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A.B. 2183 - Nursing Credentialing Issues

05/05/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D)

Summary: Current version (4/22/2014): Stipulates that the Board of Registered Nursing is to adopt specific criteria for determining the equivalency of course instruction when assessing the qualifications of an applicant who is already licensed or registered as a nurse outside of California and who is filing for licensure by endorsement. Specifies that in adopting that criteria, the Board shall place primary emphasis on applicants who possess licensed clinical experience.

Stipulates that the Board shall prescribe, by regulation, the education for which credit is to be given and the amount of credit that is to be given for each type of education, including clinical or theoretical knowledge acquired through any prior professional experience. Provides that in developing these regulations, the Board is also to consider any relevant military education or experience, as well as any education or experience obtained while licensed in any other health care field. Requires that the Board is not delegate the authority to prescribe these regulations to any approved school of nursing

Current version (4/22/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2151-2200/ab_2183_bill_20140429_amended_asm_v97.pdf

Amended version (4/7/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2151-2200/ab_2183_bill_20140407_amended_asm_v98.pdf

Introduced version: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2151-2200/ab_2183_bill_20140220_introduced.pdf

Status: Introduced 2/20/2014. Amended by author; referred to Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection 4/7/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection as amended; referred to the Committee on Appropriations 4/22/2014. Hearing scheduled 5/7/2014.

Outlook: The hearing will be open to the public. Public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the scheduled hearing. A vote may be taken at the discretion of the committee chair.

This measure passed the Committee on Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, 9-1-4, and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations. During the hearing the Committee adopted an amendment, which requires the Board of Registered Nursing to include in those regulations clinical or theoretical knowledge acquired through any prior professional experience. The Association of California Healthcare Districts and Excelsior College support this measure. The California Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association/California oppose this measure.

The April 7 amendment removes this measure's previous provisions regarding the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians membership and now requires the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to adopt specific criteria for determining the equivalency of course of instruction when assessing the qualifications of an out-of-state applicant who is filing for licensure by endorsement.

According to the author, "[Existing law] grants [BRN] the authority to grant a license by 'endorsement'. [BRN] maintains the discretion to grant a license to an applicant who completed a course of instruction in a school of nursing outside of this state which is equivalent to the minimum requirements of the board for licensure. The statute gives discretion to [BRN] to make this determination 'in the opinion of the board at the time the application is filed'.

The author elaborates that "The problem is that it is unclear to applicants who have not received a response from the BRN about their application, what the reason is for BRN to not respond to the application or to not grant the application. This bill will provide individuals seeking RN licensure in California with the necessary information as to how the BRN determines whether to approve or deny an application for licensure so that the individual may prepare accordingly and ensure that they meet the necessary requirements to practice in California."

The author is a member of the majority party. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.

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