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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2014

LCO No. 3813

   
 

*SB0003603813HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st Dist.

REP. CARTER, 2nd Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 36

File No. 101

Cal. No. 310

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A")

"AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. "

Strike subsection (b) of section 501 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(b) Except as provided in this section, for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2014, a licensee applying for license renewal shall earn a minimum of fifty contact hours of continuing education within the preceding twenty-four-month period. Such continuing education shall: (1) Be in an area of the advanced practice registered nurse's practice; (2) reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public; (3) include at least five contact hours of training or education in pharmacotherapeutics; and (4) include at least one contact hour of training or education in each of the following topics: (A) Infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus, (B) risk management, (C) sexual assault, (D) domestic violence, and (E) cultural competency. For purposes of this section, qualifying continuing education activities include, but are not limited to, courses, including on-line courses, offered or approved by the American Nurses Association, Connecticut Hospital Association, Connecticut Nurses Association, Connecticut League for Nursing, a specialty nursing society or an equivalent organization in another jurisdiction, an educational offering sponsored by a hospital or other health care institution or a course offered by a regionally accredited academic institution or a state or local health department. The commissioner may grant a waiver of not more than ten contact hours of continuing education for an advanced practice registered nurse who: (i) Engages in activities related to the advanced practice registered nurse's service as a member of the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing, established pursuant to section 20-88 of the general statutes; or (ii) assists the department with its duties to boards and commissions as described in section 19a-14 of the general statutes. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 20-88 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing shall consist of [twelve] fifteen members who are residents of the state to be appointed by the Governor subject to the provisions of section 4-9a. The Governor shall appoint two members who shall be graduates of an approved school for licensed practical nursing; five members who shall be registered nurses, one of whom shall, at the time of appointment, be connected with an institution affording opportunities for the education of nurses, two of whom shall hold master's degrees in nursing from a recognized college or university and one of whom shall hold a degree of a doctor of nursing practice or doctor of nursing science from a recognized college or university; one member who shall be an advanced practice registered nurse practicing in collaboration with a physician; on and after January 1, 2018, one member who shall be an advanced practice registered nurse practicing not in collaboration with a physician but who has previously practiced in collaboration with a physician for a period of not less than six thousand two hundred forty hours; two members who shall be physicians; and four members who shall be public members. Members of said board shall be residents of this state and professional members shall maintain good professional standing. No member of said board shall be an elected or appointed officer of any professional association of nurses or have been such an officer during the year immediately preceding his appointment. No member shall serve more than two full consecutive terms which commence after July 1, 1980. Any vacancy shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the term.

(b) The Governor shall appoint a chairperson from among such members. Said board shall meet at least once during each calendar quarter and at such other times as the chairman deems necessary. Special meetings shall be held on the request of a majority of the board after notice in accordance with the provisions of section 1-225. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum. Members shall not be compensated for their services. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from office. Minutes of all meetings shall be recorded by the board. No member shall participate in the affairs of the board during the pendency of any disciplinary proceedings by the board against such member. "

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

Sec. 501

October 1, 2014

20-88