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Staff Report
to the
Senior Department Official
on
Recognition Compliance Issues

RECOMMENDATION PAGE

1.
Agency:   Maryland Board Of Nursing (1985/2011)
                  (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
 
2.
Action Item:   Petition for Continued Recognition
 
3.
Scope of Recognition:   State agency for the approval of nurse education.
4.
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting:   December, 2015
 
5.
Staff Recommendation:   Renew the agency's recognition for four years.
 
6.
Issues or Problems:   None



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 
 

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

 
The Maryland Board of Nursing is a State agency for the approval of nurse education. The agency currently has approved 23 registered nursing programs (15 Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs and and 8 Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) programs) and 14 licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs, totaling 37 approved programs in Maryland. Of the total number of approved nursing education programs, 16 (3 ADN, 2 BSN and 11 LPN) programs are not accredited by either of the two recognized national nursing accrediting agencies. Therefore, Secretarial recognition of the MBN is necessary to provide professional and financial resources not otherwise available to some students who pursue professional training in Maryland schools of nursing. There have not been any complaints submitted to the Department on behalf of this agency since its last review.

 
 
Recognition History
 
The Secretary initially recognized the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBN or Board) as an agency for the approval of nurse education in 1985, and has renewed the agency’s recognition continuously since that time.

The agency's last full review for re-recognition was conducted in Fall 2011. The Assistant Secretary's decision letter dated August 24, 2014 renewed the agency's recognition for a period of one and one-half year. The agency submitted a petition for re-recognition on June 04, 2015 The agency's re-recognition petition is the subject of this analysis. Department Staff observed a commission meeting in June 2015.


PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

 
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition.
 
 

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

 
The Department did not receive any written third-party comments regarding this agency.