Nurse Education Grant Program: Proposals for Funding September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017
The Board is soliciting proposals for the Nurse Education Grant Program for the September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017 grant cycle. Complete application packets including all supporting documentation, and the correct number of copies (including a packet containing original signatures) must be received at the Board office by 5:00 p.m., on Friday June 5, 2015. Mailed or shipped material that arrives after this date and time will not be accepted. Should you have questions, please contact the NEGP Administrator by email at NEGP@nursing.ohio.gov. Application packets can be downloaded from the NEGP page.
Nursing Education Program Completion Letters
The Ohio Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Board will accept Program Completion Letters by email as of February 1, 2015.
The process was successfully piloted with several education programs during December and early January, and we are pleased to now make this available for all education programs.
Attached, for your reference, is a document that provides guidance for the email submission of Completion Letters. Also attached are new sample Program Completion Letters. These documents can be found on the Board web site. Click on Education Programs or Licensure and Renewal to locate these documents.
As of March 30, 2015, the Board will require that education programs email all Completion Letters to the Board. We are pleased to implement this new electronic process for greater ease and efficiency.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HB 341: OARRS Registration Requirements
Legislative initiatives of 2014 and Ohio Administrative Code rule changes continue to target prescribing of opioids, benzodiazepines and other drugs that can be dangerous when misused or abused. The Board established a link on the front page of its website, “Prescriptive Authority Resources” at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/Practice.htm#CTP, to provide faster access to resources supporting prescriber awareness and education.
The Board wants to remind prescribers of the following:
- HB 341 imposes new legal requirements for CTP holders. CTP holders who hold appropriate DEA certification and prescribe opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines are required to be registered with OARRS not later than January 1, 2015. To register for OARRS, go to http://www.ohiopmp.gov.
- Beginning April 1, 2015, the prescriber, before initially prescribing or personally furnishing an opioid analgesic or a benzodiazepine, must request patient information from OARRS that covers at least the previous 12 months, and make periodic requests for patient information from OARRS if the course of treatment continues for more than 90 days.
- Exceptions to the requirement to check OARRS under these circumstances include drugs prescribed when: (1) A drug database report regarding the patient is not available, in which case the nurse shall document in the patient's record the reason that the report is not available; (2) The drug is prescribed in an amount indicated for a period not to exceed seven days; (3) The drug is prescribed for the treatment of cancer or another condition associated with cancer; (4) The drug is prescribed to a hospice patient in a hospice care program, as those terms are defined in section 3712.01 of the Revised Code, or any other patient diagnosed as terminally ill; (5) The drug is prescribed for administration in a hospital, nursing home, or residential care facility. The law further requires the Nursing Board to verify that licensees prescribing in this manner are registered and using OARRS appropriately.
For more information about OARRS and HB 341 requirements please click on the following link to review the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy’s FAQs: Click Here.
Information Regarding Ebola
The Ohio Board of Nursing is committed to providing the public, including health care providers, with information about Ebola. Having accurate information is important for optimal care of patients, for nurse safety in managing this infectious disease, and public protection.
The Ohio Department of Health has set up a 24/7 call line for the public, staffed by registered nurses: 866-800-1404.
Links to important sources of information are listed below:
What You Need to Know about Ebola: Click here to view the Ebola infographic
- Ohio Department of Health: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/dis/orbitdis/ebola/Ebola.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
- Medical Reserve Corps: http://www.ohioresponds.gov/omrc.stm
Nurses are advised to follow the regulatory standards of practice specified in Chapter 4723-4, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Dialysis Technicians, Community Health Workers, and Medication Aides are advised to follow the regulatory standards contained in Chapters 4723-23, 4723-26, and 4723-27, respectively. All licensees are to follow the regulations regarding prevention of disease transmission in Chapter 4723-20, OAC.
To access the OAC Chapters, click on Law and Rules.
Healthcare workers are also encouraged to contact their state and/or federal associations for information.