WEST virginia Legislature
2016 regular session
House Bill 4654
By Delegates Summers, Campbell, Ellington, Householder and Rohrbach
[Passed March 7, 2016; in effect from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §30-7-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses; and eliminating required qualifications of the executive secretary to the board.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §30-7-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES.
§30-7-4. Organization and meetings of board; quorum; powers and duties generally; executive secretary; funds.
The board shall meet at least once each year and shall elect from its members a president and a secretary. The secretary shall also act as treasurer of the board. The board may hold other meetings during the year as it considers necessary to transact its business. A majority, including one officer, of the board is a quorum at any meeting. The board may:
(a) Adopt and, from time to time, amend rules, not inconsistent with this article, necessary to enable it to carry into effect the provisions of this article;
(b) Prescribe standards for educational programs preparing persons for licensure to practice registered professional nursing under this article;
(c) Provide for surveys of educational programs at times it considers necessary;
(d) Accredit educational programs for the preparation of practitioners of registered professional nursing that meet the requirements of this article and of the board;
(e) Deny or withdraw accreditation of educational programs for failure to meet or maintain prescribed standards required by this article and by the board;
(f) Examine, license and renew the licenses of duly qualified applicants;
(g) Conduct hearings upon charges calling for discipline of a licensee or revocation or suspension of a license;
(h) Keep a record of all proceedings of the board;
(i) Make a biennial report to the Governor;
(j) Appoint and employ a qualified person, who may not be a member of the board, to serve as executive secretary to the board;
(k) Define the duties and fix the compensation for the executive secretary; and
(l) Employ other persons necessary to carry on the work of the board.
All fees and other moneys collected by the board pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be kept in a separate fund and expended solely for the purpose of this article. No part of this special fund reverts to the General Funds of this state. The compensation provided by this article and all expenses incurred under this article shall be paid from this special fund. No compensation or expense incurred under this article is a charge against the General Funds of this state.