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ASBN - Laws & Rules

The Arkansas Nurse Practice Act is the most important piece of legislation related to nursing practice. The Arkansas Nurse Practice Act states in Subchapter 2, Section 17-87-203, Powers and duties, that “The Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall have the following powers and responsibilities:

  1. (A)  Promulgate whatever regulations it deems necessary for the implementation of this chapter.
  2. (B)  No regulation promulgated hereafter by the board shall be effective until reviewed by the Legislative Council and the House Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor and the Senate Interim Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor or appropriate subcommittees thereof of the Arkansas General Assembly.”

The regulation, when it becomes effective, is part of the ASBN Rules.  

To practice nursing in Arkansas, it is your responsibility to be informed on both the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act and ASBN Rules. The Arkansas Nurse Practice Act and ASBN Rules can be downloaded free of charge 

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