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|New Laws for 2020|
We will be adding to and updating this information as bills are passed into Laws at the end of this 2020 Legislative Session. Please visit our Independent Practice Q&A page for more information, check back in frequently and feel free to contact us with any questions you have.
See all NEW 2020 Florida Laws here
This law imposes additional consent requirements on health care providers who are performing pelvic examinations. It states a health care provider must have the written consent of a patient or their representative before performing a “pelvic examination.” A “pelvic examination” means the series of tasks that comprise an examination of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, rectum, or external pelvic tissue or organs using any combination of modalities, which may include, but need not be limited to, the health care provider’s gloved hand or instrumentation. This new law also applies to students studying to be a health care provider. There are two exceptions to the consent requirements; when the pelvic examination is court ordered, or the pelvic examination is necessary to avert a serious, imminent, and irreversible impairment to a patient’s bodily function.
A NP or CNM seeking to be licensed for IP must meet the following qualifications:
Once the APRN license of independent practice is successfully issued, the NP is granted signature authority which includes the Baker Act involuntary examination, signing death certificates, admitting/discharging patients from a facility and “provide a signature, certification, stamp, verification, affidavit, or endorsement that is otherwise required by law to be provided by a physician (except for medical cannabis). This is known as signature authority.
Nurse Practitioners who are issued a licensed to practice autonomously/independently, must engage in such practice only in primary practice, including family medicine, general pediatrics, and general internal medicine, as defined by board rule. (NO OTHER SPECIALTIES)
If an APRN desires to continue practicing under a collaborative/supervisory protocol, nothing changes from previous standards. No additional restrictions exist for those APRNs providing care with a protocol in place.
The Board of Nursing shall adopt rules, in consultation with a new established Council on Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Autonomous Practice for independent practice. This council shall recommend standards of practice for APRNs registered as independent and is composed of 9 members:
An APRN who practices independently in a primary care health professional shortage area (defined in statute) are eligible for up to $15,000 per year from the Department of Health in student loan repayment.
The IP license of the APRN must be renewed every 2 years with their standard APRN license but an additional 10 hours of continuing education approved by the BON must now be completed in addition to completing 30 hours of continuing education requirements required already by the BON.