Maine

RN Title Protection Law


Statute/Regulation:

ME Statute 32 § 2208

Relevant Text: 

An individual who holds a current license to practice professional nursing in this State has the right to use the title "Registered Nurse" and the abbreviation "R.N." No other individual may assume the title or use the abbreviation or other words, letters, signs or devices to indicate that the individual using the same is a registered nurse.

Status:

Effective


DR Title Protection Law

Statute/Regulation:

ME Statute 32 § 3270

Relevant Text: 

An individual licensed under chapter 36 may prefix the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." to that individual's name, as provided in section 2581, or a chiropractor licensed by this State may prefix the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." to that individual's name when accompanied by the word "Chiropractor," or a dentist duly licensed by this State may prefix the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." to that individual's name or a naturopathic doctor licensed by this State may prefix the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." to that individual's name when accompanied by the word "Naturopathy" or the words "Naturopathic Medicine" or an optometrist duly licensed under the laws of this State may prefix the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." to that individual's name when accompanied by the word "Optometrist" or a podiatrist licensed under the laws of this State may prefix the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." to that individual's name when accompanied by the word "Podiatrist" or "Chiropodist."

Whoever, not being duly licensed by the board, practices medicine or surgery or a branch of medicine or surgery, or purports to practice medicine or surgery or a branch of medicine or surgery in a way cited in this section, or who uses the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." or the letters "M.D." in connection with that individual's name, contrary to this section, commits a Class E crime. The prefixing of the title "Doctor" or the letters "Dr." or the appending of the letters "M.D." by an individual to that individual's name or the use of the title of doctor or physician in any way by an individual not licensed as described is prima facie evidence that that individual is purporting to practice medicine or surgery contrary to this section, except that nothing contained in this section prevents an individual who has received the doctor's degree from a reputable college or university, other than the degree of "Doctor of Medicine" from prefixing the letters "Dr." to that individual's name, if that individual is not engaged, and does not engage, in the practice of medicine or surgery or the treatment of a disease or human ailment.

 


Status:

Effective


Workplace Violence Laws


Statute/Regulation:

ME Revised Statute §752-C


Relevant Text: 

Assault on an emergency medical care provider
1. A person is guilty of assault on an emergency medical care provider if that person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing emergency medical care.
2. As used in this section, "emergency medical care provider" includes hospital personnel assisting in an emergency and emergency medical services persons, defined in Title 32, section 83, subsection 12.
3. Assault on an emergency medical care provider is a Class C crime; punishable by up to 5 years incarceration and a $5,000 fine

Status:

Effective


RN Procedural Sedation Rules


Statute/Rule:


Relevant Text: 

The Board has determined that the registered professional nurse (RN) may assist in the procedure by acting as a "third hand" for the anesthesiologist/anesthetist. The Board further determined that the anesthetic agents are to be drawn up by the anesthetist; the physician must be present and appropriate policy should be developed by the medical and nursing staff. The RN who is not a CRNA is not to insert or place the needle. The RN is strictly assisting as a "third hand" while the anesthetist administers the anesthesia

The Board supports safe practice to include Propofol (Diprivan) administration by registered professional nurses only in the following circumstances: to intubate; to maintain sedation for mechanically ventilated patients; and, to sedate or those patients undergoing emergency intubation. The Board recognizes that Propofol administration for analgesia, muscle relaxation, or sedation may rapidly lead to deep sedation and or short duration general anesthesia requiring intubation. Therefore, effective June 4, 2010, administration of Propofol for nonventilated patients is restricted to certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Agency

Maine State Board of Nursing