Florida Nursing Regulations

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (DMQA), licenses and regulates 200-plus license types in more than 40 healthcare professions.  The Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) is one of the agencies administered by the DMQA. The DMQA assures that the consumer is protected, that unlicensed activity is curtailed and determines what improvements the FBON must make. The DMQA also works to maintain consistency between the nurse practice act and the practice acts of other professions.

The duty of the FBON is to protect the public from unqualified or unsafe nurses. To enable this responsibility, the FBON is authorized to implement the Florida Nurse Practice Act and Florida Administrative Code. Using the authority granted by the Florida Legislature, the FBON "monitors, disciplines, educates and, when appropriate, rehabilitates its licensees to assure their fitness and competence in providing health care services for the people of Florida."  

The power of the FBON is constrained by statute. Chapter §120.536 limits the rulemaking authority, powers and functions of an agency to extend no further than implementing or interpreting the specific powers and duties conferred by the enabling statutes.