nursekitty, here is the reply i got from to the letter i sent to the secretary of state, it doesn't look good for us. changing a law in ga is just rediculous.
at least we can change it to our place of practice or a po box. i would just hate not to do anything about this and have someone hurt because of it. too bad hippa doesn't protect us.
thank you for contacting secretary of state cathy cox’s office to express your concerns regarding the public listing of address information for registered nurses on our agency’s website. please know that we understand your concerns and we appreciate the opportunity to address the issue you have presented.
in response, georgia law (ocga 43-1-2) requires the state board of nursing to make names and addresses of licensees available to the public. however, we have many practitioners who share your concerns regarding their privacy, and they are given the option to provide the board with a practice address or a post office box for the public listing. any changes to this law would require action by the georgia general assembly; therefore, if you feel that it should be changed, you may want to share your concerns with the state representative and/or senator for your district.
if you would like to change the public or mailing address information currently on file with our professional licensing boards division, you are welcome to send the new contact information to their attention, either via mail or fax, or you may update the information online. for your convenience, each of these contact options is listed below:
secretary of state professional licensing boards division
state board of nursing
237 coliseum drive
macon, georgia 31217-3858
phone: (478) 207-2440
fax: (478) 207-1632
again, we appreciate hearing from you and hope this information serves to alleviate your concerns. if the office of the secretary of state can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
office of secretary of state cathy cox
214 state capitol
atlanta, georgia 30334
i may try to start contacting my senator and representatives when i get some time to scribe a nice long letter. we had to do this in nursing school for the nurse practioner prescroption act and i am glad i have some experience doing this stuff now.
thanks for your interest