Vermont

  • 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:

    VT Statute Title 26 § 1584

     

    Relevant Text: 

    It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, including any corporation, association, or individual, to use in connection with a name any words, letters, signs, or figures which imply that a person is a registered or practical nurse or an advanced practice registered nurse when not authorized under this chapter.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    VT Statute Title 26 § 1311

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Practice of medicine means using the designation "Doctor," "Doctor of Medicine," "Physician," "Dr.," "M.D.," or any combination thereof in the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease or condition unless the designation additionally contains the description of another branch of the healing arts for which one holds a valid license in Vermont.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    VT Statute Title 13 § 1028

     

    Relevant Text: 

    (a) A person convicted of a simple or aggravated assault against emergency room personnel, or member of emergency services personnel as defined in subdivision 2651(6) of Title 24 while the emergency medical personnel member is performing a lawful duty, in addition to any other penalties imposed under sections 1023 and 1024 of this title, shall:
    (1) For the first offense, be imprisoned not more than one year;
    (2) For the second offense and subsequent offenses, be imprisoned not more than ten years.
    (b) (1) No person shall intentionally cause blood, vomitus, excrement, mucus, saliva, semen, or urine to come in contact with a law enforcement officer while the officer is performing a lawful duty.
    (2) A person who violates this subsection shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $ 1,000.00, or both.
    (c) In imposing a sentence under this section, the court shall take into consideration whether the defendant was a patient at the time of the offense and had a psychiatric illness, the symptoms of which were exacerbated by the surrounding circumstances, irrespective of whether the illness constituted an affirmative defense to the charge.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

     

    Relevant Text: 

    It is within the scope of practice for a registered nurse (non-CRNA, certified registered nurse anesthetist) to administer non-anesthetic medications and to monitor patients in a state of Moderate Sedation as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The registered nurse (non-CRNA) must be specifically trained with demonstrated knowledge, skills, and ability in the clinical settings in which the nurse will practice. It is not within the registered nurse’s (non-CRNA) scope of practice to administer an anesthetic agent for any level of sedation as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. It is also not within the scope of practice for the registered nurse (non-CRNA) to administer medications for the purpose of deep sedation or general anesthesia.

     

    Agency

    Vermont Board of Nursing

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws


     

    Statute/Rule:

    VT Statute Title 18 § 1854

     

    Relevant Text: 

    (a) A hospital shall make public the maximum patient census and the number of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed nursing assistants providing direct patient care in each unit during each shift. Each unit's information shall be reported in full-time equivalents, with either every eight hours or 12 hours worked by a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or licensed nursing assistant during the shift as one full-time equivalent. The reporting of this information shall be in a manner consistent with the requirements for public reporting for measures of nurse staffing selected by the commissioner of financial regulation under subdivision 9405b(a)(12) of this title, but shall not in any way change what is required to be posted as set forth in this subsection. Each unit's information shall be posted in a prominent place that is readily accessible to patients and visitors in that unit at least once each day. The posting shall include the information for the preceding seven days.

     

    Status

     
    Enacted

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