NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Ohio Board of Nursing (Board), pursuant to Chapter 119, Ohio Revised Code, hereby gives notice that it will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering the amendment of a rule.

The public hearing will be conducted on Thursday November 20, 2014 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Board, located at 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH, 43215 and continue until all parties in attendance have had an opportunity to be heard.

Oral or written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed action.

Complete Hearing Notice #1: Click Here to View

Complete Hearing Notice #2: Click Here to View

Click Here to View the Proposed Rules on the Register of Ohio web site.


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:


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.


November 2014 Board Meeting

The November 2014Ohio Board of Nursing will be held at 17 South High St. Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215, However start times will differ from those in the past:

November 20, 2014 – Board meeting at 8:30 a.m. (1:00 p.m. Public Rules Hearing)

November 21, 2014- Board meeting beginning 10:30 a.m.


Ohio Board of Nursing Advisory Group Appointments for 2015

The Ohio Board of Nursing (Board) will appoint members to the 2015 Advisory Groups during the November 2014 Board meeting.  If you are interested, please complete the application on the web site and return it to the Board office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2014.

The open positions for the 2015 Advisory Groups are as follows:

PDF DownloadClick Here for General Information about the Advisory Groups and these 2015 Openings

Adobe Acrobat File Click Here for the 2015 Advisory Group Application


ALERT:  CTP Number is Required on All Prescriptions

All CTP holders are reminded that Rule 4723-9-09(I), Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), states:

A nurse holding a current valid certificate to prescribe shall satisfy all requirements for prescribing set forth in rule 4723-5-30 of the Administrative code, and shall include the nurse’s prescriber number on each prescription.” [emphasis added]

You are required to include your prescriber number on every prescription you issue.  In addition you must satisfy all other requirements for prescribing set forth in Pharmacy Board Rule 4729-5-30, OAC, Manner of Issuance of a Prescription.  The Board of Nursing may discipline the license of any nurse for violating the Nurse Practice Act and any rules adopted under it.  This includes a nurse issuing a prescription without the CTP number.

Chapter 4723-9, OAC, Prescriptive Authority, is available for review on the Board’s website, under the “Law and Rules" link.

Rule 4729-5-30, OAC, and all other Pharmacy Board regulations can be located on the Pharmacy Board website: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov


JOINT REGULATORY STATEMENT: Prescription of Naloxone to High-Risk Individuals
Updated September 2014

The Nursing, Medical, and Pharmacy Boards originally issued a joint policy regulatory statement in April 2013 endorsing the prescription of naloxone (Narcan™) to those individuals at high-risk for opioid drug overdose. The purpose of the statement is to promote wider utilization of naloxone for high-risk individuals by educating prescribers on the proper use of naloxone.

The Boards updated their joint policy statement in September 2014 to reflect changes in House Bill 170, effective March 11, 2014. Ohio law now permits  authorized prescribers, including APRN prescribers, to "personally furnish" or issue a prescription for naloxone to a friend, family member, or other individual in a position to provide assistance to an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose. In addition, the law grants a health care professional who in good faith personally furnishes or issues a prescription for naloxone, immunity from criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action for the actions or omissions of the individual to whom the drug is furnished or prescription is issued. To learn more about the benefits of naloxone and its proper use, please see the following link to the updated joint regulatory statement.

Click Here for the 2014 Naloxone Statement


Ohio House Bill 314: Prescribing Opioids to Minors
Effective September 17, 2014

Effective September 17, 2014, HB 314 requires all authorized prescribers to obtain and document informed consent when prescribing a controlled substance containing opioids to a minor, unless the prescribing is done in response to a medical emergency or meets other specific circumstances set forth in statute. Thank you to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy for providing and allowing the Nursing Board to use their document as a basis for this advisory. Click here to download the advisory.


APRN Prescriber Alert: Prepare for Change

Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) Classified as Schedule II Controlled Substances
Effective October 6, 2014

Effective October 6, 2014, all hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) will be classified as schedule II controlled substances pursuant to a rule adopted by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). For specific guidance in prescribing and complying with this new regulation, click on the link to review the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy’s guidance document, http://www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/hydrocodone.


Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor, is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Governor John Kasich is committed to addressing this problem and the Ohio Board of Nursing is joining in the fight against human trafficking.

Nurses and other health care providers are often the only professionals able to interact with trafficking victims.  The Ohio Board of Nursing encourages you to be an informed, aware and contributing member of the nursing community with respect to understanding human trafficking issues.  The Board urges you to visit the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force website where you will find links to more information, including helpful resources such as Awareness Campaign Materials and a Human Trafficking Toolkit. The Board will also maintain a human trafficking page on its website to post additional information and updates.

Ohio’s School Nurses have a unique opportunity to prevent trafficking and identify school aged youth who may be trafficked or in other abusive situations. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) developed a School Nurse Human Trafficking Protocol to assist with recognizing specific signs and indicators, and to provide basic screening questions and information regarding making appropriate community referrals. To review the School Nurse Human Trafficking Protocol and for other education resources, visit the ODH web page devoted to these topics.

For additional information on human trafficking, please contact Elizabeth Ranade Janis, Anti-Trafficking Coordinator within the Ohio Department of Public Safety, at eiranade-janis@dps.state.oh.us.


Start Talking! – Ohio Launches New Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative

Governor John Kasich and Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich launched a statewide initiative aimed at preventing drug abuse among Ohio’s youth. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

The Start Talking! Website, www.starttalking.ohio.gov, features information, tools, TEACHable Moments for the classroom, a program pairing student athletes and law enforcement officials, and an opportunity for schools and communities to get help building youth resiliency through evidence-based programs.


NCLEX Testing

The 2014 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin is now available! This document is created specifically for NCLEX candidates, and provides information about the NCLEX registration process, from the scheduling of an appointment to the receipt of exam results.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors voted to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination to -0.21 logits beginning April 1, 2014. The new passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2017. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

Starting January 2014 the NCLEX program will “go green” and transition to a paperless program. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

The 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan will go into effect April 1, 2014, and can be found on the current NCLEX Test Plans page of the NCSBN website. The 2014 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test offers a comprehensive listing of content for each client needs category and subcategory and exists in a candidate version and an item writer/item reviewer/nurse educator version. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.

The process of taking the NCLEX exam can be broken down into eight steps. These steps cover registration and scheduling, eligibility, identification requirements, and results processing. Click on the Licensure and Renewal page for more information.


Licensure Information for Military and Veterans Page

If you or your spouse is a current or retired member of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, information is now available to help you in obtaining licensure or certification by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The new site page can be found in the primary navigation bar on the left-hand portion of the Board's web page, or simply CLICK HERE.


Important OARRS Registration Information for CTP Holders

It is important that all Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) holders register for OARRS (Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System) to be in compliance with the legal requirements for the use of OARRS. Rule 4723-9-12, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), requires that under certain circumstances APRN prescribers use the OARRS information in their practice when prescribing controlled substances or tramadol. You can access Rule 4723-9-12, OAC, “Standards And Procedures For Review of OARRS,” via the link below.

To register for OARRS and to obtain additional information about OARRS, go to https://www.ohiopmp.gov/Portal/Brochure.pdf. The Board encourages you to register immediately so you are in compliance with this legal requirement.

Click Here to View Chapter 4723-9-12, OAC on the Lawriter Website

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