California

  • RN Title Protection Law
  • DR Title Protection Law
  • Workplace Violence Laws
  • RN Procedural Sedation Rules
  • RN Safe Staffing Laws

  • RN Title Protection Law


    Statute/Regulation:

    CA Business and Professions Code § 2795

     

    Relevant Text: 

    it is unlawful for any person to do any of the following:

    (a) To practice or to offer to practice nursing in this state unless the person holds a license in an active status.
    (b) To use any title, sign, card, or device to indicate that he or she is qualified to practice or is practicing nursing, unless the person has been duly licensed or certified under this chapter.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    Statute/Regulation:

    CA Business and Professions Code § 2796

     

    Relevant Text: 

    It is unlawful for any person or persons not licensed or certified as provided in this chapter to use the title "registered nurse," the letters "R.N. ," or the words "graduate nurse," "trained nurse," or "nurse anesthetist" it is unlawful for any person or persons not licensed or certified as provided in this chapter to impersonate a professional nurse or pretend to be licensed to practice professional nursing as provided in this chapter.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    CA Business and Professions Code § 2054

     

    Relevant Text: 

    (a) Any person who uses in any sign, business card, or letterhead, or, in an advertisement, the words "doctor" or "physician," the letters or prefix "Dr.," the initials "M.D.," or any other terms or letters indicating or implying that he or she is a physician and surgeon, physician, surgeon, or practitioner under the terms of this or any other law, or that he or she is entitled to practice hereunder, or who represents or holds himself or herself out as a physician and surgeon, physician, surgeon, or practitioner under the terms of this or any other law, without having at the time of so doing a valid, unrevoked, and unsuspended certificate as a physician and surgeon under this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
    (b) A holder of a valid, unrevoked, and unsuspended certificate to practice podiatric medicine may use the phrases "doctor of podiatric medicine," "doctor of podiatry," and "podiatric doctor," or the initials "D.P.M.," and shall not be in violation of subdivision (a).
    (c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), any of the following persons may use the words "doctor" or "physician," the letters or prefix "Dr.," or the initials "M.D.":
    (1) A graduate of a medical school approved or recognized by the board while enrolled in a postgraduate training program approved by the board.
    (2) A graduate of a medical school who does not have a certificate as a physician and surgeon under this chapter if he or she meets all of the following requirements:
    (A) If issued a license to practice medicine in another jurisdiction, has not had that license revoked or suspended by any jurisdiction.
    (B) Does not otherwise hold himself or herself out as a physician and surgeon entitled to practice medicine in this state except to the extent authorized by this chapter.
    (C) Does not engage in any of the acts prohibited by Section 2060.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    CA Penal Code §241, § 243

     

    Relevant Text: 

    When an assault is committed against the person of an emergency medical technician engaged in the performance of his or her duties, or a nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care outside a hospital, clinic, or other health care facility, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is an emergency medical technician engaged in the performance of his or her duties, or a nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care, the assault is one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

    When a battery is committed against an emergency medical technician engaged in the performance of his or her duties, whether on or off duty, or a nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care outside a hospital, clinic, or other health care facility, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is an emergency medical technician, engaged in the performance of his or her duties, or a nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care, and an injury is inflicted on that victim, the battery is punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000, by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

    When a battery is committed against the person of an emergency medical technician engaged in the performance of his or her duties, whether on or off duty, or a nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care outside a hospital, clinic, or other health care facility, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is an emergency medical technician, engaged in the performance of his or her duties, or a nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care, the battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months, or two or three years.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

    Statute/Rule:


     

    Relevant Text: 

    It is within the scope of practice of registered nurses to administer medications for the purpose of induction of conscious sedation for short-term therapeutic, diagnostic or surgical procedures. Authority for RNs to administer medication derives from Section 2725(b)(2) of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA). This section places no limits on the type of medication or route of administration; there is only a requirement that the drug be ordered by one lawfully authorized to prescribe. Other relevant sections of the NPA do impose additional requirements. Specifically, the registered nurse must be competent to perform the function, and the function must be performed in a manner consistent with the standard of practice.

    As of 1995, safety considerations for conscious sedation include continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation, cardiac rate and rhythm, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and level of consciousness, as specified in national guidelines or standards. Immediate availability of an emergency cart which contains resuscitative and antagonist medications, airway and ventilator adjunct equipment, defibrillator, suction, and a source for administration of 100% oxygen are commonly included in national standards for inducing conscious sedation.

     

    Agency

    California Board of Registered Nursing

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws


     

    Statute/Rule:

    CA Health and Safety Code § 1276.4

     

    Relevant Text: 

    ....minimum, specific, and numerical licensed nurse-to-patient ratios by licensed nurse classification for acute care, acute psychiatric, and specialty hospitals. The ratios are the maximum number of patients that may be assigned to an RN during one shift. Requires additional RNs be assigned based on a documented patient classification system that measures patient needs and nursing care, including severity of illness and complexity of clinical need. Also restricts assignment of unlicensed staff and nursing staff in hospital clinical areas where they do not have demonstrated competency, training, and orientation.

     

    Status

     

    Enacted 

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