Massachusetts

  • 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:

    MA Laws CH. 112 § 80

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Whoever, not being lawfully authorized to practice as a registered nurse within the commonwealth, practices or attempts to practice professional nursing or uses the abbreviation R.N., or any other words, letters or figures to indicate that the person using the same is such a registered nurse, shall, except as provided in section sixty-five, be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:


     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    MA LAWS CH. 265 § 13I

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery on an emergency medical technician, an ambulance operator, an ambulance attendant or a health care provider as defined in section 1 of chapter 111, while the technician, operator, attendant or provider is treating or transporting a person in the line of duty, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than 90 days nor more than 2 and one-half years or by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000, or both.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    Statute/Regulation:

    HB 1508

     

    Relevant Text: 

    An Act to authorize the arrest for assault and battery on a public employee
    Any officer authorized to make arrests may arrest without a warrant any person who he has probable cause to believe has committed the assault or assault and battery on an emergency medical technician, an ambulance operator, or an ambulance attendant, while said technician, operator or attendant is treating or transporting, in the line of duty and may keep said person in custody for not more than twenty-four hours, or until the next sitting of the court, during which period the officer shall seek the issuance of a complaint and request a bail determination.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

    Statute/Rule:


     

    Relevant Text: 

    The RN who is duly educated and qualified may receive, accept, and transcribe orders from duly authorized prescribers for medications capable of producing minimal to moderate sedation/analgesia. The RN may administer medications intended for minimal to moderate sedation/analgesia when ordered by a duly authorized prescriber. Professional standards recognize the nurse as responsible and accountable for possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the activity safely, effectively and competently.

     

    Agency

    The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws


     

    Statute/Rule:

    HB 1008 & SB 557

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Requires collection of data from hospitals on things such as: differentiate between severity of patient illness, readmission rates, length of stay, patient/family satisfaction with care, nurse satisfaction and nurse vacancy rates; indicators of the nature and amount of nursing care directly provided by licensed nurses including, but not limited to, the actual and the average ratio of registered nurses to patients or residents and the actual and the average skill mix ratio of licensed and supervised unlicensed personnel to patients or residents, and statistics as defined by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and/or the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the number of falls, number of incidents of failure to rescue, number of health care acquired infections, including sepsis and pneumonia, and number of medication errors. This would then be updated every three years to make basis for nurse to patient ratios.

     

    Status


    Introduced; No Committee Action

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