Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 230
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Rules (Harrell) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 652 - 701
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 16. Effective upon this act becoming a law,
    6  subsections (8) and (10) of section 464.019, Florida Statutes,
    7  are amended, and paragraph (f) is added to subsection (11) of
    8  that section, to read:
    9         464.019 Approval of nursing education programs.—
   10         (8) RULEMAKING.—The board does not have rulemaking
   11  authority to administer this section, except that the board
   12  shall adopt rules that prescribe the format for submitting
   13  program applications under subsection (1) and annual reports
   14  under subsection (3), and to administer the documentation of the
   15  accreditation of nursing education programs under subsection
   16  (11). The board may adopt rules relating to the nursing
   17  curriculum, including rules relating to the uses and limitations
   18  of simulation technology, and rules relating to the criteria to
   19  qualify for an extension of time to meet the accreditation
   20  requirements under paragraph (11)(f). The board may not impose
   21  any condition or requirement on an educational institution
   22  submitting a program application, an approved program, or an
   23  accredited program, except as expressly provided in this
   24  section.
   25         (10) IMPLEMENTATION STUDY.—The Florida Center for Nursing
   26  shall study the administration of this section and submit
   27  reports to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
   28  Speaker of the House of Representatives annually by January 30,
   29  through January 30, 2025 2020. The annual reports shall address
   30  the previous academic year; provide data on the measures
   31  specified in paragraphs (a) and (b), as such data becomes
   32  available; and include an evaluation of such data for purposes
   33  of determining whether this section is increasing the
   34  availability of nursing education programs and the production of
   35  quality nurses. The department and each approved program or
   36  accredited program shall comply with requests for data from the
   37  Florida Center for Nursing.
   38         (a) The Florida Center for Nursing shall evaluate program
   39  specific data for each approved program and accredited program
   40  conducted in the state, including, but not limited to:
   41         1. The number of programs and student slots available.
   42         2. The number of student applications submitted, the number
   43  of qualified applicants, and the number of students accepted.
   44         3. The number of program graduates.
   45         4. Program retention rates of students tracked from program
   46  entry to graduation.
   47         5. Graduate passage rates on the National Council of State
   48  Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination.
   49         6. The number of graduates who become employed as practical
   50  or professional nurses in the state.
   51         (b) The Florida Center for Nursing shall evaluate the
   52  board’s implementation of the:
   53         1. Program application approval process, including, but not
   54  limited to, the number of program applications submitted under
   55  subsection (1),; the number of program applications approved and
   56  denied by the board under subsection (2),; the number of denials
   57  of program applications reviewed under chapter 120,; and a
   58  description of the outcomes of those reviews.
   59         2. Accountability processes, including, but not limited to,
   60  the number of programs on probationary status, the number of
   61  approved programs for which the program director is required to
   62  appear before the board under subsection (5), the number of
   63  approved programs terminated by the board, the number of
   64  terminations reviewed under chapter 120, and a description of
   65  the outcomes of those reviews.
   66         (c) The Florida Center for Nursing shall complete an annual
   67  assessment of compliance by programs with the accreditation
   68  requirements of subsection (11), include in the assessment a
   69  determination of the accreditation process status for each
   70  program, and submit the assessment as part of the reports
   71  required by this subsection.
   72         (11) ACCREDITATION REQUIRED.—
   73         (f)To increase the supply of available nurses, it is the
   74  intent of the Legislature to accommodate nursing education
   75  programs that are in substantial compliance with this
   76  subsection. An approved nursing education program may, no sooner
   77  than 90 days before the deadline for meeting the accreditation
   78  requirements of this subsection, apply to the board for an
   79  extension of the accreditation deadline for a period which does
   80  not exceed 2 years. An additional extension may not be granted.
   81  In order to be eligible for the extension, the approved program
   82  must establish that it has a graduate passage rate of 60 percent
   83  or higher on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
   84  Licensing Examination for the most recent calendar year and must
   85  meet a majority of the board’s additional criteria, including,
   86  but not limited to, all of the following:
   87         1.A student retention rate of 60 percent or higher for the
   88  most recent calendar year.
   89         2.A graduate work placement rate of 70 percent or higher
   90  for the most recent calendar year.
   91         3.The program has applied for approval or been approved by
   92  an institutional or programmatic accreditor recognized by the
   93  United States Department of Education.
   94         4.The program is in full compliance with subsections (1)
   95  and (3) and paragraph (5)(b).
   96         5.The program is not currently in its second year of
   97  probationary status under subsection (5).
   99  The applicable deadline under this paragraph is tolled from the
  100  date on which an approved program applies for an extension until
  101  the date on which the board issues a decision on the requested
  102  extension.
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  105  And the title is amended as follows:
  106         Delete lines 59 - 62
  107  and insert:
  108         464.019, F.S.; authorizing the Board of Nursing to
  109         adopt specified rules; extending through 2025 the
  110         Florida Center for Nursing’s responsibility to study
  111         and issue an annual report on the implementation of
  112         nursing education programs; providing legislative
  113         intent; authorizing certain nursing education programs
  114         to apply for an extension for accreditation within a
  115         specified timeframe; providing limitations on and
  116         eligibility criteria for the extension; providing a
  117         tolling provision; amending s. 464.202, F.S.;