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PRINTER'S NO. 2138
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
142
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY HEFFLEY, PICKETT, RYAN, JAMES, CIRESI AND MILLARD,
SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE,
SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
A RESOLUTION
Directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a
comprehensive study and review of the State Board of Nursing.
WHEREAS, The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
within the Department of State is charged with oversight of 29
licensing boards and commissions and the facilitation of
approximately 130 individual licenses and 39 facility licenses;
and
WHEREAS, The State Board of Nursing protects the health and
safety of the residents of this Commonwealth through the
licensure, certification and regulation of the practice of
professional and practical nursing and dietetics-nutrition by
registered nurses, practical nurses, certified registered nurse
practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, dietitian-
nutritionists and graduate nurses; and
WHEREAS, The State Board of Nursing issues licenses and
certifications to qualified applicants, approves nursing
education programs, establishes standards of practice and
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disciplines licensees and unlicensed individuals for violations
of State laws and regulations; and
WHEREAS, The State Board of Nursing has oversight over 51,151
practical nurses, 229,639 registered nurses, 16,307 certified
registered nurse practitioners, 4,536 licensed dietitian-
nutritionists and 264 clinical nurse specialists; and
WHEREAS, The State Board of Nursing is the largest board with
the greatest number of licensees under the Bureau of
Professional and Occupational Affairs; and
WHEREAS, Nursing schools, recent nursing school graduates and
licensees have been experiencing lengthy license processing
times; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives direct the Joint
State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive study and
review of the State Board of Nursing; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Joint State Government Commission
specifically study, at a minimum, the processing times for
initial licensure and renewal, the processing times for the
issuance of authorization to test for applicants, the reasons
for delays in processing times and related issues; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That the Joint State Government Commission compile
a report of its findings and recommendations, including, but not
limited to, all of the following:
(1) The current processing times for the issuance of
initial licensure and renewal of licensure for all types of
licenses under the State Board of Nursing's jurisdiction.
(2) The current processing times for the issuance of
authorization to test for applicants.
(3) The current processing times and related fees for
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the approval of proposed nursing curriculum revisions and new
nursing education programs.
(4) An analysis and comparison of the current processing
times for the State Board of Nursing compared to similar
boards in other states.
(5) The impact of lengthy processing times on applicants
regarding their ability to practice and seek employment in
this Commonwealth.
(6) The cause of the delays in processing times for
initial licensure, license renewal, issuance of authorization
to test and approval of proposed nursing curriculum revisions
and new nursing education programs.
(7) Recommendations for statutory or regulatory changes
to reduce the delays in processing times.
(8) Recommendations on ways to improve the communication
between integrated technology systems utilized by the State
Board of Nursing.
(9) Recommendations on ways to improve processing times
under the State Board of Nursing, communication with
licensees and stakeholders and the overall processes within
the State Board of Nursing;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Joint State Government Commission solicit
input from organizations representing licensed nurses,
representatives from nursing education programs and schools,
representatives from hospitals and health care facilities,
representatives from the Bureau of Professional and Occupational
Affairs and any other groups as necessary to assist the Joint
State Government Commission with the report of its findings and
recommendations; and be it further
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RESOLVED, That no later than six months after adoption of
this resolution, the Joint State Government Commission issue the
report of its findings and recommendations to the chair and
minority chair of the Consumer Protection and Professional
Licensure Committee of the Senate and the chair and minority
chair of the Professional Licensure Committee of the House of
Representatives.
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