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MANA 2017 Legislative Update

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  
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The Maryland General Assembly convened on January 10, 2017 and adjourned on April 10.  MANA actively monitored and lobbied numerous bills on behalf of its members. We are pleased to report that 2017 was a successful legislation session.

 

MD Anesthesiologist  Assistant Act Legislation

As many members will recall, MANA spent much of 2016 fighting against the SB0030 Maryland Anesthesiologist Assistant Act which would have authorized the practice of anesthesiologist assistants in Maryland.  We are very pleased to report that the anesthesiologist assistant legislation was not introduced during the 2017 session.

 

Maryland Nurse Practice Act – Revisions - HB0482 

HB 482/ SB 385  made general revisions to the Nurse Practice Act which in part included changes in the membership of the Board of Nursing (BON).  The bill as originally drafted, provided one BON position for a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and an additional position for any APRN which could include a CRNA, NP, Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist. 

MANA actively lobbied the General Assembly to amend the bill to designate a board position for a CRNA.  After many hours of discussions and negotiations with the Board of Nursing and legislators, HB 482 was amended to provide 2 positions on the BON for an APRN and an additional position for either an APRN, RN or LPN.  MANA was very pleased by the increase in the potential positions for an CRNA from 1 to 3.  We would like to recognize the support of Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and Delegate Bonnie Cullison on this issue. 



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