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SF 3620

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to health occupations; providing for a Nurse Licensure Compact;
providing for appointments; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 148.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [148.2855] NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT.
new text end

new text begin The Nurse Licensure Compact is enacted into law and entered into with all other
jurisdictions legally joining in it, in the form substantially as follows:
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 1
new text end

new text begin FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF PURPOSE
new text end

new text begin (a) The party states find that:
new text end

new text begin (1) the health and safety of the public are affected by the degree of compliance with
and the effectiveness of enforcement activities related to state nurse licensure laws;
new text end

new text begin (2) violations of nurse licensure and other laws regulating the practice of nursing
may result in injury or harm to the public;
new text end

new text begin (3) the expanded mobility of nurses and the use of advanced communication
technologies as part of our nation's health care delivery system require greater coordination
and cooperation among states in the areas of nurse licensure and regulation;
new text end

new text begin (4) new practice modalities and technology make compliance with individual state
nurse licensure laws difficult and complex;
new text end

new text begin (5) the current system of duplicative licensure for nurses practicing in multiple states
is cumbersome and redundant to both nurses and states.
new text end

new text begin (b) The general purposes of the compact are to:
new text end

new text begin (1) facilitate the states' responsibility to protect the public's health and safety;
new text end

new text begin (2) ensure and encourage the cooperation of party states in the areas of nurse
licensure and regulation;
new text end

new text begin (3) facilitate the exchange of information between party states in the areas of nurse
regulation, investigation, and adverse actions;
new text end

new text begin (4) promote compliance with the laws governing the practice of nursing in each
jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin (5) invest all party states with the authority to hold a nurse accountable for meeting
all state practice laws in the state in which the patient is located at the time care is rendered
through the mutual recognition of party state licenses.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 2
new text end

new text begin DEFINITIONS
new text end

new text begin As used in this compact:
new text end

new text begin (a) "Adverse action" means a home or remote state action.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Alternative program" means a voluntary, nondisciplinary monitoring program
approved by a nurse licensing board.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Coordinated licensure information system" means an integrated process for
collecting, storing, and sharing information on nurse licensure and enforcement activities
related to nurse licensure laws, which is administered by a nonprofit organization
composed of and controlled by state nurse licensing boards.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Current significant investigative information" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) investigative information that a licensing board, after a preliminary inquiry that
includes notification and an opportunity for the nurse to respond if required by state law,
has reason to believe is not groundless and, if proved true, would indicate more than a
minor infraction; or
new text end

new text begin (2) investigative information that indicates that the nurse represents an immediate
threat to public health and safety regardless of whether the nurse has been notified and
had an opportunity to respond.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Home state" means the party state which is the nurse's primary state of residence.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Home state action" means any administrative, civil, equitable, or criminal
action permitted by the home state's laws which are imposed on a nurse by the home
state's licensing board or other authority including actions against an individual's license
such as revocation, suspension, probation, or any other action which affects a nurse's
authorization to practice.
new text end

new text begin (g) "Licensing board" means a party state's regulatory body responsible for issuing
nurse licenses.
new text end

new text begin (h) "Multistate licensure privilege" means current, official authority from a
remote state permitting the practice of nursing as either a registered nurse or a licensed
practical/vocational nurse in the party state. All party states have the authority, according
to existing state due process law, to take actions against the nurse's privilege such as
revocation, suspension, probation, or any other action which affects a nurse's authorization
to practice.
new text end

new text begin (i) "Nurse" means a registered nurse or licensed practical/vocational nurse as those
terms are defined by each party's state practice laws.
new text end

new text begin (j) "Party state" means any state that has adopted this compact.
new text end

new text begin (k) "Remote state" means a party state other than the home state:
new text end

new text begin (1) where the patient is located at the time nursing care is provided; or
new text end

new text begin (2) in the case of the practice of nursing not involving a patient, in the party state
where the recipient of nursing practice is located.
new text end

new text begin (l) "Remote state action" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) any administrative, civil, equitable, or criminal action permitted by a remote
state's laws which are imposed on a nurse by the remote state's licensing board or other
authority including actions against an individual's multistate licensure privilege to practice
in the remote state; and
new text end

new text begin (2) cease and desist and other injunctive or equitable orders issued by remote states
or the licensing boards of those states.
new text end

new text begin (m) "State" means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of
Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
new text end

new text begin (n) "State practice laws" means individual party state laws and regulations that
govern the practice of nursing, define the scope of nursing practice, and create the methods
and grounds for imposing discipline. "State practice laws" does not include the initial
qualifications for licensure or requirements necessary to obtain and retain a license, except
for qualifications or requirements of the home state.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 3
new text end

new text begin GENERAL PROVISIONS AND JURISDICTION
new text end

new text begin (a) A license to practice registered nursing issued by a home state to a resident in
that state will be recognized by each party state as authorizing a multistate licensure
privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the party state. A license to practice licensed
practical/vocational nursing issued by a home state to a resident in that state will be
recognized by each party state as authorizing a multistate licensure privilege to practice
as a licensed practical/vocational nurse in the party state. In order to obtain or retain a
license, an applicant must meet the home state's qualifications for licensure and license
renewal as well as all other applicable state laws.
new text end

new text begin (b) Party states may, according to state due process laws, limit or revoke the
multistate licensure privilege of any nurse to practice in their state and may take any other
actions under their applicable state laws necessary to protect the health and safety of
their citizens. If a party state takes such action, it shall promptly notify the administrator
of the coordinated licensure information system. The administrator of the coordinated
licensure information system shall promptly notify the home state of any such actions by
remote states.
new text end

new text begin (c) Every nurse practicing in a party state must comply with the state practice laws of
the state in which the patient is located at the time care is rendered. In addition, the practice
of nursing is not limited to patient care, but shall include all nursing practice as defined by
the state practice laws of the party state. The practice of nursing will subject a nurse to the
jurisdiction of the nurse licensing board, the courts, and the laws in the party state.
new text end

new text begin (d) This compact does not affect additional requirements imposed by states for
advanced practice registered nursing. However, a multistate licensure privilege to practice
registered nursing granted by a party state shall be recognized by other party states as a
license to practice registered nursing if one is required by state law as a precondition for
qualifying for advanced practice registered nurse authorization.
new text end

new text begin (e) Individuals not residing in a party state shall continue to be able to apply for
nurse licensure as provided for under the laws of each party state. However, the license
granted to these individuals will not be recognized as granting the privilege to practice
nursing in any other party state unless explicitly agreed to by that party state.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 4
new text end

new text begin APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE IN A PARTY STATE
new text end

new text begin (a) Upon application for a license, the licensing board in a party state shall ascertain,
through the coordinated licensure information system, whether the applicant has ever held
or is the holder of a license issued by any other state, whether there are any restrictions
on the multistate licensure privilege, and whether any other adverse action by a state
has been taken against the license.
new text end

new text begin (b) A nurse in a party state shall hold licensure in only one party state at a time,
issued by the home state.
new text end

new text begin (c) A nurse who intends to change primary state of residence may apply for licensure
in the new home state in advance of the change. However, new licenses will not be
issued by a party state until after a nurse provides evidence of change in primary state of
residence satisfactory to the new home state's licensing board.
new text end

new text begin (d) When a nurse changes primary state of residence by:
new text end

new text begin (1) moving between two party states, and obtains a license from the new home state,
the license from the former home state is no longer valid;
new text end

new text begin (2) moving from a nonparty state to a party state, and obtains a license from the new
home state, the individual state license issued by the nonparty state is not affected and will
remain in full force if so provided by the laws of the nonparty state;
new text end

new text begin (3) moving from a party state to a nonparty state, the license issued by the prior
home state converts to an individual state license, valid only in the former home state,
without the multistate licensure privilege to practice in other party states.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 5
new text end

new text begin ADVERSE ACTIONS
new text end

new text begin In addition to the general provisions described in article 3, the provisions in this
article apply.
new text end

new text begin (a) The licensing board of a remote state shall promptly report to the administrator
of the coordinated licensure information system any remote state actions including the
factual and legal basis for the action, if known. The licensing board of a remote state shall
also promptly report any significant current investigative information yet to result in a
remote state action. The administrator of the coordinated licensure information system
shall promptly notify the home state of any reports.
new text end

new text begin (b) The licensing board of a party state shall have the authority to complete any
pending investigation for a nurse who changes primary state of residence during the
course of the investigation. The board shall also have the authority to take appropriate
action, and shall promptly report the conclusion of the investigation to the administrator
of the coordinated licensure information system. The administrator of the coordinated
licensure information system shall promptly notify the new home state of any action.
new text end

new text begin (c) A remote state may take adverse action affecting the multistate licensure
privilege to practice within that party state. However, only the home state shall have the
power to impose adverse action against the license issued by the home state.
new text end

new text begin (d) For purposes of imposing adverse actions, the licensing board of the home state
shall give the same priority and effect to reported conduct received from a remote state as
it would if the conduct had occurred within the home state. In so doing, it shall apply its
own state laws to determine appropriate action.
new text end

new text begin (e) The home state may take adverse action based on the factual findings of the
remote state, provided each state follows its own procedures for imposing the adverse
action.
new text end

new text begin (f) Nothing in this compact shall override a party state's decision that participation
in an alternative program may be used in lieu of licensure action and that participation
shall remain nonpublic if required by the party state's laws.
new text end

new text begin Party states must require nurses who enter any alternative programs to agree not to
practice in any other party state during the term of the alternative program without prior
authorization from the other party state.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 6
new text end

new text begin ADDITIONAL AUTHORITIES INVESTED IN
new text end

new text begin PARTY STATE NURSE LICENSING BOARDS
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any other laws, party state nurse licensing boards shall have the
authority to:
new text end

new text begin (1) if otherwise permitted by state law, recover from the affected nurse the costs of
investigation and disposition of cases resulting from any adverse action taken against
that nurse;
new text end

new text begin (2) issue subpoenas for both hearings and investigations which require the attendance
and testimony of witnesses, and the production of evidence. Subpoenas issued by a nurse
licensing board in a party state for the attendance and testimony of witnesses, and the
production of evidence from another party state, shall be enforced in the latter state by
any court of competent jurisdiction according to the practice and procedure of that court
applicable to subpoenas issued in proceedings pending before it. The issuing authority
shall pay any witness fees, travel expenses, mileage, and other fees required by the service
statutes of the state where the witnesses and evidence are located;
new text end

new text begin (3) issue cease and desist orders to limit or revoke a nurse's authority to practice
in the nurse's state;
new text end

new text begin (4) adopt uniform rules and regulations as provided for in article 8, paragraph (c).
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 7
new text end

new text begin COORDINATED LICENSURE INFORMATION SYSTEM
new text end

new text begin (a) All party states shall participate in a cooperative effort to create a coordinated
database of all licensed registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses. This
system shall include information on the licensure and disciplinary history of each
nurse, as contributed by party states, to assist in the coordination of nurse licensure and
enforcement efforts.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all party states' licensing boards shall
promptly report adverse actions, actions against multistate licensure privileges, any current
significant investigative information yet to result in adverse action, denials of applications,
and the reasons for the denials to the coordinated licensure information system.
new text end

new text begin (c) Current significant investigative information shall be transmitted through the
coordinated licensure information system only to party state licensing boards.
new text end

new text begin (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all party states' licensing boards
contributing information to the coordinated licensure information system may designate
information that may not be shared with nonparty states or disclosed to other entities or
individuals without the express permission of the contributing state.
new text end

new text begin (e) Any personally identifiable information obtained by a party state's licensing
board from the coordinated licensure information system may not be shared with nonparty
states or disclosed to other entities or individuals except to the extent permitted by the
laws of the party state contributing the information.
new text end

new text begin (f) Any information contributed to the coordinated licensure information system that
is subsequently required to be expunged by the laws of the party state contributing that
information shall also be expunged from the coordinated licensure information system.
new text end

new text begin (g) The compact administrators, acting jointly with each other and in consultation
with the administrator of the coordinated licensure information system, shall formulate
necessary and proper procedures for the identification, collection, and exchange of
information under this compact.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 8
new text end

new text begin COMPACT ADMINISTRATION AND
new text end

new text begin INTERCHANGE OF INFORMATION
new text end

new text begin (a) The head or designee of the nurse licensing board of each party state shall be the
administrator of this compact for that state.
new text end

new text begin (b) The compact administrator of each party state shall furnish to the compact
administrator of each other party state any information and documents including, but not
limited to, a uniform data set of investigations, identifying information, licensure data, and
disclosable alternative program participation information to facilitate the administration of
this compact.
new text end

new text begin (c) Compact administrators shall have the authority to develop uniform rules to
facilitate and coordinate implementation of this compact. These uniform rules shall be
adopted by party states under the authority in article 6, clause (4).
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 9
new text end

new text begin IMMUNITY
new text end

new text begin A party state or the officers, employees, or agents of a party state's nurse licensing
board who acts in good faith according to the provisions of this compact shall not be
liable for any act or omission while engaged in the performance of their duties under
this compact. Good faith shall not include willful misconduct, gross negligence, or
recklessness.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 10
new text end

new text begin ENACTMENT, WITHDRAWAL, AND AMENDMENT
new text end

new text begin (a) This compact shall become effective for each state when it has been enacted by
that state. Any party state may withdraw from this compact by repealing the nurse licensure
compact, but no withdrawal shall take effect until six months after the withdrawing state
has given notice of the withdrawal to the executive heads of all other party states.
new text end

new text begin (b) No withdrawal shall affect the validity or applicability by the licensing boards
of states remaining party to the compact of any report of adverse action occurring prior
to the withdrawal.
new text end

new text begin (c) Nothing contained in this compact shall be construed to invalidate or prevent any
nurse licensure agreement or other cooperative arrangement between a party state and a
nonparty state that is made according to the other provisions of this compact.
new text end

new text begin (d) This compact may be amended by the party states. No amendment to this
compact shall become effective and binding upon the party states until it is enacted into
the laws of all party states.
new text end

new text begin ARTICLE 11
new text end

new text begin CONSTRUCTION AND SEVERABILITY
new text end

new text begin (a) This compact shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes of the
compact. The provisions of this compact shall be severable and if any phrase, clause,
sentence, or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any
party state or of the United States or the applicability thereof to any government, agency,
person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this compact and
the applicability of it to any government, agency, person, or circumstance shall not be
affected by it. If this compact is held contrary to the constitution of any party state, the
compact shall remain in full force and effect for the remaining party states and in full force
and effect for the party state affected as to all severable matters.
new text end

new text begin (b) In the event party states find a need for settling disputes arising under this
compact:
new text end

new text begin (1) the party states may submit the issues in dispute to an arbitration panel which
shall be comprised of an individual appointed by the compact administrator in the home
state, an individual appointed by the compact administrator in the remote states involved,
and an individual mutually agreed upon by the compact administrators of the party states
involved in the dispute; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the decision of a majority of the arbitrators shall be final and binding.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [148.2856] APPLICATION OF NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT TO
EXISTING LAWS.
new text end

new text begin (a) A nurse practicing professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the
authority of section 148.2855 shall have the same obligations, privileges, and rights as
if the nurse was licensed in Minnesota. Notwithstanding contrary provision in section
148.2855, the Board of Nursing shall comply with and follow all laws and rules with
respect to registered and licensed practical nurses practicing professional or practical
nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section 148.2855, and all such individuals
shall be governed and regulated as if they were licensed by the board.
new text end

new text begin (b) Section 148.2855 does not relieve employers of nurses from complying with
statutorily imposed obligations.
new text end

new text begin (c) Section 148.2855 does not supersede existing state labor laws.
new text end

new text begin (d) For purposes of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, chapter 13,
an individual not licensed as a nurse under sections 148.171 to 148.285 who practices
professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section 148.2855 is
considered to be a licensee of the board.
new text end

new text begin (e) Uniform rules developed by the compact administrators shall not be subject
to the provisions of sections 14.05 to 14.389, except for sections 14.07, 14.08, 14.101,
14.131, 14.18, 14.22, 14.23, 14.27, 14.28, 14.365, 14.366, 14.37, and 14.38.
new text end

new text begin (f) Proceedings brought against an individual's multistate privilege shall be
adjudicated following the procedures listed in sections 14.50 to 14.62 and shall be subject
to judicial review as provided for in sections 14.63 to 14.69.
new text end

new text begin (g) For purposes of sections 62M.09, subdivision 2; 121A.22, subdivision 4;
144.051; 144.052; 145A.02, subdivision 18; 148.975; 148A.01, subdivision 5; 151.37;
152.12; 154.04; 256B.0917, subdivision 8; 595.02, subdivision 1, paragraph (g); and
631.40, subdivision 2; and chapters 319B and 364, holders of a multistate privilege who
are licensed as registered or licensed practical nurses in the home state shall be considered
to be licensees in Minnesota. If any of the statutes listed in this paragraph are limited to
registered nurses or the practice of professional nursing, then only holders of a multistate
privilege who are licensed as registered nurses in the home state shall be considered
licensees.
new text end

new text begin (h) The reporting requirements of sections 144.4175, 148.263, 626.52, and 626.557
apply to individuals not licensed as registered or licensed practical nurses under sections
148.171 to 148.285 who practice professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under
the authority of section 148.2855.
new text end

new text begin (i) The board may take action against an individual's multistate privilege based on
the grounds listed in section 148.261, subdivision 1, and any other statute authorizing or
requiring the board to take corrective or disciplinary action.
new text end

new text begin (j) The board may take all forms of disciplinary action provided for in section
148.262, subdivision 1, and corrective action provided for in section 214.103, subdivision
6, against an individual's multistate privilege.
new text end

new text begin (k) The immunity provisions of section 148.264, subdivision 1, apply to individuals
who practice professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section
148.2855.
new text end

new text begin (l) The cooperation requirements of section 148.265 apply to individuals who
practice professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section
148.2855.
new text end

new text begin (m) The provisions of section 148.283 shall not apply to individuals who practice
professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section 148.2855.
new text end

new text begin (n) Complaints against individuals who practice professional or practical nursing
in Minnesota under the authority of section 148.2855 shall be handled as provided in
sections 214.10 and 214.103.
new text end

new text begin (o) All provisions of section 148.2855 authorizing or requiring the board to provide
data to party states are authorized by section 214.10, subdivision 8, paragraph (d).
new text end

new text begin (p) Except as provided in section 13.41, subdivision 6, the board shall not report to a
remote state any active investigative data regarding a complaint investigation against a
nurse licensed under sections 148.171 to 148.285, unless the board obtains reasonable
assurances from the remote state that the data will be maintained with the same protections
as provided in Minnesota law.
new text end

new text begin (q) The provisions of sections 214.17 to 214.25 shall apply to individuals who
practice professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section
148.2855 when the practice involves direct physical contact between the nurse and
a patient.
new text end

new text begin (r) A nurse practicing professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the
authority of section 148.2855 must comply with any criminal background check required
under Minnesota law.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [148.2857] WITHDRAWAL FROM COMPACT.
new text end

new text begin The governor may withdraw the state from the compact in section 148.2855 if
the Board of Nursing notifies the governor that a party state to the compact changed
the party state's requirements for nurse licensure after July 1, 2009, and that the party
state's requirements, as changed, are substantially lower than the requirements for nurse
licensure in this state.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [148.2858] MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of section 148.2855, "head of the Nurse Licensing Board"
means the executive director of the board.
new text end

new text begin (b) The Board of Nursing shall have the authority to recover from a nurse practicing
professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section 148.2855,
the costs of investigation and disposition of cases resulting from any adverse action
taken against the nurse.
new text end

new text begin (c) The board may implement a system of identifying individuals who practice
professional or practical nursing in Minnesota under the authority of section 148.2855.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [148.2859] NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment; membership. new text end

new text begin A Nurse Licensure Compact Advisory
Committee is established to advise the compact administrator in the implementation of
section 148.2855. Members of the advisory committee shall be appointed by the board
and shall be composed of representatives of Minnesota nursing organizations, Minnesota
licensed nurses who practice in nursing facilities or hospitals, Minnesota licensed nurses
who provide home care, Minnesota licensed advanced practice registered nurses, and
public members as defined in section 214.02.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The advisory committee shall advise the compact administrator in
the implementation of section 148.2855.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Organization. new text end

new text begin The advisory committee shall be organized and
administered under section 15.059.
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Sec. 6. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Sections 1 to 5 are effective upon implementation of the coordinated licensure
information system defined in section 1, article 7, but no sooner than July 1, 2010.
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