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                         Laws of Minnesota 1988 

                        CHAPTER 440-H.F.No. 1784 
           An act relating to nurse-midwives; allowing a 
          certified nurse-midwife to prescribe and administer 
          drugs and therapeutic devices; allowing an 
          appropriately certified and licensed health care 
          professional to prescribe legend drugs and controlled 
          substances; amending Minnesota Statutes 1986, sections 
          148.171; 151.37, subdivision 2; and 152.12, 
          subdivision 1. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 148.171, is 
amended to read:  
    148.171 [DEFINITIONS.] 
    As used in sections 148.171 to 148.285: 
    (1) The term "Board" shall mean Minnesota board of nursing. 
    (2) The term "Registered Nurse" abbreviated R.N., shall 
mean a natural person licensed by the Minnesota board of nursing 
to practice professional nursing.  
    (3) The practice of professional nursing means the 
performance for compensation or personal profit of the 
professional interpersonal service of:  (a) providing a nursing 
assessment of the actual or potential health needs of 
individuals, families, or communities; (b) providing nursing 
care supportive to or restorative of life by functions such as 
skilled ministration of nursing care, supervising and teaching 
nursing personnel, health teaching and counseling, case finding 
and referral to other health resources; and (c) evaluating these 
actions.  
    The practice of professional nursing includes both 
independent nursing functions and delegated medical functions 
which may be performed in collaboration with other health team 
members, or may be delegated by the professional nurse to other 
nursing personnel.  Independent nursing function may also be 
performed autonomously.  The practice of professional nursing 
requires that level of special education, knowledge, and skill 
ordinarily expected of an individual who has completed an 
approved professional nursing education program as described in 
section 148.211, subdivision 1.  A registered nurse who has 
graduated from a program of study designed to prepare registered 
nurses for advanced practice as nurse-midwives and who is 
certified through the national professional nursing organization 
for nurse-midwives may prescribe and administer drugs and 
therapeutic devices within practice as a nurse-midwife. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 151.37, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  A licensed practitioner in the course of 
professional practice only, may prescribe, administer, and 
dispense a legend drug, or may cause the same to be administered 
by a nurse or intern under the practitioner's direction and 
supervision, and may cause a person who is an appropriately 
certified and licensed health care professional to prescribe and 
administer the same within the expressed legal scope of the 
person's practice as defined in Minnesota Statutes. 
     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 152.12, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  A licensed doctor of medicine, a doctor of 
osteopathy, duly licensed to practice medicine, a doctor of 
dental surgery, or a doctor of dental medicine, or a licensed 
doctor of podiatry, and in the course of professional practice 
only, may prescribe, administer, and dispense a controlled 
substance included in Schedules II through V of section 152.02, 
or may cause the same to be administered by a nurse, an intern 
or an assistant under the direction and supervision of the 
doctor, and may cause a person who is an appropriately certified 
and licensed health care professional to prescribe and 
administer the same within the expressed legal scope of the 
person's practice as defined in Minnesota Statutes. 
     Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     Sections 1 to 3 are effective the day following final 
enactment. 
    Approved April 4, 1988