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Chapter 30  |  Article 30 - 15  |  Section 7C

1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE T

1A - PROCEDURE FOR REGULATION OF OC

2 - ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW

2A - MEDICAL LICENSING BOARD

3 - WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE

3A - MANAGEMENT OF INTRACTABLE PAIN

3B - MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE PARAMEDI

3C - HEALTH CARE PEER REVIEW ORGANI

3D - PHYSICIAN HEALTH PROGRAMS

4 - WEST VIRGINIA DENTAL PRACTICE A

4A - ADMINISTRATION OF GENERAL ANES

4B - DENTAL LABORATORY SERVICES

5 - PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIA

6 - BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMIN

7 - REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES

7A - PRACTICAL NURSES

7B - CENTER FOR NURSING

7C - DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS

7E - NURSE HEALTH PROGRAMS

8 - OPTOMETRISTS

9 - ACCOUNTANTS

10 - VETERINARIANS

10A - ANIMAL EUTHANASIA TECHNICIAN

11 - CHIROPODISTS-PODIATRISTS

12 - ARCHITECTS

13 - ENGINEERS

13A - LAND SURVEYORS

14 - OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SU

14A - ASSISTANTS TO OSTEOPATHIC PH

16 - CHIROPRACTORS

17 - SANITARIANS

18 - PRIVATE INVESTIGATIVE AND SEC

19 - FORESTERS

20 - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

21 - PSYCHOLOGISTS; SCHOOL PSYCHOL

22 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

23 - RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS

24 - QUALIFICATION OF ARMED FORCES

25 - NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS

26 - HEARING-AID DEALERS AND FITTE

27 - BOARD OF BARBERS AND COSMETOL

28 - WEST VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL TH

29 - LAW-ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND

29A - STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL F

30 - SOCIAL WORKERS

31 - LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSEL

32 - SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

33 - TATTOO STUDIO BUSINESS

34 - BOARD OF RESPIRATORY CARE PRA

35 - BOARD OF DIETITIANS

36 - ACUPUNCTURISTS

37 - MASSAGE THERAPISTS

38 - THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISER LIC

38A - APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANI

39 - UNIFORM ATHLETE AGENTS ACT

40 - WEST VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE LIC

WVC 30- CHAPTER 30. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.

WVC 30 - 15 - ARTICLE 15. NURSE-MIDWIVES.

WVC 30 - 15 - 1 §30-15-1. Definitions.

The following terms wherever used or referred to in this article shall have the following meaning:

(a) "Midwife" means a person who assists in the management and care of a woman and her infant during the prenatal, delivery and postnatal periods.

(b) "Midwifery" means the practice of performing the service of a midwife for a fee or compensation.

(c) "Nurse-midwife" means a qualified professional nurse registered with the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses who by virtue of additional training is specifically qualified to practice nurse-midwifery according to the statement of standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery as set forth by the American college of nurse-midwives.

(d) "Board" means the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses.

WVC 30 - 15 - 2 §30-15-2. Licenses required.

(a) No person, other than a physician, shall engage or hold themselves out as practicing nurse-midwifery without a license to do so issued by the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses: Provided, That this requirement does not apply to those midwives who hold a license upon the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred seventy-three, issued by the West Virginia board of health. Persons holding licenses on said date issued by the said board of health shall be permitted to practice midwifery as formerly defined and according to the authority granted to them upon the issuance of their licenses, until the expiration of such licenses without the privilege of renewal.

(b) No person may practice or offer to practice as a nurse-midwife with prescriptive authority without a license to do so issued by the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses and issued pursuant to section seven-a of this article.

WVC 30 - 15 - 3 §30-15-3. Qualifications for licensing.

(a) A nurse-midwife license shall be issued by the board to any applicant who provides evidence that he or she:

(1) Is a registered professional nurse licensed by the board;

(2) Is a graduate of a nurse-midwifery education program approved by the American college of nurse-midwives or any American college of nurse-midwives designated successor organization; and

(3) Is certified by the American college of nurse-midwives.

(b) Any nurse-midwife who desires privileges for prescriptive authority as described in section seven-a of this article must, in addition to the evidence required by subsection (a) of this section, submit to the board the information required by section seven-b herein.

WVC 30 - 15 - 4 §30-15-4. Applications; fee.

Persons may make applications for licensing as a nurse- midwife by completion of an application upon forms to be provided by the board. Such forms shall require the applicant to state their name, address, age, and their qualifications for licensing. The board may require reasonable supporting documentation and information demonstrating that the applicant meets the qualifications for licensure. Such completed applications shall be submitted to the board together with the sum of twenty dollars.

WVC 30 - 15 - 5 §30-15-5. Form of licenses; annual registration fee.

(a) Licenses or certificates issued by the board shall bear a serial number, the full name of the applicant, the date of issuance of any such license, the seal of the board and the signature of the executive secretary of the board: Provided, That if prescriptive authority has been granted pursuant to section seven-a of this article, such authorization shall also be included on each license or certificate issued by the board.

(b) Every licensed nurse-midwife shall procure from the secretary of the board annually, on or before the first day of July, a certificate of registration. The certificate shall be issued by said secretary upon the payment of a fee to be fixed by the board, not to exceed the sum of ten dollars. The secretary shall mail annually, on or before the first day of June, to each licensed nurse-midwife a printed blank form to be properly filled in and returned by such licensed person on or before the first day of July to the secretary of the board. Upon the receipt of the form properly filled in, and such fee, the annual certificate of registration shall be issued and transmitted.

(c) The authority to practice as a nurse-midwife with prescriptive authority shall be indicated on the applicant's registered professional license issued by the board.

WVC 30 - 15 - 6 §30-15-6. Suspension or revocation of licenses.

(a) The board may suspend or revoke a license for any of the following reasons:

(1) Failure to remain current in annual registration;

(2) Gross negligence in performance of service as provided by the statement of standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery by the American college of nurse-midwives; or

(3) The commission of a crime in association with the practice of nurse-midwifery.

(b) Before any license shall be revoked or suspended, the accused shall be furnished with a written statement of the reasons for such suspension or revocation and shall be given reasonable notice of, and be entitled to, a hearing before the board, in person, or by attorney, according to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

WVC 30 - 15 - 7 §30-15-7. Limitations of authority; collaborative relationship with physicians.

The license to practice nurse-midwifery shall entitle the holder to practice such profession according to the statement of standards of the American college of nurse-midwives, and such holder shall be required to practice in a collaborative relationship with a licensed physician engaged in family practice or the specialized field of gynecology or obstetrics, or as a member of the staff of any maternity, newborn or family planning service approved by the West Virginia department of health and human resources, who, as such, shall practice nurse-midwifery in a collaborative relationship with a board-certified or board-eligible obstetrician, gynecologist or the primary-care physician normally directly responsible for obstetrical and gynecological care in said area of practice.

WVC 30 - 15 - 7 A §30-15-7a. Prescriptive authority for prescription drugs; collaborative relationship with physician requirements; promulgation of rules; classification of drugs to be prescribed; consultation with other boards; coordination with board of pharmacy.

(a) The board shall, in its discretion, authorize a nurse-midwife to prescribe prescription drugs in a collaborative relationship with a physician licensed to practice in West Virginia and in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. An authorized nurse-midwife may write or sign prescriptions or transmit prescriptions verbally or by other means of communication.

(b) For purposes of this section an agreement to a collaborative relationship for practice between a physician and a nurse-midwife shall be set forth in writing. Verification of such agreement shall be filed with the board by the nurse-midwife. The board shall forward a copy of such verification to the board of medicine. Collaborative agreements shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Mutually agreed upon written guidelines or protocols for prescriptive practice as it applies to the nurse-midwife's clinical practice;

(2) Statements describing the individual and shared responsibilities of the nurse-midwife and the physician pursuant to the collaborative agreement between them;

(3) Periodic and joint evaluation of prescriptive practice; and

(4) Periodic and joint review and updating of the written guidelines or protocols.

(c) The board shall promulgate legislative rules in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code governing the eligibility and extent to which a nurse-midwife may prescribe drugs. Such rules shall provide, at a minimum, a state formulary classifying those categories of drugs which shall not be prescribed by nurse-midwives, including, but not limited to, Schedules I and II of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, anticoagulants, antineoplastics, radio-pharmaceuticals and general anesthetics. Drugs listed under schedule III shall be limited to a seventy-two hour supply without refill.

(d) The board shall consult with other appropriate boards for development of the formulary.

(e) The board shall transmit to the board of pharmacy a list of all nurse-midwives with prescriptive authority. The list shall include:

(1) The name of the authorized nurse-midwife;

(2) The prescriber's identification number assigned by the board; and

(3) The effective date of prescriptive authority.

WVC 30 - 15 - 7 B §30-15-7b. Eligibility for prescriptive authority; application; fee.

A nurse-midwife who applies for authorization to prescribe drugs shall:

(a) Be licensed and certified as a nurse-midwife in the state of West Virginia;

(b) Not be less than eighteen years of age;

(c) Provide the board with evidence of successful completion of forty-five contact hours of education in pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy under a program approved by the board, fifteen of which shall be completed within the two-year period immediately before the date of application;

(d) Provide the board with evidence that he or she is a person of good moral character and not addicted to alcohol or the use of controlled substances; and

(e) Submit a completed, notarized application to the board, accompanied by a fee of one hundred twenty-five dollars.

WVC 30 - 15 - 7 C §30-15-7c. Form of prescription; termination of authority; renewal; notification of termination of authority.

(a) Prescriptions authorized by a nurse-midwife must comply with all applicable state and federal laws; must be signed by the prescriber with the initials "C.N.M."; and must include the prescriber's identification number assigned by the board.

(b) Prescriptive authorization shall be terminated if the nurse-midwife has:

(1) Not maintained current authorization as a nurse-midwife; or

(2) Prescribed outside the nurse-midwife's scope of practice or has prescribed drugs for other than therapeutic purposes; or

(3) Has not filed verification of a collaborative agreement with the board.

(c) Prescriptive authority for a nurse-midwife must be renewed biennially. Documentation of eight contact hours of pharmacology during the previous two years must be submitted at the time of renewal.

(d) The board shall notify the board of pharmacy and the board of medicine within twenty-four hours after termination of, or change in, a nurse-midwife's prescriptive authority.

WVC 30 - 15 - 8 §30-15-8. Penalties.

Any person practicing midwifery in this state without complying with the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year, or both fined and imprisoned.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§30 - 3 - 16 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 3 - 16 A - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 3 E- 1 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 2 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 3 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 4 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 5 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 6 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 7 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 8 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 9 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 10 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 11 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 12 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 13 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 14 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 15 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 16 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 17 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 18 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 19 - (New Code)
§30 - 14 A- 1 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 2 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 3 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 4 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 14 A- 5 - (Repealed Code)
SENATE BILL - 425
PASSED - Regular Session

SB425 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to licensure, supervision and regulation of physician assistants
§30 - 27 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 6 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 507
PASSED - Regular Session

SB507 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
§30 - 1 - 6 A - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 1 - 6 B - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 1 B- 1 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 2 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 3 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 4 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 5 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 6 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 7 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 8 - (New Code)
§30 - 1 B- 9 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4151
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4151 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to military members and their spouses who obtain licensure through professional boards
§30 - 7 B- 1 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 2 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 3 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 5 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 7 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 B- 8 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 7 B- 9 - (Repealed Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4188
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4188 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Updating the authority and responsibility of the Center for Nursing
§30 - 1 - 20 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4245
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4245 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to anticipated retirement dates of certain health care professionals
§30 - 3 - 15 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4278
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4278 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Rewriting the procedure by which corporations may obtain authorization from the West Virginia Board of Medicine to practice medicine and surgery
§30 - 1 - 7 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4318
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4318 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Continuing education of veterans mental health
§30 - 4 - 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 4 - 19 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 4 A- 1 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4538
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4538 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to the Board of Dentistry
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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