senate Bill S3277B

Provides for the certification by the education department of certified registered nurse anesthetists

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  • 31 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 3277A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3277B

Summary

Provides for the certification by the education department of certified registered nurse anesthetists.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4228B
Versions:
S3277
S3277A
S3277B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6912, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S5356D, A8392C

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3277B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
certification of certified registered nurse anesthetists

PURPOSE: The bill provides for the certification by the education
department of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the education law by establishing criteria for
certification as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, including
application filing, license requirements, education and certification
fees.

This provision prohibits any individual other than certified persons
from using the title "certified registered nurse anesthetist". Those
currently practicing as certified registered nurse anesthetists would
be "grandfathered" in order to include them under this act.

This act does not apply to existing laws, rules, regulations or
certification standards. The Commissioner is authorized to promulgate
rules and regulations to implement the CRNA certification.

Section 2 sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) play
an essential role in providing high-quality, cost-effective care. They
provide anesthesia services to all categories of patients, all types
of surgical procedures and in all practice settings.

Protecting the title of CRNA is necessary to maintain safe patient
care and to ensure that only those who are properly educated and
qualified are performing CRNA services. Competencies for CRNA practice
have been nationally validated and recognized. Numerous studies have
demonstrated that CRNA practice represents the highest level of safe
quality care at the lowest cost to the patient and the system.
Furthermore, with the health care environment growing increasingly
complex due to new technologies and treatment modalities, title,
recognition for CRNAs is essential for the public's protection.

This bill would protect the title "certified registered nurse
anesthetist" and the designation "CRNA" to ensure that only those
properly educated and prepared to be certified registered nurse
anesthetists hold themselves out as such. The state would be able to
identify those nurses who have been properly educated to provide
specialized care and prohibit health care facilities from
inappropriately utilizing unqualified persons in the CRNA role.
Specifically, enacting this legislation will better enable the State
Education Department to investigate claims of unlicensed practice and
thus help the Department to fully protect the public from professional
misconduct in this specialty area.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.5356D/A.8392C Vetoed Memo 165 2011:
S.5356D/A.8392C Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.


LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after it shall
have become law, except that subdivision 2 of section 6912 of the
Education Law, as added by section one of this act shall take effect
three years after this act shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3277--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. YOUNG, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher  Education
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the  Committee  on
  Higher Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law, in relation to certification of
  certified registered nurse anesthetists

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The education law is amended by adding a new section 6912
to read as follows:
  S 6912. CERTIFICATION OF CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE  ANESTHETISTS.  1.
FOR  ISSUANCE  OF A CERTIFICATE AS A CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHE-
TIST, THE APPLICANT SHALL FULFILL THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
  (A) APPLICATION: FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT;
  (B) LICENSE: BE LICENSED AS A REGISTERED  PROFESSIONAL  NURSE  IN  THE
STATE;
  (C)  EDUCATION:  (I)  HAVE  SATISFACTORILY  COMPLETED  AN  EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED AND CONDUCTED TO PREPARE GRADUATES TO  PRACTICE
IN  THE  SPECIALTY  AREA  OF  NURSE  ANESTHESIA AND IS REGISTERED BY THE
DEPARTMENT OR DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO  BE  THE  EQUIVALENT;  AND
(II)  SUBMIT  EVIDENCE  OF CURRENT CERTIFICATION OR RECERTIFICATION BY A
NATIONAL CERTIFYING BODY, RECOGNIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT;
  (D) FEES: PAY A FEE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FIFTY DOLLARS FOR AN  INITIAL
CERTIFICATE AUTHORIZING NURSE ANESTHESIA PRACTICE AND A TRIENNIAL REGIS-
TRATION  FEE  OF  THIRTY  DOLLARS.  AFTER  A  CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE
ANESTHETIST'S INITIAL  REGISTRATION,  REGISTRATION  UNDER  THIS  SECTION
SHALL  BE  COTERMINOUS WITH THE CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETIST'S
REGISTRATION AS A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07088-04-4

S. 3277--B                          2

  2. ONLY A PERSON CERTIFIED UNDER THIS  SECTION  SHALL  USE  THE  TITLE
"CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETIST".
  3.  THE COMMISSIONER IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO IMPLE-
MENT THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION.
  4. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO  DEFINE  A  SCOPE  OF
PRACTICE  FOR  CERTIFIED  REGISTERED  NURSE ANESTHETISTS OR TO ALTER THE
SCOPE OF PRACTICE OF  ANY  PRACTITIONER  OR  PROFESSIONAL  CERTIFIED  OR
LICENSED  UNDER  TITLE  EIGHT OF THIS CHAPTER OR UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH
LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law, except that subdivision 2 of section 6912 of
the education law, as added by section one of this act shall take effect
three years after this act shall have become a law.

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