Notice of Rulemaking Activity
We are proposing to repeal Chapter 34, Section 3405 Subsection A, Other Causes, Subparagraph o under Title 46 Professional and Occupational Standards, Part XLVII. This section provides definitions for the exercise of disciplinary authority by the LSBN. The specific definition listed under Chapter 34, section 3405. A.o., which is being eliminated, required a nurse to be held accountable for self-reporting exposure "when one performs or participates in exposure -prone procedures and is known to be a carrier" of an infectious disease. This specific definition is no longer relevant with the deletion of Chapter 40 Prevention of Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which required that nurses report their status. With the removal of Chapter 40, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing would not have the authority to take disciplinary action if a nurse has not reported self-exposure to an infectious disease.
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 are 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