South Carolina

RN Title Protection Law


Statute/Regulation:

SC Code §40-33-30

Relevant Text: 

(B) It is unlawful for a person to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse, a registered nurse, or a licensed practical nurse in this State, or to use the abbreviation "APRN", "RN", or "LPN" or any variation or sub designation of these, or use any title, sign, card, or device to indicate that the person is a nurse, or that the person is practicing as a nurse, within the meaning of this chapter, unless the person is actively licensed under the provisions of this chapter.

(C) A person may not use the word "nurse" as a title, or use an abbreviation to indicate that the person is practicing in this State as a nurse, unless the person is actively licensed as a nurse as provided for in this chapter. If the term "nurse" is part of a longer title, such as "nurse's aide", a person who is entitled to use that title shall use the entire title and may not abbreviate the title to " nurse". This does not prohibit the use of the title "nurse" by persons who hold a temporary permit pending licensure by endorsement from another jurisdiction, and it does not prohibit the use of the title "nurse" by persons enrolled in a board-approved refresher course for the purpose of obtaining an active South Carolina license.

Status:

Effective


DR Title Protection Law

Statute/Regulation:

SC Code §40-47-20

Relevant Text: 

"Practice of Medicine" means using the designation Doctor, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician, Surgeon, Physician and Surgeon, Dr., M.D., D.O., or any combination of these in the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease or condition unless such a designation additionally contains the description of another branch of the healing arts for which one holds a valid license in this State that is applicable to the clinical setting.

Status:

Effective


Workplace Violence Laws


Statute/Regulation:

N/A

Relevant Text: 

Increased penalties for assault on emergency medical providers was repealed by 2010 Act No. 273, Section 7.A

Status:

Effective June 2010


RN Procedural Sedation Rules



Relevant Text: 

The Board of Nursing for South Carolina acknowledges that it is within the role and scope of the responsibilities of the RN to administer medications for sedation as ordered by a licensed physician, dentist or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). This does not apply to the administration of agents for the purpose of analgesia/pain management. RNs who are not qualified anesthesia providers May not administer agents used primarily as anesthetics or induction agents, including, but not limited to Ketamine, Propofol, Etomidate, Sodium Thiopental, Methohexital, Fentanyl, all extrapotent opiates, nitrous oxide, or inhalation agents.

Agency

South Carolina Board of Nursing