Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

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“Board”
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means the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners
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“practice of practical nursing”
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means the performance for compensation of any acts, not requiring the education, training, and preparation required in professional nursing, in the care, treatment, or observation of the ill, injured, or infirm and for the maintenance of the health of others and the promotion of health care, including the administration of medications and treatments or in on-job training or supervising licensed practical nurses, subordinate personnel, or instructing patients consistent with the licensed practical nurse’s education and preparation, under the direction of a licensed physician, optometrist, or dentist acting individually or in his capacity as a member of the medical staff, or registered nurse. The licensed practical nurse may perform any of the foregoing duties, and with appropriate training may perform additional specified acts which are authorized by the Board of Practical Nurse Examiners when directed to do so by the licensed physician, optometrist, or dentist acting individually or in his capacity as a member of the medical staff, or registered nurse.
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Accredited school
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means a school of practical nursing approved by the board
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Practical nurse
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means a person who practices practical nursing and who is licensed to practice under this Part
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The board shall
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(1) Prescribe minimum curricula and minimum standards for practical nurses and courses for practical nurses.
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The board shall
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(2) Approve practical nursing training at all schools making application, public or private, accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, and hospitals with courses meeting the requirements of the board. All other requirements such as enrollment, staffing, tuition, etc. will be regulated by the criteria established by the recognized accrediting agency of the schools.
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The board shall
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(3) Examine and license qualified applicants, and renew licenses.
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The board shall
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(4) Conduct hearings upon charges calling for discipline of a licensee, or for revocation, denial or suspension of a license issued or applied for under this Part upon proof that the person: (a) Is guilty of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice practical nursing; or (b) Is guilty of a crime; or (c) Is unfit, or incompetent by reason of negligence, habit, or other causes; or (d) Is habitually intemperate or is addicted to the use of habit forming drugs; or (e) Is mentally incompetent; or (f) Is guilty of unprofessional conduct; or (g) Has violated any provisions of this Part. (5) Have all other powers necessary and proper to the performance of its duties.
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The board may
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(1) Issue subpoenas and administer oaths to persons giving testimony at hearings
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The board may
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(2) Employ and fix compensations of persons necessary to carry on the work of the board
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The board may
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(3) Appoint an attorney to represent the board in all matters pertaining to the administration of this Part and fix his compensation and define his duties; or
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The board may
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(4)(a) Request and obtain state and national criminal history record information on any person applying for any license or permit which the board is authorized by law to issue, including permission to enroll as a student in nurse training courses. (b) Charge and collect from an applicant for any license or permit which the board is authorized to issue, including permission to enroll as a student in nursing courses, in addition to all other applicable fees and costs, such amount as may be incurred by the board in requesting and obtaining criminal history record information on the applicant. (c) Promulgate the rules, regulations, and procedures, in cooperation with the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the office of state police within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, that are necessary to implement the provisions of this Paragraph.
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The board may
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(5) Adopt and revise all rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this Part
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Applicant
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means a person who has made application to the board for the issuance or reinstatement of any form of licensure
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Bureau
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means the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the office of state police within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
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Criminal history record information
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means information collected by state and federal criminal justice agencies on individuals consisting of identifiable descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, bills of information, or any formal criminal charges, and any disposition arising therefrom, including sentencing and criminal correctional supervision and release, but does not include intelligence for investigatory purposes, nor does it include any identification information which does not indicate involvement of the individual in the criminal justice system.
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FBI
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means the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice.
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Licensure
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means any license or permit which the board is authorized to issue, including permission to enroll as a student in clinical nursing courses.

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