2011 -- S 0656 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - NURSES
Introduced By: Senators Doyle, Tassoni, Gallo, Ruggerio, and Ciccone
Date Introduced: March 10, 2011
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 5-34 of the General Laws entitled "Nurses" is hereby amended by
adding thereto the following section:
5-34-43. Criminal records review. – (a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the
contrary contained in any general or public law, rule or regulation, any person seeking a license to
practice under this chapter, or who is previously licensed and authorized to practice under this
chapter and is seeking employment, shall undergo a federal and statewide criminal background
check (BCI), which shall be processed prior to receiving a license to practice or to enter into
(b) The applicant shall apply to the bureau of criminal identification for a national
criminal records check that shall include fingerprints submitted to the federal bureau of
investigation. Upon the discovery of any disqualifying information, the bureau of criminal
identification will inform the applicant in writing of the nature of the disqualifying information;
and, without disclosing the nature of the disqualifying information, will notify the licensing
agency or the potential employer in writing that disqualifying information has been discovered.
(c) The applicant against whom disqualifying information has been found, may request
that a copy of the criminal background report be sent to the licensing agency or the potential
employer. The licensing agency or the potential employer shall make a judgment regarding the
issuing of a license.
(d) In those situations in which no disqualifying information has been found, the bureau
of criminal identification shall inform the applicant and the licensing agency or the potential
employer in writing of this fact.
(e) It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to pay for the criminal records check.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.