CHAPTER 668

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24, DELAWARE CODE, CHAPTER 19, RELATING TO NURSING AND THE REGULATION THEREOF.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Title 24, § 1903 (a), Delaware Code, is hereby deleted and a new paragraph is inserted to read as follows:

(a) The Delaware Board of Nursing (hereafter referred to as the Board) is established and shall consist of seven (7) members. The term of office of every member appointed to the Board, except those appointed to fill vacancies occurring during any term of office, is three (3) years. Appointees shall be either (1) professional nurses with:

(a) an earned degree in nursing, nursing education, or education, one (1) of whom shall have at least an earned master's degree in nursing; and

(b) at least three (3) years active practice as a nurse, with administrative or teaching experience.

or (2) licensed practical nurses, who are graduates of an approved school of practical nursing, with at least three (3) years active practice as a practical nurse.

Section 2. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1904, is amended by striking the figure 110" as it appears in subsection (e) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the figure 120".

Section 3. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1908 is amended by striking the figure "$15" as it appears in subsection (d) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the figure "$30".

Section 4. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1910, is amended by striking subsection (e) thereof and by striking subsection (a) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (a) to read as follows:

(a) Has graduated from a school of professional nursing accredited by the state, territory or foreign country, and which meets approved standards adopted by the Board.

Section 5. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1910, is amended by striking the ";" at end of subsection (d) and inserting the words "or its equivalent."

Section 6. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1913, is amended by striking subsection (a) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection to read as follows:

(a) Has graduated from a school of practical nursing accredited by the state, territory or foreign country, and which meets approval standards adopted by the Board.

Section 7. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1913, is amended by striking subsection (d) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection to read as follows:

(d) Has completed four years of high school education or its equivalent, through a nationally standardized equivalence test.

Section 8. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1917, is amended by striking the figure "$1.00" as it appears in subsection (b) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the figure "$5".

Section 9. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1920, is amended by striking the last sentence of subsection (g) thereof.

Section 10. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1920, is amended by adding thereto two new subsections to read as follows:

(k) Nursing services rendered by a graduate of an accredited school of professional or practical nursing, working under supervision pending results of the first licensing examination. The Board shall establish the procedure and extent to which subsequent examinations may be taken and the length of time and the character of nursing service which may be rendered pending subsequent examinations.

Section 11. Title 24, Delaware Code, Chapter 19, § 1926, is repealed.

(1) Nursing service rendered by nurses who are currently licensed to practice nursing in other states and who have applied for endorsement may be issued a temporary license to practice nursing for a maximum of 60 days. The Board shall establish the procedure for application and issuance of the temporary license to practice nursing.

Section 12. Title 24, Delaware Code, § 1903 (b), is hereby deleted and a new (b) is inserted to read as follows:

(b) Upon the expiration of the term of any professional nurse member of the Board, a successor shall be appointed by the Governor for a term of three (3) years from a list of three (3) nominees, furnished annually by the Delaware Nurses' Association. Upon the expiration of the term of any licensed practical nurse member of the Board, a successor shall be appointed by the Governor for a term of three (3) years from a list of three (3) nominees furnished annually by the Delaware Licensed Practical Nurses Association. Vacancies occurring for any cause other than expiration of term shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term from a like list of nominees furnished by the appropriate Association.

Section 13. Title 24, Delaware Code, § 1903 (c), is amended by adding the following at the end thereof:

At least two (2) members of the Board, but not more than two (2) members of the Board, shall be licensed practical nurses.

Approved July 3, 1970.