North Carolina

  • 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:

    NC General Statute § 90-171.43

     

    Relevant Text: 

    No person shall practice or offer to practice as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, or use the word "nurse" as a title for herself or himself, or use an abbreviation to indicate that the person is a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, unless the person is currently licensed as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse as provided by this Article. If the word "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". The violation of this Article shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    NC General Statute § 90-1.1

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Using the designation "Doctor," "Doctor of Medicine," "Doctor of Osteopathy," "Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine," "Physician," "Surgeon," "Physician and Surgeon," "Dr.," "M.D.," "D.O.," 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 or reference to another branch of the healing arts for which the individual holds a valid license in this State or the use of the designation "Doctor" or "Physician" is otherwise specifically permitted by law.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    NC General Statute § 14-34.6

     

    Relevant Text: 

    (a) A person is guilty of a Class I felony if the person commits an assault causing physical injury on any of the following persons who are discharging or attempting to discharge their official duties:

    (3) The following emergency department personnel: physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, and licensed nurse practitioners.
    (b) Unless a person's conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, a person is guilty of a Class H felony if the person violates subsection (a) of this section and
    (i) inflicts serious bodily injury or
    (ii) uses a deadly weapon other than a firearm.
    (c) Unless a person's conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, a person is guilty of a Class F felony if the person violates subsection (a) of this section and uses a firearm.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Administration of sedative, analgesic, and anesthetic pharmacological agents, for the purpose of Moderate or Deep Procedural Sedation/Analgesia, to non-intubated clients undergoing therapeutic, diagnostic, and surgical procedures, is within the non-anesthetist Registered Nurse (RN) scope of practice.

     

    Agency

    North Carolina Board of Nursing

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws
     

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