What We Do

The Board regulates over 300,000 licenses and certificates. The Board licenses and regulates registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Dialysis Technicians (DTs), Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Medication Aides. The Board’s top priorities are to efficiently license the nursing workforce and remove dangerous practitioners from practice in a timely manner to protect Ohio patients. Public protection is critical, as nursing touches virtually every citizen of Ohio. 

Board Members, Meetings, Materials

Board Members

Name and Position
Term Expires

Erin Keels, RN, APRN-CNP, President



Donna L. Hanly, RN, Vice President
Board Licensure Liaison



Sandra Ranck, RN, Supervising Member
Chair, Nursing Education Advisory Group
Chair, Community Health Workers Advisory Group



Matthew Carle, Consumer Member



Jenny Heiser, LPN



Tiffany Knepper, RN, APRN-CNP



Shawn Livingston, LPN



Joseph Quackenbush, LPN



Joanna Ridgeway, LPN



Candy Sue Rinehart, DNP, APRN-CNP
Chair, Continuing Education Advisory Group
Chair, Rules Advisory Group



Barbara Wadsworth, RN



Gina Woods, RN
Chair, Advisory Group on Dialysis

Canal Winchester


About the Board

Upcoming Board Meeting and Materials

The Ohio Board of Nursing November Board meeting will be Wednesday, November 16, at 8:30 a.m., and Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., at the Board office, 17 South High Street, 6th floor Board Room, Suite 660.

The Ohio Board of Nursing is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Joseph Fanell, Human Resources Representative, 380-234-9463 no later than November 1, 2022.


The November Board meeting is open to the public and will also be recorded and posted to the OBN Youtube channel after the meeting is complete. 

2022 Board Meeting Minutes

2021 Board Meeting Minutes

2020 Board Meeting Minutes

2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Advisory Groups and Committees - Meetings, Minutes and Materials

Advisory Groups and Committees General Information

Advisory Groups and Committees Meeting Dates

Advisory Group General Information
Advisory Groups meet several times a year to provide advice regarding the regulation of ongoing Ohio Board of Nursing programs. Advisory Groups are composed of public members, a Board member who serves as the chairperson, and Board staff.

Members of Advisory Groups are not compensated for their time, but they receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. Section 4723.02, Ohio Revised Code (ORC).

Advisory Group Appointments for 2023
The Ohio Board of Nursing will appoint members to the 2023 Advisory Groups during the NOVEMBER 2022 Board meeting.  If you are interested, please complete the application and email it to the Board office at Board@Nursing.Ohio.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022. The open positions for the 2023 Advisory Groups are as follows:

Advisory Group on Community Health Workers

Charge/Purpose: To discuss information and issues related to certified CHW roles and training programs; assist in identifying and promoting recognition and understanding of certified CHW roles and responsibilities in the health care community; identify and discuss opportunities for certified CHW employment in community based organizations and hospitals/health systems; and provide review and comment regarding proposed revisions for the Nurse Practice Act and administrative rules relating to certified CHW roles and education.

Open Positions
Certified CHW
Educator in a CHW Training Program
Administrator or Employer in of CHWs in Urban Area
Hospital Executive Nurse Representative
Consumer Member

Advisory Group on Dialysis

Charge/Purpose: The Advisory Group shall advise the Board regarding the qualifications, standards for training, and competence of dialysis technicians and dialysis technician interns and all other related matters.

Open Positions
APRN or Physician practicing nephrology

Advisory Group on Nursing Education

Charge/Purpose: Discuss information and issues related to nursing education programs and provide comment and review on proposed revisions for the Nurse Practice Act and administrative rules relating to nursing education.

Open Positions
Administrator/Employer (Urban)
Faculty in a Practical Nursing Education Program
Faculty in a Baccalaureate Nursing Education Program
Faculty in an Associate Degree Nursing Program
Nurse practicing in acute care
Nurse practicing in long-term care
2 LPNs in practice
Consumer Representative


Advisory Group on Certified Community Health Workers


Advisory Group on Continuing Education

Advisory Committee on Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

Advisory Group on Dialysis

Advisory Group on Nursing Education

Advisory Group on Rules