Upholding the Highest Standards

The Board works to efficiently handle complaints, investigations, and adjudications to safeguard the health of the public and in cases involving substance use disorder or practice issues, provide alternatives to discipline programs, if determined appropriate. The Compliance Unit processes and investigates over 7,000 complaints annually including criminal offenses, such as theft of drugs, impaired practitioners, sub-standard practice, patient abuse and neglect, and other violations of the Nurse Practice Act and administrative rules.

While the overwhelming majority of Ohio nurses practice with high standards, the actions or deficient practice of some have the potential to compromise patient safety and the public’s confidence in the profession. The Board plays a critical role in impacting the safety of nursing care that touches virtually all Ohioans.

General Information for Discipline and Complaints

For a general overview on information related to compliance, download the PDFs below.

The Patient Safety Initiative

The Board developed a comprehensive approach to practice complaints in 2010. The Patient Safety Initiative incorporates Just Culture, remediation, and an alternative to discipline program known as the Practice Intervention and Improvement Program (PIIP).  Download the PDF below for details