AN ACT DEFINING THE PRACTICE OF NURSING BY CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS UNDER THE NURSING PRACTICE ACT.
Amends GS 90-18(c) to add the practice of nursing by a certified nurse anesthetist, as defined in GS 90-171.20, to the list of acts that do not constitute the practice of medicine or surgery as it is defined in Article 1 of GS Chapter 90.
Amends GS 90-171.20, adding a definition for nurse anesthesia activities, as the term is defined in 21 NCAC 36.0226. Provides that the "practice of nursing by a certified registered nurse anesthetist" consists of performing nurse anesthesia activities in collaboration with a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or other lawfully qualified health care provider and maintaining individual accountability for the outcome of individual actions. Declares that each provider contributes his or her respective area of expertise to lend support to nurse anesthesia activities and defines the roles and responsibilities of the certified registered nurse anesthetist within the practice setting.
Makes additional technical changes.
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