HB2438 Post traumatic stress disorders; public safety study committee (Chapter 308) Watch and learn about the new committee. It is directed to research and report on the effects of PTSD on state and local law enforcement officers. Nurses working alongside these officers will benefit from the information in the reports.
HB2489 EMTs; peace officers, naloxone admin (Chapter 313) Develop policies and procedures in EDs to address the new authorization of a trained emergency medical technician (EMT) or peace officer to administer an opiate antagonist to a person suffering from an opiate overdose. Know the provisions and protections involved in writing prescriptions and working in emergency settings with the new medication protocols.
HB2645 Laboratory testing without an order (Chapter 222) Talk and think about the ethical obligations and scope of practice challenges presented by the change in the gate-keeping role of the prescribers of lab tests.
SB1194/HB2494 medically underserved areas; loan repayment (Chapter 3) Take advantage of more, and more efficient funding for primary care provider training including APRNs.
SB1370 controlled substances, prescription monitoring program (Chapter 46) APRNs must participate more completely in this improved process for signing up with the prescription monitoring system.
SB1404 healthcare directives; conflicts (Chapter 182) Have confidence that this law clarifies the patient’s overriding right to make decisions about their end of life care. It presumes that a health care directive, the decision of the patient’s agent or surrogate represents the decision of the patient if there is a conflict with a provider’s order.