In part to help address the growing opioid addiction problem, SB 554 (Stone) was passed by the California legislature and signed by the Governor in September 2017. This bill prohibits construing the Nursing Practice Act or any provision of state law from prohibiting a nurse practitioner from furnishing or ordering buprenorphine when done in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act. The legislation also covers physician assistants.
On October 5, 2017, California Governor Brown signed SB 799 (Hill) into law. This legislation extends the Board of Registered Nursing to January 1, 2022, meaning that the board will next be up for “sunset” review in four years. It also directs the California Research Bureau to study employer reporting of possible violators of the Nursing Practice Act and provide findings by January 1, 2019, so the board can identify ways to receive such data in a timely manner and makes other changes consistent with the earlier sunset review report on the Board of Registered Nursing.
With the passage of AB 422 (Arambula) in mid-October 2017, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs may be offered at California State Universities in the future. Based on a successful pilot program to test DNP programs at CSUs, the legislature and governor recognize the value and potential of expanding such programs throughout the state’s CSU system, which is more geographically dispersed and accessible than the University of California system.
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