RN Title Protection Law
FL Statute § 464.015
1) Only persons who hold licenses to practice professional nursing in this state or who are performing nursing services pursuant to the exception set forth in s.464.022(8) shall have the right to use the title “Registered Nurse” and the abbreviation “R.N.”
(9) A person may not practice or advertise as, or assume the title of, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified nurse midwife, or advanced registered nurse practitioner or use the abbreviation “R.N.,” “L.P.N.,” “C.N.S.,” “C.R.N.A.,” “C.N.M.,” or “A.R.N.P.” or take any other action that would lead the public to believe that person was certified as such or is performing nursing services pursuant to the exception set forth in s. 464.022(8), unless that person is licensed or certified to practice as such.
(10) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
DR Title Protection Law
(1) The following acts shall constitute grounds for which the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be taken: (of) Introducing oneself with the title of “doctor” by a person licensed under chapter 464 while rendering health care services without orally disclosing that the licensee is a nurse practitioner, doctor of nursing practice, or the corresponding appropriate title that corresponds with the person’s license.
Approved by Health Policy Committee 3/7/13. Now referred to Judiciary Committee
Workplace Violence Laws
Assault or battery of emergency medical care providers results in reclassification of the crime:
(a) In the case of assault, from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(b) In the case of battery, from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the third degree.
(c) In the case of aggravated assault, from a felony of the third degree to a felony of the second degree.
(d) In the case of aggravated battery, from a felony of the second degree to a felony of the first degree.
“Emergency medical care provider” includes emergency medical technician and registered nurse, or any person authorized by an emergency medical service licensed under Chapter 401 who is engaged in the performance of his or her duties.