SB 826
Modifies provisions regarding professional nursing and collaborative practice arrangements
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Last Action:
1/12/2016 - Second Read and Referred S Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2016

Current Bill Summary

SB 826 - Currently, a physician may enter into a collaborative practice arrangement with a registered professional nurse, and the arrangement may delegate to the nurse the authority to administer or dispense drugs and provide treatment. The act repeals the provision requiring a collaborative practice arrangement to be in writing and provides that a collaborative practice arrangement may delegate the authority to administer drugs and provide treatment to a registered professional nurse who is not an advanced practice registered nurse. The State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts shall, rather than may, make certain information regarding physicians engaged in collaborative practice agreements available to the public.

The act creates a license for advanced practice registered nursing and specifies that the practice of advanced practice nursing includes assessing and diagnosing health problems, planning and ordering therapeutic regimens, coordinating with or referring to another health care provider, and prescriptive authority for legend drugs and controlled substances. Advanced practice nursing is practiced in accordance with the APRN's graduate-level education and certification in one of four recognized roles: certified clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, certified nurse practitioner, and certified registered nurse anesthetist, with at least one population focus as defined in the act.

An APRN has the authority to prescribe, dispense, and administer nonscheduled legend drugs and nonscheduled legend drug samples. Currently, the Board of Nursing may grant a certificate of controlled substance prescriptive authority to an APRN who completes an advanced pharmacology course, a minimum of three hundred clock hours preceptorial experience in the prescription of drugs, and a minimum of one thousand hours of practice in an advanced practice nursing category, and has a controlled substance prescribing authority delegated in a collaborative practice arrangement. This act provides that an APRN may be granted a certificate of controlled substance prescriptive authority if the APRN has completed an advanced pharmacology course and repeals provisions which require APRNs to administer, dispense, and prescribe drugs pursuant to a collaborative practice arrangement. APRNs with such a certificate may administer, dispense, and prescribe Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances.

In addition to other requirements, the applicant for a license shall complete the required post graduate education as provided in the act and provide documentation of certification in one of the four APRN roles from a nationally recognized certifying body.

This act is similar to provisions in HCS/HB 1465 (2016) and HCS/HB 1866 (2016).