RN Title Protection Law
DR Title Protection Law
LA Revised Statute § 1743.1
A. No healthcare provider, while providing direct patient care, shall present himself, whether orally or in writing, to a patient using the title of "Doctor" or the abbreviation of "Dr." as a prefix to his name without using a suffix to denote either the type of professional license held by the healthcare provider or the degree to which he is entitled by reason of his diploma of graduation from a school or other entity, professional or otherwise.
B. Any healthcare provider who uses the title of "Doctor" or the abbreviation of "Dr." in any manner inconsistent with the provisions of this Section may be sanctioned in accordance with rules promulgated by the licensing board for that provider's profession or occupation.
Workplace Violence Laws
LA Revised Statute § 14:332
Interference with medical treatment
A) Interference with medical treatment is the intentional and willful interference with a nurse, nurse's aide, emergency medical technician, or other medical or hospital personnel in the performance of their duties relating to the care and treatment of patients in any hospital, clinic, other medical facility, or at the scene of a medical emergency.
B.) Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars or more than two hundred and fifty dollars upon conviction of a first offense, and not less than two hundred fifty dollars or more than five hundred dollars or ten days in jail or both upon conviction of any subsequent offense.
RN Procedural Sedation Rules
The Board believes that it is within the scope of practice for a registered nurse (non-CRNA) to monitor a patient receiving deep sedation/analgesia with or without the drug being an anesthetic agent in a controlled environment, as designated by institutional policy, under the direct supervision of a physician privileged by the institution to provide moderate/deep sedation. Nothing within the Law Governing the Practice of Nursing prohibits the administration ofnon-anesthetic drugs for levels of sedation as defined by JCAHO exclusive of anesthesia when prescribed by an authorized prescriber. Registered nurses may not administer anesthetic agents for any level of sedation as defined by JCAHO. Registered nurses may administer anesthetic agents only as specified by the exception in R.S. 37:930.D. and as specified in R.S. 37:935.
This statement is not intended to prohibit registered nurses from administering Propofol (Diprivan) to intubated, ventilated patients in a critical care setting.
Louisiana State Board of Nursing