Welcome to the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians

About the Enforcement Division

The Board is mandated to protect consumers from licensees who practice in an unsafe, incompetent or impaired manner. To achieve this goal, the Board administers a licensing exam to ensure that candidates possess the minimum level of competence. The Board currently regulates the practice of licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians in the State of California.

The Board has authority to revoke, suspend, or place on probation any license if the licensee has violated a provision of the law governing the profession (Business and Professions Code, Division 2, Chapter 6.5, Article 3). Further, the Board has authority to deny licensure to anyone convicted of a crime substantially related to the profession or who has done any act which, if done by a licensee, would be grounds for revocation or suspension of the license.

The Board has established an aggressive enforcement program to ensure that timely and appropriate disciplinary action is taken against unprofessional, incompetent, or grossly negligent practitioners. The Board utilizes the services of the Department of Consumer Affairs' (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI), the Attorney General's (AG) Office and the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) to ensure that disciplinary actions are handled in a fair and judicious manner.