Chapter 212
2019 -- S 0298
Enacted 07/15/2019

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Senator Joshua Miller
Date Introduced: February 13, 2019

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Section 5-34.2-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-34.2 entitled "Nurse
Anesthetists" is hereby amended to read as follows:
     5-34.2-3. Requirements for licensure of the nurse anesthetist.
     Requirements for licensure as a nurse anesthetist shall consist of the following:
     (1) Current licensure as a professional registered nurse in the state; and
     (2) Graduation from an educational program accredited by the council on accreditation of
nurse anesthesia educational programs or its predecessors or successors, and which has as its
objective preparation of nurses to practice nurse anesthesia; and
     (3) Initial certification by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists council on
certification of nurse anesthetists and recertification, as applicable by the American Association
of Nurse Anesthetists council on recertification of nurse anesthetists or their predecessors or
     (4) [Deleted by P.L. 2013, ch. 83, § 4 and P.L. 2013, ch. 93, § 4].
     (5) The requirements stated in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this section do not apply to a
professional registered nurse who practices nursing in accordance with the provisions of the
Nurse Practice Act, chapter 34 of this title, and who is enrolled as a bona fide student in an
accredited nurse anesthesia program providing nurse anesthesia under the supervision of a
certified registered nurse anesthetist and or anesthesiologist.
     (6) Beginning July 21, 1992, all nurse anesthetists shall be afforded the same period of
time to become licensed. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, no person practicing as a
nurse anesthetist in Rhode Island on July 1, 1991, shall be required to obtain proper certification
under this chapter. However, as required by subdivision (3) of this section, persons who become
certified under this section shall become recertified as applicable.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.