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Bill Detail: HB20-1216

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Title Sunset Continue Nurse Practice Act
Status Governor Signed (06/30/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors K. Mullica (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 01/30/2020

Sunset Process - House Health and Insurance Committee. The
bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory
agencies in its sunset review and report on the Nurse Practice Act (act),

under which nurses are regulated by the state board of nursing (board).
Specifically, the bill:
  • Continues the act for 7 years, until September 1, 2027
(sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Authorizes the board to enter into a confidential agreement
to limit practice with a nurse who has a health condition
that affects the ability of the nurse to practice safely and
modifies grounds for disciplining a nurse to specify that a
nurse may be disciplined for failing to notify the board of
a health condition that limits the nurse's ability to practice
safely, failing to act within the limits imposed by the health
condition, or failing to comply with the terms of a
confidential agreement entered into with the board
(sections 3 through 5);
  • Adds, as a ground for disciplining a nurse, engaging in a
sexual act with a patient during the course of care or within
6 months after care is concluded (section 4);
  • Requires licensees and insurance carriers to report
malpractice settlements and judgments (sections 4 and 6
through 8
  • Modifies the grounds for discipline relating to alcohol or
drug use or abuse to clarify that the use or abuse need not
be ongoing to trigger discipline (section 4);
  • Requires a nurse to report an adverse action or the
surrender of a license within 30 days after the action
(section 4);
  • Requires a nurse to report a criminal conviction within 30,
rather than 45, days after the conviction (section 4);
  • Repeals the standards of willful and negligent with
regard to certain grounds for disciplining a nurse (section
  • Changes the title advanced practice nurse and the
acronym A.P.N. to advanced practice registered nurse
and A.P.R.N. (sections 9 through 17);
  • Eliminates the requirement that an advanced practice nurse
(APN) with prescriptive authority maintain and update an
articulated plan once the APN has completed the
provisional prescriptive authority period (section 13);
  • Authorizes, rather than requires, the board to conduct
random audits of an APN's articulated plan regarding the
APN's provisional prescriptive authority (section 13);
  • Eliminates the age limit for a nurse to obtain a volunteer
license (sections 18 and 19);
  • Repeals the requirement for the director of the division of
professions and occupations to consult with the board
before appointing an executive administrator and other
personnel for the board (section 20);
  • Repeals the requirement for at least one board member to
sit on the panel to interview candidates for the board
executive administrator position (section 20); and
  • Makes technical amendments to the act to: Split 2 distinct
grounds for discipline that are included in a single
paragraph in the disciplinary section of the act into 2
separate paragraphs; replaces references in the act to the
term refuse with the term deny; and repeals an obsolete
provision (sections 4 and 21 through 25).

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