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Senate Bill No. 572

(Senators Stollings, Kessler (Mr. President), Tucker, Foster, Williams and Klempa, original sponsors)


[Passed March 10, 2012; in effect ninety days from passage.]





AN ACT to amend and reenact §30-7-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-7-1a; and to amend and reenact §30-7-15b and §30-7-15c of said code, all relating to advanced practice registered nurses; replacing the term“advanced nurse practitioner” with “advanced practice registered nurse”; providing a new definition; making technical corrections; including the Board of Osteopathic Medicine in receipt of copy of certain verifications; providing a grandfather clause; permitting the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses to set an application fee by legislative rule; and providing the board rule-making authority.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §30-7-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-7-1a; and that §30-7-15b and §30-7-15c of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:


§30-7-1. Definitions.

    As used in this article the term:

    (a) The practice of “advanced practice registered nurse” is a registered nurse who has acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills preparing him or her to provide direct and indirect care to patients, who has completed a board-approved graduate-level education program and who has passed a board-approved national certification examination. An advanced practice registered nurse shall meet all the requirements set forth by the board by rule for an advance practice registered nurse which shall include, at a minimum, a valid license to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, a certified nurse midwife, a clinical nurse specialist or a certified nurse practitioner.

    (b) "Board" means the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses;

    (c) The practice of "registered professional nursing" means the performance for compensation of any service requiring substantial specialized judgment and skill based on knowledge and application of principles of nursing derived from the biological, physical and social sciences, such as responsible supervision of a patient requiring skill in observation of symptoms and reactions and the accurate recording of the facts, or the supervision and teaching of other persons with respect to such principles of nursing, or in the administration of medications and treatments as prescribed by a licensed physician or a licensed dentist, or the application of such nursing procedures as involve understanding of cause and effect in order to safeguard life and health of a patient and others;

    (d) "Temporary permit" means a permit authorizing the holder to practice registered professional nursing in this state until such permit is no longer effective or the holder is granted a license by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

§30-7-1a. Eligibility for licensure by meeting requirements which existed prior to the legislative enactments during the 2012 legislative session.

    An applicant for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse as set forth in section one of this article who completed an advanced nursing education program and was recognized, licensed or certified in an advanced practice or a certified nurse midwife by West Virginia or another state before December 31, 2012, may apply for and receive an advanced practice registered nurse license if that applicant meets the requirements that were in place in West Virginia at the time the applicant qualified for initial advanced practice licensure.

§30-7-15b. Eligibility for prescriptive authority; application; fee.

    An advanced practice registered nurse who applies for authorization to prescribe drugs shall:

    (a) Be licensed and certified in West Virginia as an advanced practice registered nurse;

    (b) Not be less than eighteen years of age;

    (c) Provide the board with evidence of successful completion of forty-five contact hours of education in pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy under a program approved by the board, fifteen hours of which shall be completed within the two-year period immediately before the date of application;

    (d) Provide the board with evidence that he or she is a person of good moral character and not addicted to alcohol or the use of controlled substances; and

    (e) Submit a completed, notarized application to the board, accompanied by a fee as established by the board by rule.

§30-7-15c. Form of prescriptions; termination of authority; renewal; notification of termination of authority.

    (a) Prescriptions authorized by an advanced practice registered nurse must comply with all applicable state and federal laws; must be signed by the prescriber with the initials “A.P.R.N.” or the designated certification title of the prescriber; and must include the prescriber's identification number assigned by the board or the prescriber’s national provider identifier assigned by the National Provider System pursuant to 45 C. F. R. §162.408.

    (b) Prescriptive authorization shall be terminated if the advanced practice registered nurse has:

    (1) Not maintained current authorization as an advanced practice registered nurse; or

    (2) Prescribed outside the advanced practice registered nurse’s scope of practice or has prescribed drugs for other than therapeutic purposes; or

    (3) Has not filed verification of a collaborative agreement with the board.

    (c) Prescriptive authority for an advanced practice registered nurse must be renewed biennially. Documentation of eight contact hours of pharmacology during the previous two years must be submitted at the time of renewal.

    (d) The board shall notify the Board of Pharmacy, the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine within twenty-four hours after termination of, or change in, an advanced practice registered nurse’s prescriptive authority.

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