4723.40 Injunctions.

(A) Through the attorney general or an appropriate prosecuting attorney, the board of nursing may apply to an appropriate court for an order enjoining the unauthorized practice of nursing or any other violation of this chapter. On the filing of a verified petition, the court shall conduct a hearing on the petition and give the same preference to the proceeding as is given all proceedings under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, irrespective of the position of the proceeding on the court's calendar. On a showing that a person has violated or is about to violate any provision of this chapter, the court shall grant an order enjoining the violation.

(B)

(1) If the board's supervising member for disciplinary matters obtains information sufficient to determine that a person may have engaged in the unauthorized practice of nursing or any other violation of this chapter, the supervising member shall notify the alleged offender by registered mail that information has been obtained regarding the alleged violation. The notice may be sent either before or after a petition has been filed under division (A) of this section.

(2) To be considered sufficient, the information must include all of the following:

(a) A description of the alleged violation;

(b) If a particular individual can be identified, the name of the individual involved in the violation;

(c) The name and address of the facility, institution, or other place where the violation occurred;

(d) The approximate dates that the violation occurred.

(3) Not later than thirty days after receiving notice from the supervising member, the alleged offender shall respond to the supervising member with respect to the allegations. If the person fails to give a timely and sufficient response, the supervising member shall investigate. Based on the findings of the investigation, the supervising member may request that the board proceed as authorized by division (A) of this section.

(C) The injunction proceedings and notice requirements provided for by this section are in addition to all penalties and other remedies provided in this chapter.

Effective Date: 04-10-2001