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

    1         Senate Substitute for Amendment (343362) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 46 and 47
    5  insert:
    6         Section 2. Section 464.008, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    7  read:
    8         464.008 Licensure by examination.—
    9         (1) Any person desiring to be licensed as a registered
   10  nurse or licensed practical nurse shall apply to the department
   11  to take the licensure examination. The department shall examine
   12  each applicant who meets all of the following requirements:
   13         (a) Completes Has completed the application form and remits
   14  an application remitted a fee of up to $150 as set by the board
   15  not to exceed $150 and has remitted an examination fee of up to
   16  $75 as set by the board, not to exceed $75 plus the actual per
   17  applicant cost to the department for purchase of the examination
   18  from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing or a
   19  similar national organization.
   20         (b) Provides a set of fingerprints to Has provided
   21  sufficient information on or after October 1, 1989, which must
   22  be submitted by the department for a statewide criminal records
   23  correspondence check through the Department of Law Enforcement;.
   24         (c) Is in good mental and physical health.,
   25         (d) Is a recipient of a high school diploma or the
   26  equivalent., and
   27         (e)Completes 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) A person who applies to take the licensure examination
   46  more than 1 year after satisfying the educational requirements
   47  specified in subsection (1) must complete a licensure
   48  examination preparatory course approved by the board before
   49  being approved for examination.
   50         (3)(2) Each applicant who passes the examination and
   51  provides proof of meeting the educational requirements specified
   52  in subsection (1) shall, unless denied pursuant to s. 464.018,
   53  be entitled to licensure as a registered professional nurse or a
   54  licensed practical nurse, as whichever is applicable.
   55         (4)(3)An Any applicant who fails the examination three
   56  consecutive times, regardless of the jurisdiction in which the
   57  examination is taken, must shall be required to complete a
   58  board-approved remedial course before the applicant may will be
   59  approved for reexamination. After taking the remedial course,
   60  the applicant may be approved to retake the examination up to
   61  three additional times before the applicant is required to
   62  retake remediation. The applicant shall apply for reexamination
   63  within 6 months after completion of remediation. The board shall
   64  by rule establish guidelines for remedial courses.
   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 nursing
   83  education programs listed in s. 464.008(1)(e) s. 464.008(1)(c),
   84  pending the result of the first licensing examination for which
   85  they are eligible following graduation, if provided they
   86  practice under direct supervision of a registered professional
   87  nurse. The board shall by rule define what constitutes direct
   88  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         amending ss. 464.015 and 464.022, F.S.; conforming
   97         cross-references;