2015 Pre-Legislative Session Report
By Melinda Piller
There is a great deal of mental health related action in 2015 in the legislature. FAMFT is following proposed bills and acting on your behalf to further our professional status. The following bills have been filed on behalf of nurse practitioners who wish to prescribe medications, administer the Baker Act, etc.
NOTE: HB 547 is probably 100 pages. This bill affects a huge number of statutes, including 491. I have copied the two sections that are included in the bill.
SB 614: Drug Prescription by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants (FS 491 is NOT included in this bill)
HB 335: Health Care Practitioners (FS 491 is NOT included in this bill)
HB 547: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: GENERAL BILL by Pigman
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses; Redesignates ARNPs as advanced registered practice nurses (APRNs); provides for independent APRNs (IAPRNs) to practice advanced or specialized nursing; exempts IAPRNs from
requirement that certain medical acts be supervised by physician; revises APRN certification requirements; authorizes APRNs to administer, dispense, & prescribe
medicinal drugs pursuant to protocol; provides for registration of IAPRNs who meet certain requirements; specifies acts that IAPRNs are authorized to perform without physician supervision or protocol; provides for eligibility of IAPRNs for clinical privileges; requires IAPRNs to maintain medical malpractice insurance or provide proof of financial responsibility.