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Patient Safety Act

Concerning certain health care professions regulated by the department of regulatory agencies, and, in connection therewith, requiring criminal history record checks for individuals with prescriptive authority and certified nurse aides, repealing the nurse licensure compact, and enacting the enhanced nurse licensure compact.
2017 Regular Session

The bill requires applicants for initial licensure or certification, as well as current licensees and certificate holders, to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check for:

  • Podiatrists ( sections 1 and 2 );
  • Dentists and dental hygienists ( sections 3 and 4 );
  • Medical doctors, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists ( sections 5 and 6 );
  • Nurses ( sections 7 and 8 );
  • Certified nurse aides ( sections 10 and 11 );
  • Optometrists ( sections 13 through 15 ); and
  • Veterinarians ( sections 16 through 18 ).

Section 9 of the bill eliminates the nurse alternative to discipline program.

Section 12 of the bill requires an employer of a certified nurse aide (CNA) to report whenever a CNA is terminated from employment or resigns in lieu of termination, within 30 days after the termination or resignation. The state board of nursing is authorized to fine an employer that fails to report the termination or resignation.

Section 19 amends the 'Medical Transparency Act of 2010' to include a person applying for nurse licensure under the 'Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact' within the definition of 'applicant'.

Section 20 of the bill repeals the current 'Nurse Licensure Compact' and adopts the 'Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact'.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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