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Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians

CALL TO ACTION! MAAPC AND THE BOARD OF NURSING NEED YOUR HELP ASAP!

Posted over 1 year ago by Elaine Crain

SB0385 originally changed the designation of 1 seat on the Board for APRNs to 2 seats. Currently, one seat rotates among CRNAs, NPs, and CNMs. The bill changes one seat to 2 and one to be a permanent NP seat and then one general APRN seat (See below)

8–202. (a)

(1) (2) The Board consists of 13 members. Of the 13 Board members:

  1. (i)  [8] 9 shall be registered nurses;
  2. (ii)  [3] 2 shall be licensed practical nurses; and

(3) (iii) 2 shall be consumers.

Of the [8] 9 registered nurse members:

SENATE BILL 385 
[1] 2 shall be [certified in anadvanced practice [nursing specialty that rotates with each vacancy among the following specialties:

  1. Nurse anesthetist;
  2. Nurse practitioner;
  3. Nurse midwife; and
  4. Nurse psychotherapist] REGISTERED NURSES, OF WHICH 1 SHALL BE A REGISTERED NURSE PRACTITIONER

Easier to read:
[1] 2 shall be advanced practice REGISTERED NURSES, OF WHICH 1 SHALL BE A REGISTERED NURSE PRACTITIONER

This amendments was added:
AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 385: On page 8, in line 9, strike "REGISTERED NURSE PRACTITIONER" and substitute "NURSE ANESTHETIST".

Easier to read:
[1] 2 shall be advanced practice REGISTERED NURSES, OF WHICH 1 SHALL BE A NURSE ANESTHETIST

So here is the argument:
There are 109 Clinical Nurse Specialists, 259 Nurse Midwives, 780 Certified registered Nurse Anesthetists and 5158 Nurse practitioners practicing in Maryland. If Advanced Practice Nurses are to be represented, statistically an NP should hold this position.

The CNS and NMW are in favor of the clean up bill as the Board of Nursing originally presented it.

It is not only impractical for CRNAs to represent all APRNs; it has no logical or mathematical basis.

Please contact the Senators list below and encourage them to adopt SB0305 in its original form or send it back to the Board of Nursing for further review.

If you are in their district, please let them know. Do you know who your senator is? If not visit our legislative website

Visit our legislative website for useful advice for making calls to Senators HERE


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