SB 96

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Nursing, Board of, investigators granted power of peace officers, Act 2017-46, 2017 Reg. Sess.; Sec. 34-21-2 am'd.
Description

Relating to the Board of Nursing; to amend Act 2017-46, 2017 Regular Session, now appearing as Section 34-21-2, Code of Alabama 1975; to grant investigators of the board who meet the minimum standards of the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission authority to exercise the powers of law enforcement officers in investigating alleged violations perpetrated by licensees of the Nurse Practice Act.

Subjects
Nursing, Board of
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Relating to the Board of Nursing; to amend Act 2017-46, 2017 Regular Session, now appearing as Section 34-21-2, Code of Alabama 1975; to grant investigators of the board who meet the minimum standards of the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission authority to exercise the powers of law enforcement officers in investigating alleged violations perpetrated by licensees of the Nurse Practice Act.

Section 1

Section 34-21-2, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended by Act 2017-46 of the 2017 Regular Session, is amended to read as follows:

§34-21-2.

(a) There is created the Board of Nursing, which shall be composed of 13 members to be appointed and have the duties and powers enumerated in this section. The membership of the board shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. In order to insure continuity of administration, the nine board members provided for by Section 3 of Act 427, Regular Session 1975, shall continue to serve to the completion of the term for which they are serving. The Governor, within 60 days of January 1, 1984, shall appoint a tenth member who shall be a licensed practical nurse for a term of four years from a list of nominees furnished him or her by the Alabama Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Incorporated, or its successor organization. As the terms of all board members expire, their successors shall be appointed for terms of four years each. Vacancies in unexpired terms shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments are made. No member shall be appointed to more than two consecutive terms of four years each. Eight members of the board shall be licensed professional nurses, and four members of the board shall be licensed practical nurses.

(b)(1) The Governor shall appoint the members of the board who are licensed professional nurses from a list of nominees who are selected by the Board of Nursing Nomination Committee and furnished to the Governor by the Alabama State Nurses' Association, or its successor organization, and such list, when furnished, shall contain at least twice the number of nominees as there are appointments to be made or vacancies to be filled. The Alabama State Nurses' Association, or its successor organization, on or before December 1 of each year, or at such other times as necessary, shall furnish the Governor with a list of licensed professional nurses qualified for appointment to the board. In the nominating and appointing process, due care shall be taken to ensure the maintenance of qualified representation from the fields of nursing education, nursing administration, clinical nursing, and advanced practice nursing.

(2) The Governor shall appoint two of the members of the board who are to be licensed practical nurses from a list of nominees furnished him or her by the Board of Directors of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Alabama, or its successor organization, and such list, when furnished, shall contain at least twice the number of nominees for the vacancies to be filled. The Board of Directors of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Alabama, or its successor organization, on or before December 1 of each year in which the term of office of a board member or a nominee of the Board of Directors shall expire, or at such other time as necessary, shall furnish the Governor with such list of licensed practical nurses qualified for appointment to the board.

(3) The Governor shall appoint two members on the board who are to be licensed practical nurses from a list of nominees furnished him or her by the Board of Directors of the Alabama Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Incorporated, or its successor organization, and such list, when furnished, shall contain at least twice the number of nominees for the vacancies to be filled. The Board of Directors of the Alabama Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Incorporated, or its successor organization, on or before December 1 of each year in which the term of office of the board member filled by the nominee of such board of directors shall expire, or at such other times as necessary, shall furnish the Governor with a list of licensed practical nurses qualified for appointment to the board.

(c) The Governor may remove any member from the board for neglect of duty of the board, incompetency, or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct.

(d) Each person appointed to the board as a licensed professional nurse shall be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State of Alabama, and have all of these additional qualifications:

(1) Be a graduate of a state-approved educational program for the preparation of practitioners of professional nursing.

(2) Be a currently licensed professional nurse in Alabama.

(3) Have a minimum of five years' successful nursing experience in an administrative, teaching, clinical capacity, or advanced practice.

(4) Be actively engaged in professional nursing in this state immediately preceding and during appointment.

(e) Each person appointed to the board as a licensed practical nurse shall be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State of Alabama, and have all of these additional qualifications:

(1) Hold a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent.

(2) Be a graduate of a state-approved vocational educational program for the preparation of practitioners of licensed practical nursing.

(3) Be a currently licensed practical nurse in Alabama.

(4) Have a minimum of five years' successful nursing experience.

(5) Be actively engaged in licensed practical nursing in this state immediately preceding and during appointment.

(f) There shall be one member of the board who is a consumer and who is not a member of any of the health care professions. The consumer member shall be appointed by the Governor effective January 1, 1998, and shall serve for a term of four years. His or her successor shall be appointed in a like manner at the expiration of each term or upon a vacancy for the remainder of an unexpired term of office. The consumer member of the board shall have, presently or formerly, no direct financial interest in any health care facility, profession, agency, or insurer, or be or have been a health care worker.

(g) There shall be two advanced practice nurse positions to be filled effective January 1, 1998, in the same manner as all other professional nurse positions. One advanced practice nurse position shall be served for an initial five-year term and successors shall serve four-year terms. The remaining member appointed to an advance practice nurse position shall serve an initial four-year term and successors shall serve four-year terms.

(h) All members of the board shall enjoy immunity from individual civil liability pursuant to Section 36-1-12 while acting within the scope of their duties as board members.

(i) The board shall have the following powers and perform the following duties: It shall meet at least once a year and shall, at its organizational meeting and at its annual meetings thereafter, elect from its members a president, a vice-president, and a secretary. It may hold such other and additional meetings during any year as it deems necessary for the transaction of business. A majority of the board, including one officer, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting.

(j) The board may:

(1) Adopt and, from time to time, revise such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with law, as may be necessary to carry out this chapter.

(2) Prescribe standards and approve curricula for nursing educational programs preparing persons for licensure under this chapter.

(3) Provide for surveys and evaluations of such programs at such times as it may deem necessary.

(4) Approve such nursing educational programs as meet the requirements of this chapter and the board. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to diminish the power of the State Board of Education or other constitutionally or legislatively established state agencies to govern the schools under their respective jurisdictions.

(5) Deny or withdraw approval from educational programs for failure to meet prescribed standards. Withdrawal of approval shall be effected only after a hearing in accordance with board rules and regulations.

(6) Examine, license, and renew the licenses of duly qualified applicants and require employers to submit listings of personnel covered by this chapter to the board upon request.

(7) Conduct investigations, hearings, and proceedings concerning alleged violations of this section or of the rules and regulations of the board.

(8) Have the power to issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to persons giving testimony at hearings.

(9) Cause the prosecution of all persons violating this chapter and incur such necessary expenses therefor.

(10) Keep a public record of all of its proceedings.

(11) Keep a register of all licensees.

(12) Make an annual report to the Governor.

(13) Appoint and employ a qualified person, not subject to the state Merit System, who shall not be a member of the board, to serve as executive officer.

(14) Define the duties and fix the compensation for the executive officer.

(15) Employ such other persons as may be necessary to carry on the work of the board and provide for appropriate bonding of employees. Regular employees of the board shall be employed subject to the state Merit System in effect on January 1, 1966, or at the time of employment.

(16) Employ consultants, specialists, counsel, or other specially qualified persons under contract or on a part-time basis to assist it in administering this chapter and without regard to the state Merit System in effect on or after January 1, 1966, and pay for the services of such persons.

(17) Accept gifts and grants upon terms and conditions imposed by it through official resolutions.

(18) Perform such other duties, not inconsistent with law, as required by this chapter to foster and improve nursing and the regulation thereof and the public health of this state.

(19) Expend funds of the board in exercising its powers and duties and in administering this chapter.

(20) Determine and collect reasonable fees.

(21) Adopt standards for registered and practical nursing practice and for continued competency of licensees.

(22) Join organizations that develop and regulate the national nursing licensure examinations and promote the improvement of the legal standards of the practice of nursing for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.

(k) The executive officer employed by the board shall be a citizen of the United States, a person of the highest integrity, and possess these additional qualifications: Be a licensed professional nurse in Alabama or eligible for licensure, be a graduate of a professional nursing program approved by the state in which the program was completed, hold a master's degree, and have had a varied experience in nursing, including at least five years' experience in an administrative or teaching capacity.

(l) The executive officer shall be bonded for the faithful performance of the duties of the office in the sum of not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000), and the premium of the bond shall be paid out of the funds of the board.

(m) Each member of the board shall receive the same per diem and travel allowance as is paid by law to state employees for each day's attendance at the board meetings incurred in the discharge of his or her duties as a board member in addition to any daily compensation or allowance, if any, as may be provided by the board, in such amount as may be determined by the board. Any member of the board engaged in duties under the direction of the board shall receive the per diem and travel expenses and daily compensation or allowance authorized by the board.

(n)(1) An investigator employed by the board who complies with the minimum standards of the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission shall have the authority of a law enforcement officer, including the authority to inspect documents and to enforce laws involving an alleged violation of this chapter.

(2) An investigator is not entitled to overtime compensation pursuant to Sections 36-21-4 and 36-21-5 or to compensation pursuant to the requirements of Section 36-21-13.

(o) Nothing in this chapter shall limit the rights of affected parties to appeal decisions of the board with regard to rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 21, 2018HPending third reading on day 23 Favorable from Health
March 21, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
March 13, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Health
March 13, 2018SEngrossed
March 13, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 776
March 13, 2018SPittman motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 775
March 13, 2018SPittman Amendment Offered
March 13, 2018SDial motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 774
March 13, 2018SHealth and Human Services Amendment Offered
March 13, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 1, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
January 9, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Health and Human Services
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed