Except as provided in this chapter, it is unlawful for any person to do any of the following:
(a) To practice or to offer to practice nursing in this state unless the person holds a license in an active status.
(b) To use any title, sign, card, or device to indicate that he or she is qualified to practice or is practicing nursing, unless the person has been duly licensed or certified under this chapter.
(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 350, Sec. 2.)
It is unlawful for any person or persons not licensed or certified as provided in this chapter to use the title “registered nurse,” the letters “R.N. ,” or the words “graduate nurse,” “trained nurse,” or “nurse anesthetist.”
It is unlawful for any person or persons not licensed or certified as provided in this chapter to impersonate a professional nurse or pretend to be licensed to practice professional nursing as provided in this chapter.
(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 696, Sec. 5.)
It is unlawful for a person to wilfully make any false representation or to impersonate any other person or permit or aid any person in any manner to impersonate him in connection with any examination or application for a license, or request to be examined or licensed.
(Added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 807.)
(a) It is unlawful for anyone to conduct a school of nursing unless the school has been approved by the board.
(b) If the board has a reasonable belief, either by complaint or otherwise, that a school is allowing students to apply for its nursing program and that nursing program does not have the approval of the board, the board shall immediately order the school to cease and desist from offering students the ability to enroll in its nursing program. The board shall also notify the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and the Attorney General’s office that the school is offering students the ability to enroll in a nursing program that does not have the approval of the board.
(c) It shall be unprofessional conduct for any registered nurse to violate or attempt to violate, either directly or indirectly, or to assist or abet the violation of, this section.
(d) This section is not applicable to schools conducted under Section 2789 of this chapter.
(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 789, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2013.)
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon a conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 10 days nor more than one year, or by a fine of not less than twenty dollars ($20) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1092, Sec. 10. Effective September 27, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984, by Sec. 427 of Ch. 1092.)
None of the sections in this article, except Sections 2796 and 2797, shall be applicable to any person or persons specifically exempted from the general provisions of this act by Section 2731 hereof, or to schools conducted by any well recognized church or denomination for the purpose of training the adherents of such church or denomination in the care of the sick in accordance with its religious tenets; and any adherent of any well recognized church or denomination who engages in nursing or the care of the sick in connection with the practice of the religious tenets of such well recognized church or denomination may use the word “nurse” in connection with or following his or her name, provided he or she shall not use the title “registered nurse,” the letters “R.N.,” the words “graduate nurse,” “trained nurse,” “nurse anesthetist,” or any other name, word or symbol in connection with or following his or her name so as to lead another or others to believe that he or she is a professional nurse licensed under the provisions of this chapter.
(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 696, Sec. 6.)