Ohio Board of Nursing Advisory Group Appointments for 2016

The Ohio Board of Nursing will appoint members to the 2016 Advisory Groups during the November 2015 Board meeting.  If you are interested, please complete the application on the web site and return it to the Board office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015. The open positions for the 2016 Advisory Groups are as follows:

General Information

Advisory Groups are similar to “standing committees.” They meet once or twice a year or more frequently as requested by the Board, to provide advice regarding the regulation of on-going Board programs. Advisory Groups are composed of public members, a Board member who serves as the chairperson, and Board staff.

Members of Advisory Groups are not compensated for their time, but they receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties (Section 4723.02, ORC).

Advisory Groups

As set forth in Section 4723.71 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Dialysis Advisory Group advises the Board regarding the qualifications, standards for training, and competence of dialysis technicians and other matters related to dialysis technicians. Members: four dialysis technicians; a registered nurse who regularly performs dialysis and cares for patients who receive dialysis; a physician, recommended by the state medical board, who specializes in nephrology; an administrator of a dialysis center; a dialysis patient; a representative of the association for hospitals and health systems (OHA); a representative from the end-stage renal disease network.

Nursing Education
The purpose of the Nursing Education Advisory Group is to discuss issues related to nursing education programs; provide comment and review on proposed revisions for statute and rules relating to nursing education. Members include representatives of nursing education, a consumer, and employers of nursing.

Continuing Education
The purpose of this Advisory Group is to provide structure and systems to effectively monitor processes of the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) Approvers; provide comment and review on proposed revisions for the Nurse Practice Act and the administrative rules relating to continuing education; review findings of Board staff related to initial and re-approval applications of OBN approvers; and address significant issues related to continuing education. Members are OBN Continuing Education Approvers, four continuing education providers, and one member actively involved with a national accreditation system for nursing continuing education.

Committee on Prescriptive Governance
There are no openings for the Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG). Members of the CPG are appointed at various times of the year as terms end. The application process is similar as described above and information is posted on the Board’s web site as positions become open.

Members, appointment of members, terms, and charge/purpose are set forth in Sections 4723.49, 4723.491, and 4723.492 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). Members include a clinical nurse specialist; a certified nurse-midwife; a certified nurse practitioner; a member of the Board of Nursing who is, at a minimum, a registered nurse; four physicians who meet the qualifications for appointment as specified in the ORC; a pharmacist member of the State Board of Pharmacy; and a pharmacist actively engaged in practice in Ohio as a clinical pharmacist. The Committee develops recommendations regarding the authority to prescribe drugs and therapeutic devices pursuant to a certificate to prescribe.

Click Here for the 2016 Application for an Advisory Group Appointment

SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority

SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority SB 110, passed by the 131st General Assembly, authorizes CTP holders to delegate non-controlled drug administration under specified circumstances to unlicensed persons. Please click on the links below to access the statute and the Legislative Services Commission (LSC) Analysis for further details.

Effective October 15, 2015, APRNs holding prescriptive authority are authorized to delegate medication administration as specified in Sections 4723.48(C) and 4723.489, Ohio Revised Code (ORC). In doing so, APRNs must comply with standards of safe practice, including delegation, set forth in the law and rules, including Chapter 4723-13, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Please be aware that the new authorization in ORC Section 4723.48(C) supersedes rule language currently found in Chapter 4723-13, OAC, with respect to APRN prescribers, which previously limited the types of medication that could be delegated to an unlicensed person.

SB 110 authorizes the Board to adopt rules establishing standards and procedures for APRN delegation. The Board will convene a Board Committee on Practice meeting on January 20, 2016 at noon at the Board office to gather public input regarding the need for administrative rules.

If you have questions, please email practice@nursing.ohio.gov. To access the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code, CLICK HERE.

Click Here for SB-110 - Summary

Click Here for SB-110 - Documents

CTP-E: Online Instruction as Part of Required Coursework

HB 64, the budget bill, included an amendment modifying the structure of the course in advanced pharmacology and related topics that an APRN must complete to obtain a certificate to prescribe. It eliminates a provision specifying that the course must consist of “planned classroom and clinical instruction,” thus enabling instruction to be online if that is preferred. This amendment becomes law on September 29, 2015.

If you have questions about these law changes, please email aprn@nursing.ohio.gov. To access the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code, CLICK HERE.

CDC Sponsored Webinar: The Role of Clinicians in Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

The nonmedical use of prescription opioids and the use of the illicit opioid heroin are intertwined with one another and cause significant morbidity and mortality in the United States. During this webinar, participants will learn about the drivers of the increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality and steps clinicians can take to help reverse concerning trends. Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time).

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Committee on Prescriptive Governance Request for Comment on Draft Formulary Format

At its October 19, 2015 meeting, the Board of Nursing (Board)'s Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG) will review and consider revisions to the format of its Formulary for CTP Holders. In preparation of its meeting the attached DRAFT FORMULARY (NOT FOR USE) format and its companion DRAFT UTILIZING THE FORMULARY (NOT FOR USE), has been prepared and is being disseminated for public review and comment. To enable timely processing of comments for inclusion in the CPG materials, please submit written comments by 5:00 p.m. Friday October 2, 2015. Comments are to be sent by email (preferred) to practice@nursing.ohio.gov. Please include "CPG" in the subject line of the email. Comments may also be sent to Ohio Board of Nursing, Attention: CPG at 17 South HIgh Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43215, or by fax to Attention CPG: 614 995-3683.

The CPG meeting is scheduled to convene at 10:00 a.m. Monday October 19, 2015 at the Board of Nursing office located at 17 South High Street, Suite 400, in downtown Columbus.

The CPG is a multi-disciplinary committee established by Section 4723.49, Ohio Revised Code, composed of members of the Nursing, Medical and Pharmacy Boards, APRNs with prescriptive authority, physicians who collaborate with APRNs and a clinical pharmacist. The CPG routinely meets three times each year to develop recommendations regarding the authority of APRN CTP holders to prescribe drugs and therapeutic devices.

Click Here to View the DRAFT "FORMULARY (NOT FOR USE)"

Proposed Rules and CSI Analysis Available

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Sections 107.62 and 121.82 require state agencies, including the Ohio Board of Nursing, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined ORC Section 107.52), and provide opportunity for those persons affected by the rules to provide input.

At this time, the Board welcomes further comment on the following rules that have been forwarded to Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI) for review: The Board proposes to amend, rescind, or file new or no change rules following the five-year rule review for Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 4723-8, Advanced Practice Nurse Certification and Practice; 4723-9, Prescriptive Authority; and 4723-23, Dialysis Technicians. The Board proposes to amend or file new rules for Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 4723-1, Board Organization and Records; 4723-5, Nursing Education Program; 4723-7, Examination and Licensure; 4723-14, Continuing Education; and 4723-16, Hearings to provide updates and technical changes. Attached, please find copies of the proposed rules along with the completed Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Business Impact Analysis filing for each rule package. You may also view these documents online using the links below.

If you wish to provide comment to the Board on any of the proposed rules, please send your comments in writing to the attention of the Ohio Board of Nursing at board@nursing.ohio.gov and also copy the CSI on your e-mail at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov. For purposes of assisting CSI review and in order for the Board to better review and consider any comments, please send your comments by the close of business on Friday, September 4, 2015.

The Board may, if necessary, review these proposed rules again at its September 17-18, 2015 public meeting. The Board anticipates holding a public hearing on the proposed rules at its November 19, 2015 meeting, at which time interested persons will be provided further opportunity to provide comment on the rules to the Board. The anticipated effective date of the rules will be February 1, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact the Board’s Chief Counsel Holly Fischer at hfischer@nursing.ohio.gov.

Click Here for the Business Impact Analysis 2015 - 5 Year Rule Review

Click Here for the CSI Filing 2015 - 5 Year Rule Review

Click Here for the Business Impact Analysis 2015 - Updates and Technical Changes

Click Here for the CSI Filing 2015 - Updates and Technical Changes

Nursing Education Program Completion Letters

The Ohio Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Board will accept Program Completion Letters by email as of February 1, 2015.

The process was successfully piloted with several education programs during December and early January, and we are pleased to now make this available for all education programs.

Attached, for your reference, is a document that provides guidance for the email submission of Completion Letters. Also attached are new sample Program Completion Letters.  These documents can be found on the Board web site. Click on Education Programs or Licensure and Renewal to locate these documents.

As of March 30, 2015, the Board will require that education programs email all Completion Letters to the Board. We are pleased to implement this new electronic process for greater ease and efficiency.

If you have questions, please email education@nursing.ohio.gov

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