1997 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Senator(s) Gollott
Senate Bill 2229
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 73-15-21, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PRESCRIBE EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR A LICENSE AS A PRACTICAL NURSE BASED UPON RECIPROCITY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 73-15-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
73-15-21. (1) Licensed practical nurse applicant qualifications. Any applicant for a license to practice practical nursing as a licensed practical nurse shall submit to the board:
(a) An attested written application on a Board of Nursing form;
(b) A diploma from an approved high school or the equivalent thereof, as determined by the appropriate educational agency;
(c) Written official evidence of completion of a practical nursing program approved by the State Department of Education through its Division of Vocational Education, or one approved by a legal accrediting agency of another state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country which is satisfactory to this board. The requirements of this paragraph (c) shall be satisfied by any individual who, prior to July 1, 1996, has obtained a license as a practical nurse from another state, has twenty (20) years' experience as a medic in the Air Force, and has obtained an associate degree as a medical assistant from an accredited community college affiliated with the United Stated Air Force;
(d) Evidence of competence in English related to nursing, provided the first language is not English;
(e) Any other official records required by the board.
The board may, in its discretion, refuse to accept the application of any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense under any provision of Title 97 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as now or hereafter amended, or any provision of this chapter.
(2) Licensure by examination.
(a) Upon the board being satisfied that an applicant for a license as a practical nurse has met the qualifications set forth in subsection (1) of this section, the board shall proceed to examine such applicant in such subjects as the board shall, in its discretion, determine. The subjects in which applicants shall be examined shall be in conformity with curricula in schools of practical nursing approved by the State Department of Education.
(b) The applicant shall be required to pass the written examination selected by the board.
(c) Upon successful completion of such examination, the board shall issue to the applicant a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse.
(d) The board may use any part or all of the State Board Test Pool Examination for practical nurse licensure, its successor examination, or any other nationally standardized examination identified by the board in its rules. The passing score shall be established by the board in its rules.
(3) Licensure by endorsement. The board may issue a license to practice practical nursing as a licensed practical nurse without examination to an applicant who has been duly licensed as a licensed practical nurse under the laws of another state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country if, in the opinion of the board, the applicant meets the qualifications required of licensed practical nurses in this state and has previously achieved the passing score or scores on the licensing examination required by this state at the time of his or her graduation.
(4) Licensure by equivalent amount of theory and clinical experience. In the discretion of the board, former students of a state accredited school preparing students to become registered nurses may be granted permission to take the examination for licensure to practice as a licensed practical nurse, provided the applicant's record or transcript indicates the former student completed an equivalent amount of theory and clinical experience as required of a graduate of a practical nursing program, and provided the school attended was, at the time of the student's attendance, an accredited school of nursing.
(5) Requirements for rewriting the examination. The board shall establish in its rules the requirements for rewriting the examination for those persons failing the examination on the first writing or subsequent writing.
(6) Fee. The applicant applying for a license by examination or by endorsement to practice as a licensed practical nurse shall pay a fee not to exceed Sixty Dollars ($60.00) to the board.
(7) Temporary permit.
(a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice practical nursing to a graduate of an approved school of practical nursing pending the results of the examination in Mississippi, and to a qualified applicant from another state, territory or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, pending licensing procedures as provided for elsewhere in this chapter. The fee shall not exceed Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00).
(b) The board may issue a temporary permit for a period of ninety (90) days to a licensed practical nurse who is currently licensed in another state, territory or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia and who is an applicant for licensure by endorsement. Such permit is not renewable except by board action.
(c) The board may issue a temporary permit to a graduate of an approved practical nursing education program or an equivalent program satisfactory to the board pending the results of the first licensing examination scheduled after application. Such permit is not renewable except by board action.
(d) The board may issue a temporary permit for a period of thirty (30) days to any licensed practical nurse during the time enrolled in a nursing reorientation program. This time period may be extended by board action. The fee shall not exceed Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00).
(e) The board may adopt such regulations as are necessary to limit the practice of persons to whom temporary permits are issued.
(8) Title and abbreviation. Any person who holds a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse in this state shall have the right to use the title "licensed practical nurse" and the abbreviation "L.P.N." No other person shall assume such title or use such abbreviation, or any words, letters, signs or devices to indicate that a person using the same is a licensed practical nurse.
(9) Licensed practical nurses licensed under a previous law. Any person holding a license to practice nursing as a practical nurse issued by this board which is valid on July 1, 1981, shall thereafter be deemed to be licensed as a practical nurse under the provisions of this chapter upon payment of the fee prescribed in Section 73-15-27.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.