Notice of Rulemaking Activity
The Act 376 of 1976 designated nine registered nurse members and two non- voting ex-officio physicians as the official board members of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). The mission of LSBN has been and remains "To safeguard the life and health of the citizens of Louisiana by assuring persons practicing as registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses are competent and safe". It is important to LSBN to protect the citizens of Louisiana, but also to give the citizens of Louisiana a vote on how we operate and manage the greater than 64,000 nurses in the state of Louisiana. The proposed rule changes the composition of the members of LSBN in accordance with Act 598 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, adding two public, consumer members to the nine professional nursing members of the board. In order to be in compliance, the Nurse Practice Act and the Rules and Regulations should have the same language, therefore we are adding additional language to the Louisiana Administrative Code Title 46 Professional and Occupational Standards Part XLVII. Nurses: Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses, Subpart 2. Registered Nurses. Chapter 31, section 3105.
The first step in the rulemaking process is the publication of the Board's Notice of Intent in the April edition of the Louisiana Register. As of April 20, 2017 you will be able to access the publication free of charge at the state register's website at http://www.doa.la.gov/osr. The Notice of Intent can be found here.
The Board requests to receive written comments on the proposed revisions by May 10, 2017.
Please direct all written communications regarding this proposal to my attention at the Board office.
For the Board
Karen C. Lyon, PhD, RN, NEA