Advisory Group on Dialysis Meeting Changes

The Dialysis Advisory Group has rescheduled its June and October 2016 meetings. The new meeting dates are now Thursday June 9 and Thursday October 6, 2016.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator is now available, allowing consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications on Saturday, April 30, 2016. On this day from 10 AM to 2 PM, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be available across the country, and consumers are encouraged to use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded medications, including prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications, which can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present.

The take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, DEA reminds consumers. Participating sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into bins provided at the locations. Check the DEA collection site locator often, as new locations will be added until April 30, 2016.

Click Here for the Collection Site Locator


Ohio's New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain Expand Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team has developed - in conjunction with clinical professional associations, healthcare providers, licensing boards and state agencies - new prescribing guidelines for the treatment of acute pain. Click on the links below to learn more about these guidelines, and how you can help prevent opioid addiction.

Click Here for Acute Opioid Prescribing News Release


Click Here for Acute Opioid Prescribing Web Infographic


Click Here for Prescription Pain Medication Overdose Info Sheet


ALERT: NEW END DATE FOR NURSE LICENSE RENEWAL
STARTING IN 2016

The Board successfully sought a statutory amendment to change the ending date of licensure renewal for nurses in order to obtain the new Ohio eLicense system that the state is implementing for various professional licensing boards in 2016. HB 188 was passed and signed by the Governor, changing the ending date of renewals from August 31 to October 31.

By moving this end date, the Board will be able to accommodate the state’s implementation timeline for the new system and provide LPNs an extended time period of four months to renew their license (July 1 to October 31). The Board avoided another year on the outdated system by upgrading to the new state eLicense system as soon as possible.

The following begins this year and continues for all nurse license renewals for future years. In 2016, only LPNs are renewing. (For 2017 these changes impact RN, COA, and CTP renewals.)

For LPNs, the expiration date of August 31, 2016 will be changed to October 31, 2016 on the Ohio eLicense Center. A similar change will be made next year for RNs, COAs, and CTPs. LPNs will continue to renew in even numbered years and RNs, COAs and CTPs in odd numbered years.

There are no changes to the continuing education (CE) requirements. As applicable, you need to complete the CE requirements no later than October 31 of your renewal year.

The Board has received assurances that the new system, eLicense 3.0, will accommodate the large volume of renewals and avoid the disruptions and challenges previously encountered by nurses and Board staff. In 2015 the Nursing Board renewed over 190,000 licenses and certificates during a four-month period. That is in addition to the work performed by licensure staff, who in the same time period processed approximately 15,000 applications for new graduates seeking initial licensure. We are by far the highest volume professional licensing board in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation.

The Board continues to be committed to providing the best customer service possible for licensees and the public, and will distribute information and details about these changes in Momentum, on the Board website, and through social media. On the Board website - click on “Subscribe to eNews, Facebook, and Twitter” to sign up to receive Board updates.


NCSBN Offers Helpful Resources During Social Media Month

NCSBN has designated February as Social Media Month. Nurses need to be aware of the potential ramifications of disclosing patient-related information. You are invited to use and share these resources:

Take A Quiz - Nursing and Social Media Quiz

Watch A Video - Social Media Guidelines for Nurses

Order Free Printed NCSBN Resources - A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media, Social Media in Nursing: Understand the Benefits and the Risks, Common Myths and Misunderstandings of Social Media


Board of Pharmacy Announces New Website for Prescription Monitoring Program
Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System Website Gets an Updated Look and New Features

October 14, 2015 - Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the launch of its redesigned website for the state’s prescription monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). A fresh design, new features and improved navigation offers visitors to oarrs.pharmacy.ohio.gov a better user experience.

The website is more user-friendly, with content that helps OARRS account holders maximize the information contained in the system. This includes an updated frequently asked questions section, guidance documents and three new training videos that take users through the process of registering for an account, running a patient report and reviewing the information contained within an OARRS report. Additionally, the site contains a new statistics feature that allows anyone to create custom county reports and view maps based on aggregate data collected in OARRS.

"OARRS has become an essential tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse and we felt a new website was needed to improve functionality and the overall user experience," said Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., Executive Director. "The improved website reflects the Board’s commitment to making OARRS one of the best prescription monitoring programs in the country."

Established in 2006, OARRS is the only statewide database that collects information on all prescriptions for controlled substances that are dispensed by pharmacies and personally furnished by licensed prescribers in Ohio. OARRS data is available to prescribers when they treat patients, pharmacists when presented with prescriptions from patients and law enforcement officers only during active investigations. For more information on OARRS, please visit: oarrs.pharmacy.ohio.gov


SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority

SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority SB 110, passed by the 131st General Assembly, authorizes CTP holders to delegate non-controlled drug administration under specified circumstances to unlicensed persons. Please click on the links below to access the statute and the Legislative Services Commission (LSC) Analysis for further details.

Effective October 15, 2015, APRNs holding prescriptive authority are authorized to delegate medication administration as specified in Sections 4723.48(C) and 4723.489, Ohio Revised Code (ORC). In doing so, APRNs must comply with standards of safe practice, including delegation, set forth in the law and rules, including Chapter 4723-13, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Please be aware that the new authorization in ORC Section 4723.48(C) supersedes rule language currently found in Chapter 4723-13, OAC, with respect to APRN prescribers, which previously limited the types of medication that could be delegated to an unlicensed person.

SB 110 authorizes the Board to adopt rules establishing standards and procedures for APRN delegation. The Board will convene a Board Committee on Practice meeting on January 20, 2016 at noon at the Board office to gather public input regarding the need for administrative rules.

If you have questions, please email practice@nursing.ohio.gov. To access the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code, CLICK HERE.

Click Here for SB-110 - Summary


Click Here for SB-110 - Documents


 

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