Georgia nurses are concerned that lack of funding for their state licensing board will create problems in protecting patients from an impaired, unlicensed or dangerous nurse.
A new law that goes into effect Monday will require nurses to report suspected professional violations to the Georgia Board of Nursing. But the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) says the budget for the state’s nursing board is not sufficient to allow for proper regulation of their profession.
Currently, average licensure fees collected by the Secretary of State’s Office for registered nurses total about $4.1 million per year, while the budget appropriation for the operation of the nursing board is less than 50 percent of that, says Jeremy Arieh, a GNA spokesman.
A Georgia statute requires that the total amount of licensure fees charged by a professional licensing board “shall approximate the total of the direct and indirect costs to the state of operations of the board.” Based on that, the nursing board is not getting the full funding it is due, GNA says. full story