Pennsylvania

  • 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:

    Section 3 of the act of May 22, 1951 (P.L.317, No.69), "The Professional Nursing Law"

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Any person who holds a license to practice professional nursing in this Commonwealth, or who is maintained on inactive status in accordance with section 11 of this act, shall have the right to use the [title] titles "nurse" and "registered nurse" and the abbreviation "R.N." No other person shall engage in the practice of professional nursing or use the [title] titles "nurse" or "registered nurse" or the abbreviation "R.N." to indicate that the person using the same is a registered nurse.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    PA Consolidated Statutes Title 18 § 2702

     

    Relevant Text: 

    A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he:
    (2) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons numerated in subsection

    (c) or to an employee of an agency, company or other entity engaged in public transportation, while in the performance of duty;

    (3) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection

    (c), in the performance of duty;

    (6) attempts by physical menace to put any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection
    (c), while in the performance of duty, in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; The officers, agents, employees and other persons referred to include emergency medical services personnel. The term includes, but is not limited to, doctors, residents, interns, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, ambulance attendants and operators, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and members of a hospital security force while working within the scope of their employment.

    Aggravated assault under subsection
    (2) is a felony of the first degree.

    Aggravated assault under subsection
    (3) and (6) is a felony of the second degree.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

     

    Relevant Text: 

    The registered nurse who is not a certified registered nurse anesthetist may administer intravenous conscious sedation medications during minor therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, provided that specified knowledge, skills, supervision, intuitional, and patient safety requirements are met. Anesthetics shall only be administered by anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

     

    Agency

    State Law

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws


     

    Statute/Rule:

    HB 923 & SB 637
     

    Relevant Text: 

    "(1) A written staffing plan shall be developed by the chief nursing officer or a designee, based on individual patient care needs determined by the system. The staffing plan shall be developed and implemented for each patient care unit and shall specify individual patient care requirements and the staffing levels for direct care registered nurses and other licensed and unlicensed personnel. The hospital shall retain the staffing plan required for a period of two years. Review committee to conduct annual review of system.--
    The reliability of the system for validating staffing requirements shall be reviewed at least annually by a committee to determine whether the system accurately measures individual patient care needs and completely predicts direct care registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and certified nursing assistant staffing requirements based exclusively on individual patient needs. (e) Review committee membership.-- (1) At least half of the members of the review committee shall be unit-specific, competent direct care registered nurses who provide direct patient care. "

     

    Status

    Introduced; No Committee Action

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