Board Practice Committee to Continue Discussion of LPN IV Therapy

The Board of Nursing will reconvene its Committee on Practice (Board Committee) Thursday September 17, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. at the Board of Nursing office located at 17 South High Street, Suite 400 in downtown Columbus. This is a public meeting. The Board Committee will continue its discussion of the statute pertaining to LPN IV Therapy. This meeting of the Board Committee will focus on the collection, review, and discussion of the administration of Total Parenteral Nutrition, as well as the administration of medications through Patient Controlled Infusion Devices. The Board Committee invites the submission of published information regarding these IV therapies, and comments with respect to the parameters supporting patient safety and effective nursing care in the provision of these IV therapies.

So that information may be timely processed and reviewed in advance by the Board Committee, the submission of published information and written comments should be received by the Board by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday September 15, 2015.

Information and comments may be submitted by email to: practice@nursing.ohio.gov, or by regular U.S. Mail to: Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South HIgh Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43215. Please use the phrase "Board Committee" in the subject area of the email, or "Attention Board Committee" on the mailing envelope.

The Board Committee was originally convened in March 2014 to discuss the need to clarify the current statute pertaining to LPN IV therapy that is located in Ohio Revised Code Sections 4723.18 and 4723.19.

The Board Committee on Practice is a committee of the Board comprised of Board members that convenes as needed to hear and discuss specific nursing practice concerns and issues. It is a forum through which the Board disseminates specific information and hears information from interested parties and clinicians.


Proposed Rules and CSI Analysis Available

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Sections 107.62 and 121.82 require state agencies, including the Ohio Board of Nursing, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined ORC Section 107.52), and provide opportunity for those persons affected by the rules to provide input.

At this time, the Board welcomes further comment on the following rules that have been forwarded to Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI) for review: The Board proposes to amend, rescind, or file new or no change rules following the five-year rule review for Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 4723-8, Advanced Practice Nurse Certification and Practice; 4723-9, Prescriptive Authority; and 4723-23, Dialysis Technicians. The Board proposes to amend or file new rules for Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 4723-1, Board Organization and Records; 4723-5, Nursing Education Program; 4723-7, Examination and Licensure; 4723-14, Continuing Education; and 4723-16, Hearings to provide updates and technical changes. Attached, please find copies of the proposed rules along with the completed Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Business Impact Analysis filing for each rule package. You may also view these documents online using the links below.

If you wish to provide comment to the Board on any of the proposed rules, please send your comments in writing to the attention of the Ohio Board of Nursing at board@nursing.ohio.gov and also copy the CSI on your e-mail at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov. For purposes of assisting CSI review and in order for the Board to better review and consider any comments, please send your comments by the close of business on Friday, September 4, 2015.

The Board may, if necessary, review these proposed rules again at its September 17-18, 2015 public meeting. The Board anticipates holding a public hearing on the proposed rules at its November 19, 2015 meeting, at which time interested persons will be provided further opportunity to provide comment on the rules to the Board. The anticipated effective date of the rules will be February 1, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact the Board’s Chief Counsel Holly Fischer at hfischer@nursing.ohio.gov.

Click Here for the Business Impact Analysis 2015 - 5 Year Rule Review

Click Here for the CSI Filing 2015 - 5 Year Rule Review

Click Here for the Business Impact Analysis 2015 - Updates and Technical Changes

Click Here for the CSI Filing 2015 - Updates and Technical Changes


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 education@nursing.ohio.gov


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