Public Comment Open on New Nurse Practice Act Delegation Rule
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Dear UNA Member,
The Summary Background below is provided about the Utah Nurse Practice Act Rule Change now open for public comment until August 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Comments may be submitted to DOPL Bureau Manager for Nursing, Jeff Busjahn: mailing address PO Box 146741, SLC, UT 84114-6741 -- OR -- email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date! A public hearing is also scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019, at 9:30 AM at the DOPL, Room 475, 160 E 300 S, SLC, UT. You are encouraged to attend to provide your professional input on this important language change affecting practice and patient safety.
This is your personal and professional opportunity to comment on a Nurse Practice Act Rule that will influence professional practice and care for patients in community settings!
Kathleen Kaufman and Diane Forster-Burke have been working with the State Board of Nursing (SBON) on this Rule Change since the fall 2016 when an issue arose concerning medication administration in the home setting when there is no nurse present. Collaboration with the SBON resulted in new language for the Nurse Practice Act Rules, approved by the SBON in June 2017, as follows: “A delegator means a licensed nurse directly responsible for a patient’s care, who assigns to another licensed or unlicensed person the authority to perform a task on behalf of the delegator (R156-31b-14).” Importantly, this statement was needed to clarify previous language that only referred to the “individual” providing care and was thus was open to wide interpretation in sincere efforts to provide comprehensive, safe, timely and quality care to patients in the community.
Several articles have been published in the Utah Nurse describing the standard of practice for care delegation and the associated nursing practice and patient safety issues. The attached further describes details of the process resulting in this Rules change.