view detailed instructions regarding the online application process and access the online application for licensure by examination by clicking here.

Combination of Nursing Boards

In 2012, the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses discussed seeking legislation to combine the two boards into one entity.  The Boards worked closely with Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Representative Bruce Williamson to draft the necessary legislation. 

“Because of the tough budget environment, it is important that government makes every effort to streamline efforts and increase efficiencies,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “Thanks to Bruce’s leadership, Georgia nurses will be licensed by a single board, rather than two.  It is a common-sense measure that streamlines a core government function.”

“I enjoyed working with Secretary Kemp and Senator Renee Unterman on this issue,” said Bruce Williamson. “HB 332 is absolutely in line with Georgia’s conservative values. It shrinks government, while still offering responsible protection.” On Monday May 6, 2013, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 332 to officially combine the two nursing boards effective July 1, 2014.  Freddetena Fletcher (Vice Chair, Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses), Brenda Rowe (Georgia Board of Nursing), Kathy Mann (Georgia Board of Nursing) and Executive Director Jim Cleghorn were present for the bill signing.

The Georgian Nurse

The Georgia Board of Nursing is pleased to announce the publication of a quarterly magazine for nurses in Georgia.  The Georgian Nurse is published by the Board and provides information regarding education, licensure, practice and discipline issues.  Copies of The Georgian Nurse are mailed to every healthcare facility in Georgia and electronic copies are emailed to every licensee with an active email address on file with the Board.  To view the most recent edition of The Georgian Nurse click here.


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