§ 5-34-40 Advanced practice nurse advisory committee. (a) The nine (9) member committee consists of two (2) certified registered nurse practitioners, two (2) certified registered nurse anesthetists, two (2) psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialists, one physician and two (2) consumers. The director of health shall appoint the committee. In making appointments to the committee, the director shall consider persons recommended by professional nurse organizations and professional medical associations. The professional members of the committee shall be currently engaged in practice. The consumer members shall be: (1) knowledgeable in consumer health concerns; (2) a resident of the state; (3) not licensed as a health care practitioner; (4) not a parent, spouse, sibling, or child of a person licensed as a health care practitioner, and not a student in a professional program; (5) not having a direct financial interest in health care services; (6) not a member or an employee of any board of control of any public or private health care service.
(b) Each member appointment shall be for three (3) years, with no member serving more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms except that in making the initial appointments the director designates: four (4) members for a term of two (2) years; three (3) members for a term of three (3) years; and the consumer members for three (3) year terms.
(c) This committee must meet not fewer than two (2) times per year. The committee has the following functions:
(1) To assess advanced nursing practice for the purpose of improving patient care.
(2) To review all complaints regarding advanced practice nurses, and recommend any and all disciplinary or corrective action that they deem appropriate, including revocation and suspension of license, upon proof that an advanced practice nurse has:
(A) Aided or abetted an uncertified person to practice as an advanced practice nurse;
(B) Become addicted to the use of liquor or controlled substances;
(C) Negligently, willfully, or intentionally acted in a manner inconsistent with the health and safety of persons entrusted to his or her care;
(D) Had his or her authorization to practice as an advanced practice nurse denied, revoked or suspended in another state;
(E) Engaged in the performance of medical functions beyond the scope of practice authorized by the provisions of this chapter;
(F) Willfully failed to file or record medical records and reports;
(G) Mental incompetence; or
(H) Willfully failed to maintain standards established by the nursing profession.
(ii) The recommendation shall be submitted to the board of nursing for implementation.
(3) To advise periodically to the board of nurse registration
and nursing education regarding advanced nurse practice.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 162, § 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 125, § 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 138, § 2; P.L. 2004, ch. 151, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 164, § 1.)