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Raised Bill No. 929

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 2718

 

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Referred to Committee on Education

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS OF SCHOOL NURSES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10-212 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) (1) Each local or regional board of education shall appoint one or more school nurses or nurse practitioners. Such school nurses and nurse practitioners appointed by such boards shall be qualified pursuant to regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 by the State Board of Education in consultation with the Department of Public Health. On and after July 1, 2011, such regulations shall require that each school nurse participates in at least fifteen hours of continuing education annually and maintains a valid nursing license in this state, and for any person not qualified as a school nurse prior to July 1, 2011, such regulations shall require that such person seeking to be qualified as a school nurse (A) is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, (B) has at least two years of full-time working experience as a registered nurse during the five-year period immediately prior to the date of employment as a school nurse, (C) has a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in nursing or other health-related field, such as public heath or health education, or has a diploma or associate degree in nursing and at least fifteen academic credits from a licensed or accredited institution of higher education in nursing-related subject areas, and (D) is certified as a school nurse by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.

(2) Such school nurses may also act as visiting nurses in the town, may visit the homes of pupils in the public schools and shall assist in executing the orders of the school medical advisor, if there is any in such town, and perform such other duties as are required by such board.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any regulation of Connecticut state agencies, nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the administering of medications by parents or guardians to their own children on school grounds.

(c) School nurses and nurse practitioners appointed by or under contract with any local or regional board of education and any nurse provided to a nonpublic school under the provisions of section 10-217a shall submit to a criminal history records check in accordance with the provisions of section 29-17a.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2011

10-212

Statement of Purpose:

To direct the State Board of Education to adopt regulations increasing the qualification requirements of school nurses.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]