Senate Bill No. 452
(By Senator Beach)
[Introduced March 5, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Government Organization .]
A BILL to amend and reenact §30-7-3 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to increasing the membership of the
Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses from
five to ten members.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §30-7-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES.
§30-7-3. Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
The Governor shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent
of the Senate, a board consisting of
five ten members who shall
constitute and be known as the West Virginia Board of Examiners for
Registered Professional Nurses.
Appointments hereunder shall be made by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from lists submitted to
the Governor by the West Virginia Nurses' Association. Such lists
shall contain the names of at least three persons eligible for
membership for each membership or vacancy to be filled and shall be
submitted to the Governor on or before June 1 of each year and at
such other time or times as a vacancy on the board shall exist.
Appointments under the provisions of this article shall be for a
term of five years each or for the unexpired term, if any, of the
present members. Any member may be eligible for reappointment, but
no member shall serve longer than two successive terms. Vacancies
shall be filled in the same manner as is provided for appointment
in the first instance. The Governor may remove any member for
neglect of duty, for incompetence, or for unprofessional or
Of the ten board members, nine members shall be registered
nurses and one member shall be a public consumer. The nine
registered nurse members on the board shall be apportioned as
follows: (a) Three advanced practice registered nurses who are
currently and solely in clinical practice and have practiced for a
minimum of five years, and which shall include one nurse
anesthetist, one nurse practitioner and one nurse midwife, (b) two
nursing educators, (c) two nurse administrators, and (d) two
currently practicing registered nurses who have practiced as a registered nurse for at least five years in any role that provides
direct patient care.
Each member of the board hereafter appointed shall
(a) be a
citizen of the United States and a resident of this state, and each
registered nurse member shall: (b) (a) Be a graduate from an
accredited educational program in this or any other state for the
preparation of practitioners of registered professional nursing, or
be a graduate from an accredited college or university with a major
in the field of nursing, (c) (b) be a graduate from an accredited
college or university, and (d) (c) be a registered professional
nurse licensed in this state or eligible for licensure as such. (e)
have had at least five years of experience in teaching in an
educational program for the preparation of practitioners of
registered professional nursing, or in a combination of such
teaching and either nursing service administration or nursing
education administration, and (f) have been actually engaged in
registered professional nursing for at least three within the past
five years preceding his or her appointment or reappointment.
Each member of the board shall receive $50 for each day
actually spent in attending meetings of the board, or of its
committees, and shall also be reimbursed for actual and necessary
expenses: Provided, That the per diem increased by this amendment
shall be effective upon passage of this article.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is increase the membership of
the Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses from five
to ten members. The board will be comprised of nine nurse members
and one public consumer member. The nurse members will include
three advanced practice registered nurses, two registered nurses,
two nurse administrators and two nursing educators.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would