Florida Senate - 2014                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 1036
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 1/RS/2R         .                                
             04/03/2014 05:00 PM       .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 46 and 47
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Section 464.008, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         464.008 Licensure by examination.—
    8         (1) Any person desiring to be licensed as a registered
    9  nurse or licensed practical nurse shall apply to the department
   10  to take the licensure examination. The department shall examine
   11  each applicant who meets all of the following requirements:
   12         (a) Completes Has completed the application form and remits
   13  an application remitted a fee of up to $150 as set by the board
   14  not to exceed $150 and has remitted an examination fee of up to
   15  $75 as set by the board, not to exceed $75 plus the actual per
   16  applicant cost to the department for purchase of the examination
   17  from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing or a
   18  similar national organization.
   19         (b) Provides a set of fingerprints to Has provided
   20  sufficient information on or after October 1, 1989, which must
   21  be submitted by the department for a statewide criminal records
   22  correspondence check through the Department of Law Enforcement;.
   23         (c) Is in good mental and physical health.,
   24         (d) Is a recipient of a high school diploma or the
   25  equivalent., and
   26         (e)Completes, within 1 year before taking the examination,
   27  Has completed the requirements for:
   28         1. Graduation from an approved program;
   29         2. Graduation from a prelicensure nursing education program
   30  that the board determines is equivalent to an approved program;
   31         3. Graduation on or after July 1, 2009, from an accredited
   32  program; or
   33         4. Graduation before July 1, 2009, from a prelicensure
   34  nursing education program whose graduates at that time were
   35  eligible for examination.
   37  Courses successfully completed in a professional nursing
   38  education program which that are at least equivalent to a
   39  practical nursing education program may be used to satisfy the
   40  education requirements for licensure as a licensed practical
   41  nurse.
   42         (f)(d) Has the ability to communicate in the English
   43  language, which may be determined by an examination given by the
   44  department.
   45         (2) Each applicant who passes the examination and provides
   46  proof of meeting the educational requirements specified in
   47  subsection (1) shall, unless denied pursuant to s. 464.018, be
   48  entitled to licensure as a registered professional nurse or a
   49  licensed practical nurse, as whichever is applicable.
   50         (3) An Any applicant who fails the examination three
   51  consecutive times, regardless of the jurisdiction in which the
   52  examination is taken, must shall be required to complete a
   53  board-approved remedial course before the applicant may will be
   54  approved for reexamination. After taking the remedial course,
   55  the applicant may be approved to retake the examination up to
   56  three additional times before the applicant is required to
   57  retake remediation. The applicant shall apply for reexamination
   58  within 6 months after completion of remediation. The board shall
   59  by rule establish guidelines for remedial courses.
   60         (4) A person who applies to take the licensure examination
   61  more than 1 year after satisfying the educational requirements
   62  specified in subsection (1) must complete a licensure
   63  examination preparatory course approved by the board before
   64  being approved for examination.
   65         Section 3. Subsections (3) and (4) of section 464.015,
   66  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   67         464.015 Titles and abbreviations; restrictions; penalty.—
   68         (3) Only persons who are graduates of prelicensure nursing
   69  education programs listed in s. 464.008(1)(e) s. 464.008(1)(c)
   70  may use the term “Graduate Nurse” and the abbreviation “G.N.,”
   71  pending the results of the first licensure examination for which
   72  they are eligible.
   73         (4) Only persons who are graduates of prelicensure nursing
   74  education programs listed in s. 464.008(1)(e) s. 464.008(1)(c)
   75  may use the term “Graduate Practical Nurse” and the abbreviation
   76  “G.P.N.,” pending the results of the first licensure examination
   77  for which they are eligible.
   78         Section 4. Subsection (4) of section 464.022, Florida
   79  Statutes, is amended to read:
   80         464.022 Exceptions.—No provision of this part shall be
   81  construed to prohibit:
   82         (4) The practice of nursing by graduates of prelicensure
   83  nursing education programs listed in s. 464.008(1)(e) s.
   84  464.008(1)(c), pending the result of the first licensing
   85  examination for which they are eligible following graduation, if
   86  provided they practice under direct supervision of a registered
   87  professional nurse. The board shall by rule define what
   88  constitutes direct supervision.
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   91  And the title is amended as follows:
   92         Between lines 3 and 4
   93  insert:
   94         amending s. 464.008, F.S.; requiring certain
   95         applicants for licensure to take a preparatory course;
   96         amemding ss. 464.015 and 464.022, F.S.; conforming
   97         cross-references;