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News: 2011-12-14 Legislation in Effect January 2012

Oregon Laws Taking Effect on January 1, 2012

On January 1, 2012, a number of Oregon State laws passed in the 2011 legislative session will take effect. Many of these laws will have a direct impact on the profession of nursing and your daily practice.

Nurses Are Now Mandatory Reporters for Assault with a Weapon (HB 2014)

All registered nurses, including advanced practice nurses, will be added to an already existing law which requires physicians, interns and residents to report non-accidental injuries inflicted with a weapon to an appropriate law enforcement agency, and extends liability protections to the providers making the mandatory report.

Sexual assault nurse examiners spend more time with sexual assault victims than any other provider, but until now have not been protected by mandatory reporter laws. To learn more about Oregon’s Mandatory Reporter law, CLICK HERE.

Blood Tests for All Controlled Substances (HB 3085)

In response to the growing number of substance abuse cases in Oregon, the Oregon Legislature voted to require health care facilities to notify the authorities if the operator of the motor vehicle tests positive for any controlled substances immediately following the accident. This expanded the current law, which only expressly required facilities to report in cases that the driver’s blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Emergency Health Care Providers (SB 563)

This legislation allows previously licensed, certified or authorized health care providers to register as emergency health care providers. Emergency health care providers are called upon to provide care to Oregonians in a Governor declared state of emergency. If you are interested in registering to be an Emergency Health Care Provider, CLICK HERE.




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