_________ Bill No. _______

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________



A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act adding a member who is an advanced practice registered nurse to the board of nursing; amending section

2-15-1844, MCA; and providing an immediate effective date."



Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:



Section 1.  Section 2-15-1844, MCA, is amended to read:

"2-15-1844.   Board of nursing. (1) There is a board of nursing.

(2)  The board consists of nine ten members appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. The members are:

(a)  four registered professional nurses; at. At least one such member shall must have had at least 5 years in administrative, teaching, or supervisory experience in one or more schools of nursing and; at least one such member must be currently engaged in the administration, supervision, or provision of direct client care; and one member must be an advanced practice registered nurse, as defined in 37-8-102, and must be currently engaged in the administration, supervision, or provision of direct client care. Each member shall must:

(i)  be a graduate of an approved school of nursing;

(ii) be a licensed registered professional nurse in this state;

(iii) have had at least 5 years' experience in nursing following graduation; and

(iv) be currently engaged in the practice of professional nursing and have practiced for at least 5 years.

(b)  three practical nurses. Each shall member must:

(i)  be a graduate of a school of practical nursing;

(ii) be a licensed practical nurse in this state;

(iii) have had at least 5 years' experience as a practical nurse; and

(iv) be currently engaged in the practice of practical nursing and have practiced for at least 5 years.

(c)  two public members who are not medical practitioners, involved in the practice of nursing or employment of nursing, or administrators of Montana health care facilities.

(3)  All members shall must have been residents of this state for at least 1 year before appointment and be citizens of the United States.

(4)  All members shall serve staggered 4-year terms, and a member may not be appointed for more than two consecutive terms. The governor may remove a member from the board for neglect of a duty required by law or for incompetency or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct.

(5)  The board is allocated to the department for administrative purposes only as prescribed in 2-15-121."



NEW SECTION. Section 2.  Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.

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