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IC 25-23
    ARTICLE 23. NURSES

IC 25-23-1
     Chapter 1. Licensing of Nurses; Creation of Board; Education Programs

IC 25-23-1-0.1
Application of certain amendments to chapter
    
Sec. 0.1. The amendments made to this chapter by P.L.185-1993 shall not be construed to limit the authority of a registered nurse to perform services that a registered nurse was authorized to perform under this article before April 30, 1993.
As added by P.L.220-2011, SEC.408.

IC 25-23-1-1
Definitions
    
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter:
    (a) "Board" means the Indiana state board of nursing.
    (b) "Advanced practice nurse" means:
        (1) a nurse practitioner;
        (2) a certified nurse midwife; or
        (3) a clinical nurse specialist;
who is a registered nurse qualified to practice nursing in a specialty role based upon the additional knowledge and skill gained through a formal organized program of study and clinical experience, or the equivalent as determined by the board, which does not limit but extends or expands the function of the nurse which may be initiated by the client or provider in settings that shall include hospital outpatient clinics and health maintenance organizations.
    (c) "Human response" means those signs, symptoms, behaviors, and processes that denote the individual's interaction with the environment.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.1; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.1; Acts 1974, P.L.119, SEC.1.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.228, SEC.1; P.L.169-1985, SEC.63; P.L.185-1993, SEC.2; P.L.232-2013, SEC.18.

IC 25-23-1-1.1
Additional definitions
    
Sec. 1.1. (a) As used in this chapter, "registered nurse" means a person who holds a valid license issued:
        (1) under this chapter; or
        (2) by a party state (as defined in IC 25-23.3-2-11); and
who bears primary responsibility and accountability for nursing practices based on specialized knowledge, judgment, and skill derived from the principles of biological, physical, and behavioral sciences.
    (b) As used in this chapter, "registered nursing" means performance of services which include but are not limited to:


        (1) assessing health conditions;
        (2) deriving a nursing diagnosis;
        (3) executing a nursing regimen through the selection, performance, and management of nursing actions based on nursing diagnoses;
        (4) advocating the provision of health care services through collaboration with or referral to other health professionals;
        (5) executing regimens delegated by a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine, a licensed dentist, a licensed chiropractor, a licensed optometrist, or a licensed podiatrist;
        (6) teaching, administering, supervising, delegating, and evaluating nursing practice;
        (7) delegating tasks which assist in implementing the nursing, medical, or dental regimen; or
        (8) performing acts which are approved by the board or by the board in collaboration with the medical licensing board of Indiana.
    (c) As used in this chapter, "assessing health conditions" means the collection of data through means such as interviews, observation, and inspection for the purpose of:
        (1) deriving a nursing diagnosis;
        (2) identifying the need for additional data collection by nursing personnel; and
        (3) identifying the need for additional data collection by other health professionals.
    (d) As used in this chapter, "nursing regimen" means preventive, restorative, maintenance, and promotion activities which include meeting or assisting with self-care needs, counseling, and teaching.
    (e) As used in this chapter, "nursing diagnosis" means the identification of needs which are amenable to nursing regimen.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.158. Amended by P.L.169-1985, SEC.64; P.L.181-2002, SEC.3; P.L.1-2007, SEC.170; P.L.134-2008, SEC.26.

IC 25-23-1-1.2
"Licensed practical nurse" defined
    
Sec. 1.2. As used in this chapter, "licensed practical nurse" means a person who holds a valid license issued under this chapter or by a party state (as defined in IC 25-23.3-2-11) and who functions at the direction of:
        (1) a registered nurse;
        (2) a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine;
        (3) a licensed dentist;
        (4) a licensed chiropractor;
        (5) a licensed optometrist; or
        (6) a licensed podiatrist;
in the performance of activities commonly performed by practical nurses and requiring special knowledge or skill.


As added by P.L.169-1985, SEC.65. Amended by P.L.181-2002, SEC.4; P.L.1-2007, SEC.171; P.L.134-2008, SEC.27.

IC 25-23-1-1.3
"Practical nursing" defined
    
Sec. 1.3. As used in this chapter, "practical nursing" means the performance of services commonly performed by practical nurses, including:
        (1) contributing to the assessment of the health status of individuals or groups;
        (2) participating in the development and modification of the strategy of care;
        (3) implementing the appropriate aspects of the strategy of care;
        (4) maintaining safe and effective nursing care; and
        (5) participating in the evaluation of responses to the strategy of care.
As added by P.L.169-1985, SEC.66.

IC 25-23-1-1.4
"Certified registered nurse anesthetist" defined
    
Sec. 1.4. As used in this chapter, "certified registered nurse anesthetist" means a registered nurse who:
        (1) is a graduate of a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or its predecessor;
        (2) is properly certified by successfully completing the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists or its predecessor; and
        (3) is properly certified and in compliance with criteria for biennial recertification, as defined by the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.177-2009, SEC.42.

IC 25-23-1-2
Indiana state board of nursing; establishment; members; term of office; vacancies
    
Sec. 2. (a) There is established the Indiana state board of nursing consisting of nine (9) members appointed by the governor, each to serve a term of four (4) years subject to death, resignation, or removal by the governor.
    (b) Six (6) of the board members must be registered nurses who are committed to advancing and safeguarding the nursing profession as a whole. Two (2) of the board's members must be licensed practical nurses. One (1) member of the board, to represent the general public, must be a resident of this state and not be associated with nursing in any way other than as a consumer.
    (c) Each appointed board member may serve until the member's successor has been appointed and qualified. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board for any cause shall be filled by

appointment by the governor for the unexpired term. Members of the board may be appointed for more than one (1) term. However, no person who has served as a member of the board for more than six (6) consecutive years may be reappointed. Reappointments of persons who have served six (6) consecutive years as a member of the board may be made after three (3) years have elapsed.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.2; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.2.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.159; P.L.169-1985, SEC.67; P.L.185-1993, SEC.4; P.L.158-2003, SEC.4.

IC 25-23-1-3
Filling vacancies; removal of board members
    
Sec. 3. On or before December 1 of each year and at any time there is a vacancy, the Indiana State Nurses' Association shall recommend to the Governor a list of qualified registered nurses for appointment to the Board in the number of not less than twice the number of registered nurse vacancies to be filled.
    On or before December 1 of each year and at any time there is a vacancy, the Indiana Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses' shall recommend to the Governor a list of qualified licensed practical nurses and nurse educators of Practical Nurse Programs for appointment to the Board in the number of not less than twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The Governor may remove any member from the Board for neglect of any duty required by law or for incompetency or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.3; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.3.)

IC 25-23-1-4
Qualifications of members of board; oath
    
Sec. 4. (a) Each registered nurse member of the board required by section 2 of this chapter must:
        (1) be a citizen of the United States;
        (2) be a resident of Indiana;
        (3) have:
            (A) graduated from an accredited educational program for the preparation of practitioners of professional nursing;
            (B) been licensed as a registered nurse in Indiana;
            (C) had at least five (5) years successful experience since graduation in administering, teaching, or practicing in an educational program to prepare practitioners of nursing or in administering or practicing in nursing service; and
            (D) been actively engaged in the activities described in clause (C) for at least three (3) years immediately preceding appointment or reappointment; and
        (4) be actively engaged in the activities described in subdivision (3)(C) throughout the member's term of office.
    (b) Each licensed practical nurse member of the board required by section 2 of this chapter must:
        (1) be a citizen of the United States;
        (2) be a resident of Indiana;


        (3) have:
            (A) graduated from an accredited educational program for the preparation of practitioners of practical nursing;
            (B) been licensed as a licensed practical nurse in Indiana;
            (C) had at least five (5) years successful experience as a practitioner of practical nursing since graduation; and
            (D) been actively engaged in practical nursing for at least three (3) years immediately preceding appointment to the board; and
        (4) be actively engaged in practice throughout the member's term of office.
    (c) Before entering upon the discharge of official duties, each member of the board shall file the constitutional oath of office in the office of the secretary of state.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.4; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.4.) As amended by P.L.169-1985, SEC.68.

IC 25-23-1-5
Meetings; officers; quorum
    
Sec. 5. (a) The board shall meet annually. At its first meeting of the calendar year, it shall elect from the membership a president, a vice president, and a secretary. It shall hold such other meetings during the year as may be necessary for the transaction of its business.
    (b) Five (5) members of the board constitute a quorum. An affirmative vote of a majority of the members appointed to the board is required for action of the board.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.5; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.5.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.160; P.L.169-1985, SEC.69; P.L.149-1987, SEC.56; P.L.158-2003, SEC.5.

IC 25-23-1-6
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)

IC 25-23-1-7
Powers and duties of board
    
Sec. 7. (a) The board shall do the following:
        (1) Adopt under IC 4-22-2 rules necessary to enable it to carry into effect this chapter.
        (2) Prescribe standards and approve curricula for nursing education programs preparing persons for licensure under this chapter.
        (3) Provide for surveys of such programs at such times as it considers necessary.
        (4) Accredit such programs as meet the requirements of this chapter and of the board.
        (5) Deny or withdraw accreditation from nursing education programs for failure to meet prescribed curricula or other standards.


        (6) Examine, license, and renew the license of qualified applicants.
        (7) Issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to persons giving testimony at hearings.
        (8) Cause the prosecution of all persons violating this chapter and have power to incur necessary expenses for these prosecutions.
        (9) Adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 that do the following:
            (A) Prescribe standards for the competent practice of registered, practical, and advanced practice nursing.
            (B) Establish with the approval of the medical licensing board created by IC 25-22.5-2-1 requirements that advanced practice nurses must meet to be granted authority to prescribe legend drugs and to retain that authority.
            (C) Establish, with the approval of the medical licensing board created by IC 25-22.5-2-1, requirements for the renewal of a practice agreement under section 19.4 of this chapter, which shall expire on October 31 in each odd-numbered year.
        (10) Keep a record of all its proceedings.
        (11) Collect and distribute annually demographic information on the number and type of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses employed in Indiana.
        (12) Adopt rules and administer the interstate nurse licensure compact under IC 25-23.3.
    (b) The board may do the following:
        (1) Create ad hoc subcommittees representing the various nursing specialties and interests of the profession of nursing. Persons appointed to a subcommittee serve for terms as determined by the board.
        (2) Utilize the appropriate subcommittees so as to assist the board with its responsibilities. The assistance provided by the subcommittees may include the following:
            (A) Recommendation of rules necessary to carry out the duties of the board.
            (B) Recommendations concerning educational programs and requirements.
            (C) Recommendations regarding examinations and licensure of applicants.
        (3) Appoint nurses to serve on each of the ad hoc subcommittees.
        (4) Withdraw from the interstate nurse licensure compact under IC 25-23.2 (repealed).
        (5) If requested by the nonprofit corporation formed under IC 12-31-1-3, provide assistance to the public umbilical cord blood bank and umbilical cord blood donation initiative.
    (c) Nurses appointed under subsection (b) must:
        (1) be committed to advancing and safeguarding the nursing profession as a whole; and
        (2) represent nurses who practice in the field directly affected

by a subcommittee's actions.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.7; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.6.) As amended by Acts 1977, P.L.172, SEC.29; Acts 1979, P.L.17, SEC.46; Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.161; P.L.169-1985, SEC.70; P.L.149-1987, SEC.57; P.L.185-1993, SEC.5; P.L.127-1994, SEC.1; P.L.181-2002, SEC.5; P.L.158-2003, SEC.6; P.L.1-2007, SEC.172; P.L.134-2008, SEC.28.

IC 25-23-1-7.1
Rules and regulations
    
Sec. 7.1. The board may adopt rules and regulations applicable to nurse practitioners.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.228, SEC.2.

IC 25-23-1-8
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)

IC 25-23-1-9
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)

IC 25-23-1-10
Compensation of board members
    
Sec. 10. (a) Each member of the board who is not a state employee is entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1(b). Such a member is also entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties, as provided in the state travel policies and procedures established by the department of administration and approved by the state budget agency.
    (b) Each member of the board who is a state employee but who is not a member of the general assembly is entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties, as provided in the state travel policies and procedures established by the department of administration and approved by the state budget agency.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.10; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.9.) As amended by P.L.149-1987, SEC.58.

IC 25-23-1-10.5
Temporary permits
    
Sec. 10.5. (a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice as a nurse to a nurse licensed to practice in another state or territory of the United States, who has applied to the board for licensure by endorsement and submitted proof of current licensure to the board. The permit is valid for ninety (90) days after issuance or upon denial of licensure by the board. The permit may be renewed by the board, for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, if, in the determination of the board, it is not possible to complete the application process in

that time period.
    (b) Persons holding a temporary permit to practice as a nurse are subject to the disciplinary provisions of this chapter and IC 25-1-9.
    (c) The board may establish by rule under IC 4-22-2 application procedures and requirements for the issuance of temporary permits under this section.
As added by P.L.169-1985, SEC.71. Amended by P.L.149-1987, SEC.59; P.L.152-1988, SEC.16; P.L.48-1991, SEC.38; P.L.243-1995, SEC.1.

IC 25-23-1-11
Requirements for registered nurse applicants; endorsement license; fees; use of title
    
Sec. 11. (a) Any person who applies to the board for a license to practice as a registered nurse must:
        (1) not have:
            (A) been convicted of a crime that has a direct bearing on the person's ability to practice competently; or
            (B) committed an act that would constitute a ground for a disciplinary sanction under IC 25-1-9;
        (2) have completed:
            (A) the prescribed curriculum and met the graduation requirements of a state accredited program of registered nursing that only accepts students who have a high school diploma or its equivalent as determined by the board; or
            (B) the prescribed curriculum and graduation requirements of a nursing education program in a foreign country that is substantially equivalent to a board approved program as determined by the board. The board may by rule adopted under IC 4-22-2 require an applicant under this subsection to successfully complete an examination approved by the board to measure the applicant's qualifications and background in the practice of nursing and proficiency in the English language; and
        (3) be physically and mentally capable of and professionally competent to safely engage in the practice of nursing as determined by the board.
The board may not require a person to have a baccalaureate degree in nursing as a prerequisite for licensure.
    (b) The applicant must pass an examination in such subjects as the board may determine.
    (c) The board may issue by endorsement a license to practice as a registered nurse to an applicant who has been licensed as a registered nurse, by examination, under the laws of another state if the applicant presents proof satisfactory to the board that, at the time that the applicant applies for an Indiana license by endorsement, the applicant holds a current license in another state and possesses credentials and qualifications that are substantially equivalent to requirements in Indiana for licensure by examination. The board may specify by rule what constitutes substantial equivalence under this

subsection.
    (d) The board may issue by endorsement a license to practice as a registered nurse to an applicant who:
        (1) has completed the English version of the:
            (A) Canadian Nurse Association Testing Service Examination (CNAT); or
            (B) Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE);
        (2) achieved the passing score required on the examination at the time the examination was taken;
        (3) is currently licensed in a Canadian province or in another state; and
        (4) meets the other requirements under this section.
    (e) Each applicant for examination and registration to practice as a registered nurse shall pay a fee set by the board, a part of which must be used for the rehabilitation of impaired registered nurses and impaired licensed practical nurses. Payment of the fee or fees shall be made by the applicant prior to the date of examination. The lesser of the following amounts from fees collected under this subsection shall be deposited in the impaired nurses account of the state general fund established by section 34 of this chapter:
        (1) Twenty-five percent (25%) of the license application fee per license applied for under this section.
        (2) The cost per license to operate the impaired nurses program, as determined by the Indiana professional licensing agency.
    (f) Any person who holds a license to practice as a registered nurse in:
        (1) Indiana; or
        (2) a party state (as defined in IC 25-23.3-2-11);
may use the title "Registered Nurse" and the abbreviation "R.N.". No other person shall practice or advertise as or assume the title of registered nurse or use the abbreviation of "R.N." or any other words, letters, signs, or figures to indicate that the person using same is a registered nurse.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.11; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.10; Acts 1974, P.L.119, SEC.3; Acts 1975, P.L.272, SEC.1.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.163; Acts 1982, P.L.113, SEC.58; P.L.169-1985, SEC.72; P.L.149-1987, SEC.60; P.L.152-1988, SEC.17; P.L.48-1991, SEC.39; P.L.33-1993, SEC.30; P.L.181-1996, SEC.1; P.L.236-1999, SEC.1; P.L.181-2002, SEC.6; P.L.1-2007, SEC.173; P.L.134-2008, SEC.29.

IC 25-23-1-12
Requirements for practical nurse applicants; endorsement license; fees; use of title
    
Sec. 12. (a) A person who applies to the board for a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse must:
        (1) not have been convicted of:
            (A) an act which would constitute a ground for disciplinary sanction under IC 25-1-9; or
            (B) a crime that has a direct bearing on the person's ability

to practice competently;
        (2) have completed:
            (A) the prescribed curriculum and met the graduation requirements of a state accredited program of practical nursing that only accepts students who have a high school diploma or its equivalent, as determined by the board; or
            (B) the prescribed curriculum and graduation requirements of a nursing education program in a foreign country that is substantially equivalent to a board approved program as determined by the board. The board may by rule adopted under IC 4-22-2 require an applicant under this subsection to successfully complete an examination approved by the board to measure the applicant's qualifications and background in the practice of nursing and proficiency in the English language; and
        (3) be physically and mentally capable of, and professionally competent to, safely engage in the practice of practical nursing as determined by the board.
    (b) The applicant must pass an examination in such subjects as the board may determine.
    (c) The board may issue by endorsement a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse to an applicant who has been licensed as a licensed practical nurse, by examination, under the laws of another state if the applicant presents proof satisfactory to the board that, at the time of application for an Indiana license by endorsement, the applicant possesses credentials and qualifications that are substantially equivalent to requirements in Indiana for licensure by examination. The board may specify by rule what shall constitute substantial equivalence under this subsection.
    (d) Each applicant for examination and registration to practice as a practical nurse shall pay a fee set by the board, a part of which must be used for the rehabilitation of impaired registered nurses and impaired licensed practical nurses. Payment of the fees shall be made by the applicant before the date of examination. The lesser of the following amounts from fees collected under this subsection shall be deposited in the impaired nurses account of the state general fund established by section 34 of this chapter:
        (1) Twenty-five percent (25%) of the license application fee per license applied for under this section.
        (2) The cost per license to operate the impaired nurses program, as determined by the Indiana professional licensing agency.
    (e) Any person who holds a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse in:
        (1) Indiana; or
        (2) a party state (as defined in IC 25-23.3-2-11);
may use the title "Licensed Practical Nurse" and the abbreviation "L.P.N.". No other person shall practice or advertise as or assume the title of licensed practical nurse or use the abbreviation of "L.P.N." or any other words, letters, signs, or figures to indicate that the person using them is a licensed practical nurse.


(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.12; Acts 1951, c.34, s.1; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.11.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.164; Acts 1982, P.L.113, SEC.59; P.L.169-1985, SEC.73; P.L.149-1987, SEC.61; P.L.152-1988, SEC.18; P.L.33-1993, SEC.31; P.L.181-2002, SEC.7; P.L.1-2007, SEC.174; P.L.134-2008, SEC.30.

IC 25-23-1-13
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)

IC 25-23-1-13.1
Certified nurse midwives
    
Sec. 13.1. (a) An applicant who desires to practice certified nurse midwifery shall present to the board the applicant's license as a registered nurse and a diploma earned by the applicant from a school of midwifery approved or licensed by the board or licensing agency for midwives that is located in any state.
    (b) The applicant shall submit to an examination in certified nurse midwifery prescribed or administered by the board. If the application and qualifications are approved by the board, the applicant is entitled to receive a license that allows the applicant to practice midwifery as a certified nurse midwife.
    (c) The board shall adopt rules under section 7 of this chapter:
        (1) defining the scope of practice of a certified nurse midwife; and
        (2) for implementing this section.
    (d) A certified nurse who holds a license to practice midwifery under this section (formerly referred to as a "midwife" before the repeal of IC 34-18-2-19) shall, beginning July 1, 2013, be known as a "certified nurse midwife".
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.6. Amended by P.L.232-2013, SEC.19.

IC 25-23-1-14
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)

IC 25-23-1-15
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)

IC 25-23-1-16
Repealed
    
(Repealed by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.296.)

IC 25-23-1-16.1
Expiration of license; renewal; fee
    
Sec. 16.1. (a) A license to practice as a registered nurse expires on October 31 in each odd-numbered year. Failure to renew the license on or before the expiration date will automatically render the license

invalid without any action by the board.
    (b) A license to practice as a licensed practical nurse expires on October 31 in each even-numbered year. Failure to renew the license on or before the expiration date will automatically render the license invalid without any action by the board.
    (c) The procedures and fee for renewal shall be set by the board.
    (d) At the time of license renewal, each registered nurse and each licensed practical nurse shall pay a renewal fee, a portion of which shall be for the rehabilitation of impaired registered nurses and impaired licensed practical nurses. The lesser of the following amounts from fees collected under this subsection shall be deposited in the impaired nurses account of the state general fund established by section 34 of this chapter:
        (1) Twenty-five percent (25%) of the license renewal fee per license renewed under this section.
        (2) The cost per license to operate the impaired nurses program, as determined by the Indiana professional licensing agency.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.168. Amended by P.L.169-1985, SEC.74; P.L.149-1987, SEC.62; P.L.127-1994, SEC.2; P.L.181-2002, SEC.8; P.L.1-2006, SEC.451; P.L.134-2008, SEC.31.

IC 25-23-1-17
Receipts; use and disposition
    
Sec. 17. All moneys received shall be deposited with the treasurer of state at the end of each month and be placed by him in the general fund of the state. The expenses of said board shall be paid from the general fund upon appropriation being made therefrom in the manner provided for the making of such appropriations.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.17.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.169.

IC 25-23-1-18
Failure to renew license; reinstatement; fee
    
Sec. 18. (a) Any person who fails to renew a license before it expires shall be reinstated by the board upon meeting the requirements under IC 25-1-8-6.
    (b) A person who fails to apply to reinstate a license under this section within three (3) years after the date it expires may be issued a license by the board if the person meets the requirements under IC 25-1-8-6.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.18; Acts 1951, c.34, s.4; Acts 1971, P.L.376, SEC.15; Acts 1975, P.L.272, SEC.4.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.170; P.L.169-1985, SEC.75; P.L.48-1991, SEC.40; P.L.33-1993, SEC.32; P.L.269-2001, SEC.17.

IC 25-23-1-19
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.149-1987, SEC.120.)


IC 25-23-1-19.4
Advanced practice nurses; collaboration with licensed practitioner
    
Sec. 19.4. (a) As used in this section, "practitioner" has the meaning set forth in IC 16-42-19-5. However, the term does not include the following:
        (1) A veterinarian.
        (2) An advanced practice nurse.
        (3) A physician assistant.
    (b) An advanced practice nurse shall operate in collaboration with a licensed practitioner as evidenced by a practice agreement, or by privileges granted by the governing board of a hospital licensed under IC 16-21 with the advice of the medical staff of the hospital that sets forth the manner in which an advanced practice nurse and a licensed practitioner will cooperate, coordinate, and consult with each other in the provision of health care to their patients.
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.7. Amended by P.L.105-2008, SEC.43.

IC 25-23-1-19.5
Advanced practice nurses; authority to prescribe legend drugs
    
Sec. 19.5. (a) The board shall establish a program under which advanced practice nurses who meet the requirements established by the board are authorized to prescribe legend drugs, including controlled substances (as defined in IC 35-48-1).
    (b) The authority granted by the board under this section:
        (1) expires on October 31 of the odd-numbered year following the year the authority was granted or renewed; and
        (2) is subject to renewal indefinitely for successive periods of two (2) years.
    (c) The rules adopted under section 7 of this chapter concerning the authority of advanced practice nurses to prescribe legend drugs must do the following:
        (1) Require an advanced practice nurse or a prospective advanced practice nurse who seeks the authority to submit an application to the board.
        (2) Require, as a prerequisite to the initial granting of the authority, the successful completion by the applicant of a graduate level course in pharmacology providing at least two (2) semester hours of academic credit.
        (3) Require, as a condition of the renewal of the authority, the completion by the advanced practice nurse of the continuing education requirements set out in section 19.7 of this chapter.
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.8. Amended by P.L.83-2000, SEC.1.

IC 25-23-1-19.6
Advanced practice nurses; prescriptions; identification numbers
    
Sec. 19.6. (a) When the board grants authority to an advanced practice nurse to prescribe legend drugs under this chapter, the board shall assign an identification number to the advanced practice nurse.
    (b) An advanced practice nurse who is granted authority by the

board to prescribe legend drugs must do the following:
        (1) Enter on each prescription form that the advanced practice nurse uses to prescribe a legend drug:
            (A) the signature of the advanced practice nurse;
            (B) initials indicating the credentials awarded to the advanced practice nurse under this chapter; and
            (C) the identification number assigned to the advanced practice nurse under subsection (a).
        (2) Comply with all applicable state and federal laws concerning prescriptions for legend drugs.
    (c) An advanced practice nurse may be granted authority to prescribe legend drugs under this chapter only within the scope of practice of the advanced practice nurse and the scope of the licensed collaborating health practitioner.
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.9.

IC 25-23-1-19.7
Renewal of prescriptive authority
    
Sec. 19.7. (a) This subsection applies to an applicant for renewal who has never received a renewal of prescriptive authority under section 19.5 of this chapter and whose prescriptive authority has never lapsed. If the applicant was initially granted prescriptive authority:
        (1) less than twelve (12) months before the expiration date of the prescriptive authority, no continuing education is required; or
        (2) at least twelve (12) months before the expiration date of the prescriptive authority, the applicant shall, subject to IC 25-1-4-3, attest to the board that the applicant has successfully completed at least fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education. The hours must:
            (A) be completed after the prescriptive authority was granted and before the expiration of the prescriptive authority;
            (B) include at least four (4) contact hours of pharmacology; and
            (C) be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for nurses, approved by the board, and listed by the Indiana professional licensing agency as approved hours.
    (b) This subsection applies to an applicant for renewal of prescriptive authority under section 19.5 of this chapter who is not described in subsection (a). The applicant shall, subject to IC 25-1-4-3, attest to the board that the applicant has successfully completed at least thirty (30) contact hours of continuing education. The hours must:
        (1) be completed within the two (2) years immediately preceding the renewal;
        (2) include at least eight (8) contact hours of pharmacology; and
        (3) be approved by a nationally approved sponsor of continuing education for nurses, be approved by the board, and be listed by

the Indiana professional licensing agency as approved hours.
As added by P.L.83-2000, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.269-2001, SEC.18; P.L.1-2006, SEC.452.

IC 25-23-1-19.8
Audit; procedure; provide information to board; order to show cause; hearing; divulging records to professional licensing agency; immunity from liability
    
Sec. 19.8. (a) Before December 31 of an even-numbered year, the Indiana professional licensing agency or the agency's designee shall randomly audit at least one percent (1%) but not more than ten percent (10%) of the practice agreements of advanced practice nurses with authority to prescribe legend drugs under section 19.5 of this chapter to determine whether the practice agreement meets the requirements of this chapter or rules adopted by the board.
    (b) The Indiana professional licensing agency shall establish an audit procedure, which may include the following:
        (1) Requiring the advanced practice nurse to provide the agency with a copy of verification of attendance at or completion of a continuing education course or program the advanced practice nurse attended during the previous two (2) years.
        (2) Requiring the advanced practice nurse and the licensed practitioner who have entered into a practice agreement to submit information on a form prescribed by the agency that must include a sworn statement signed by the advanced practice nurse and the licensed practitioner that the parties are operating within the terms of the practice agreement and the requirements under this chapter or rules adopted by the board.
        (3) Reviewing patient health records and other patient information at the practice location or by requiring the submission of accurate copies to determine if the parties are operating within the terms of the practice agreement and the requirements under this chapter or rules adopted by the board.
        (4) After a reasonable determination that the advanced practice nurse and the licensed practitioner who have entered into a practice agreement are not operating within the terms of the practice agreement, requiring the parties to appear before the agency or the agency's designee to provide evidence of compliance with the practice agreement.
    (c) Not more than sixty (60) days after the completion of the audit required in subsection (a), the Indiana professional licensing agency shall provide the board with the following:
        (1) A summary of the information obtained in the audit.
        (2) A statement regarding whether an advanced practice nurse and a licensed practitioner who have entered into a practice agreement that is audited under subsection (a) are operating within the terms of the practice agreement.
The agency shall also provide a copy of the information described in this subsection to the board that regulates the licensed practitioner.
    (d) The Indiana professional licensing agency may cause to be

served upon the advanced practice nurse an order to show cause to the board as to why the board should not impose disciplinary sanctions under IC 25-1-9-9 on the advanced practice nurse for the advanced practice nurse's failure to comply with:
        (1) an audit conducted under this section; or
        (2) the requirements of a practice agreement under this chapter.
    (e) Except for a violation concerning continuing education requirements under IC 25-1-4, the board shall hold a hearing in accordance with IC 4-21.5 and state the date, time, and location of the hearing in the order served under subsection (d).
    (f) The board that regulates the licensed practitioner may cause to be served upon the licensed practitioner an order to show cause to the board as to why the board should not impose disciplinary sanctions under IC 25-1-9-9 on the licensed practitioner for the licensed practitioner's failure to comply with:
        (1) an audit conducted under this section; or
        (2) the requirements of a practice agreement under this chapter.
    (g) The board that regulates the licensed practitioner shall hold a hearing in accordance with IC 4-21.5 and state the date, time, and location of the hearing in the order served under subsection (f).
    (h) An order to show cause issued under this section must comply with the notice requirements of IC 4-21.5.
    (i) The licensed practitioner may divulge health records and other patient information to the Indiana professional licensing agency or the agency's designee. The licensed practitioner is immune from civil liability for any action based upon release of the patient information under this section.
As added by P.L.158-2003, SEC.7. Amended by P.L.1-2006, SEC.453; P.L.157-2006, SEC.62.

IC 25-23-1-20
Application for nursing education program; employment of registered nurses
    
Sec. 20. (a) Any institution which desires to conduct a nursing education program shall apply to the board and submit evidence that:
        (1) it is prepared to give a minimum curriculum of organized instruction and clinical experience in nursing in conformity to the provisions of this chapter and the rules of the board. Such instruction and experience may be secured in one (1) or more institutions or agencies approved by the board; and
        (2) it is prepared to meet other standards established by this chapter and by the board.
    (b) An institution that conducts a nursing education program may employ a person who:
        (1) is a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing; and
        (2) has at least three (3) years of experience in nursing in the previous six (6) years;
to instruct nursing students on a part-time basis for the purpose of clinical instruction.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.20; Acts 1951, c.34, s.6.) As amended

by Acts 1982, P.L.154, SEC.81; P.L.149-1987, SEC.63; P.L.177-2009, SEC.43.

IC 25-23-1-21
Survey of board; approval; surveys of accredited schools
    
Sec. 21. (a) A survey of the institution or institutions of which the nursing education program is a part and of institutions affiliating with the nursing education program shall be made by the a designated representative of the board. The surveyor shall submit a written report of the survey to the board. If, in the opinion of the board, the requirements for an accredited school of nursing are met, it shall approve the school as an accredited school of nursing.
    (b) From time to time as considered necessary by the board, it shall be the duty of the board, through a designated representative of the board, to survey all nursing education programs in the state. Written reports of such surveys shall be submitted to the board. If the board determines that any accredited nursing education program is not maintaining the standards required by the statutes and by the board, notice in writing specifying the defect or defects shall be immediately given to the nursing education program. A nursing education program which fails to correct these conditions to the satisfaction of the board within a reasonable time shall be removed from the list of accredited nursing education programs.
    (c) The board may elect to utilize a nursing education program's accreditation by a national accrediting body approved by the board and the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) as evidence that the program has met all or part of the required state standards and prescribed curricula for continuing accreditation of nursing education programs.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.21.) As amended by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.172; P.L.149-1987, SEC.64.

IC 25-23-1-21.5
Education compliance officer
    
Sec. 21.5. The board may hire an education compliance officer who reports directly to the director of the board to oversee and perform the educational duties required under this chapter.
As added by P.L.74-2013, SEC.1.

IC 25-23-1-22
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.149-1987, SEC.120.)

IC 25-23-1-23
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.149-1987, SEC.120.)

IC 25-23-1-24
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.169-1985, SEC.97.)



IC 25-23-1-25
Repealed
    
(Repealed by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.296.)

IC 25-23-1-25.1
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.152-1988, SEC.30.)

IC 25-23-1-26
Duty of attorney general
    
Sec. 26. It shall be the duty of the attorney-general to represent the board in any court in which an action may be filed for the review of an order of the board. The attorney-general may, at his discretion, call to his assistance in such action, the prosecuting attorney of the county in which such action is filed.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.26.)

IC 25-23-1-27
Violations; penalty
    
Sec. 27. A person who:
        (1) sells or fraudulently obtains or furnishes any nursing diploma, license or record;
        (2) practices nursing under cover of any diploma or license or record illegally or fraudulently obtained or assigned or issued unlawfully or under fraudulent representation;
        (3) practices nursing as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse unless licensed to do so under this chapter or IC 25-23.3;
        (4) uses in connection with the person's name any designation tending to imply that the person is a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse unless licensed to practice under this chapter or IC 25-23.3;
        (5) practices nursing during the time the person's license issued under this chapter or IC 25-23.3 is suspended or revoked;
        (6) conducts a school of nursing or a program for the training of practical nurses unless the school or program has been accredited by the board; or
        (7) otherwise violates this chapter;
commits a Class B misdemeanor.
(Formerly: Acts 1949, c.159, s.27; Acts 1974, P.L.119, SEC.4.) As amended by Acts 1978, P.L.2, SEC.2543; Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.175; P.L.181-2002, SEC.9; P.L.1-2007, SEC.175; P.L.134-2008, SEC.32.

IC 25-23-1-27.1
Limitations on application of chapter; "licensed health professional" defined
    
Sec. 27.1. (a) As used in this section, "licensed health professional" means:
        (1) a registered nurse;


        (2) a licensed practical nurse;
        (3) a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine;
        (4) a licensed dentist;
        (5) a licensed chiropractor;
        (6) a licensed optometrist;
        (7) a licensed pharmacist;
        (8) a licensed physical therapist;
        (9) a licensed psychologist;
        (10) a licensed podiatrist; or
        (11) a licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
    (b) This chapter does not prohibit:
        (1) furnishing nursing assistance in an emergency;
        (2) the practice of nursing by any student enrolled in a board approved nursing education program where such practice is incidental to the student's program of study;
        (3) the practice of any nurse who is employed by the government of the United States or any of its bureaus, divisions, or agencies while in the discharge of the nurse's official duties;
        (4) the gratuitous care of sick, injured, or infirm individuals by friends or the family of that individual;
        (5) the care of the sick, injured, or infirm in the home for compensation if the person assists only:
            (A) with personal care;
            (B) in the administration of a domestic or family remedy; or
            (C) in the administration of a remedy that is ordered by a licensed health professional and that is within the scope of practice of the licensed health professional under Indiana law;
        (6) performance of tasks by persons who provide health care services which are delegated or ordered by licensed health professionals, if the delegated or ordered tasks do not exceed the scope of practice of the licensed health professionals under Indiana law;
        (7) a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine in Indiana, a licensed dentist, chiropractor, dental hygienist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, podiatrist, psychologist, speech-language pathologist, or audiologist from practicing the person's profession;
        (8) a school corporation or school employee from acting under IC 34-30-14;
        (9) a personal services attendant from providing authorized attendant care services under IC 12-10-17.1; or
        (10) an attendant who provides attendant care services (as defined in IC 16-18-2-28.5).
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.176. Amended by P.L.169-1985, SEC.78; P.L.149-1987, SEC.66; P.L.156-1988, SEC.2; P.L.255-2001, SEC.18; P.L.212-2005, SEC.21; P.L.141-2006, SEC.107.

IC 25-23-1-27.2
Injunction from continuing violation of chapter; punishment
    
Sec. 27.2. The attorney general, the board, the prosecuting attorney, or any citizen of any county in which a person violates this article may maintain an action in the name of the state to enjoin the person from continuing in violation of this article. A person who is enjoined and who violates an injunction shall be punished for contempt of court. An injunction issued under this section does not relieve a person from criminal prosecution but is in addition to any remedy provided under criminal law.
As added by P.L.149-1987, SEC.67.

IC 25-23-1-27.5
Repealed
    
(Repealed by Acts 1981, P.L.222, SEC.296.)

IC 25-23-1-28
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.134-2008, SEC.52.)

IC 25-23-1-29
Practitioners of Church of Christ Scientist
    
Sec. 29. (a) This chapter does not apply to a nurse practicing in accordance with the practice and principles of the body known as the Church of Christ Scientist.
    (b) A sanitarium, nursing home, or rest home provided that it is listed and certified by the Commission for Accreditation of Christian Science Nursing Organizations/Facilities, Inc. does not have to comply with any rule adopted by the board, except a rule that concerns the following:
        (1) The sanitary and safe conditions of the premises.
        (2) The cleanliness of operation.
        (3) The physical equipment.
    (c) The chapter does not apply to a person if:
        (1) the person is licensed as a nurse in another jurisdiction;
        (2) the person is employed by an individual, an agency, or a legal business entity located in that jurisdiction;
        (3) the person's employment responsibilities include transporting a patient between jurisdictions;
        (4) no trip made by the person into Indiana for the purpose of transporting a patient lasts more than seventy-two (72) hours; and
        (5) the person does not make more than six (6) trips into Indiana for the purpose of transporting a patient during any twelve (12) month period.
As added by P.L.187-1991, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.1-1992, SEC.132; P.L.185-1993, SEC.10; P.L.111-1996, SEC.3.

IC 25-23-1-30
Administration of anesthesia by certified registered nurse

anesthetist
    
Sec. 30. (a) A certified registered nurse anesthetist may administer anesthesia if the certified registered nurse anesthetist acts under the direction of and in the immediate presence of a physician.
    (b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as requiring a certified registered nurse anesthetist to obtain prescriptive authority to administer anesthesia under subsection (a).
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.11. Amended by P.L.177-2009, SEC.44.

IC 25-23-1-31
Rehabilitation of impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse; use of information after noncompliance
    
Sec. 31. (a) As used in this section, "impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse" means a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who has been affected by the use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
    (b) The board shall assist in the rehabilitation of an impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
    (c) The board may do the following:
        (1) Enter into agreements, provide grants, and make other arrangements with statewide nonprofit professional associations, foundations, or other entities specifically devoted to the rehabilitation of impaired health care professionals to identify and assist impaired registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
        (2) Accept and designate grants, public and private financial assistance, and licensure fees to fund programs under subdivision (1) to assist impaired registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
    (d) Except as provided in subsection (f), all:
        (1) information furnished to a nonprofit professional association, foundation, or other entity specifically devoted to the rehabilitation of impaired health care professionals, including interviews, reports, statements, and memoranda; and
        (2) findings, conclusions, or recommendations that result from a proceeding of the professional association, foundation, or other entity specifically devoted to the rehabilitation of impaired health care professionals;
are privileged and confidential.
    (e) The records of a proceeding under subsection (d) may be used only in the exercise of proper functions of the board, and may not become public records or subject to a subpoena or discovery proceeding.
    (f) Information received by the board from the board designated rehabilitation program for noncompliance by the registered nurse or licensed practical nurse may be used by the board in any disciplinary or criminal proceedings instituted against the impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
    (g) The board designated rehabilitation program shall:


        (1) immediately report to the board the name and results of any contact or investigation concerning an impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who the program believes constitutes a certain, immediate, and impending danger to either the public or the impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse; and
        (2) in a timely fashion report to the board an impaired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse:
            (A) who refuses to cooperate with the program;
            (B) who refuses to submit to treatment; or
            (C) whose impairment is not substantially or significantly alleviated through treatment, as determined by accepted medical standards.
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.12. Amended by P.L.243-1995, SEC.2; P.L.181-2002, SEC.10.

IC 25-23-1-33
Professing to be nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist; use of title
    
Sec. 33. (a) An individual may not:
        (1) profess to be a nurse practitioner; or
        (2) use the title "nurse practitioner";
unless the individual is a nurse practitioner.
    (b) An individual may not:
        (1) profess to be a clinical nurse specialist; or
        (2) use the title "clinical nurse specialist";
unless the individual is a clinical nurse specialist.
As added by P.L.185-1993, SEC.13.

IC 25-23-1-34
Impaired nurses account
    
Sec. 34. (a) The impaired nurses account is established within the state general fund for the purposes of providing money for:
        (1) providing rehabilitation of impaired registered nurses or licensed practical nurses under this article;
        (2) funding the education compliance officer provided for under section 21.5 of this chapter; and
        (3) carrying out any of the duties of the board.
The account shall be administered by the Indiana professional licensing agency.
    (b) Expenses of administering the account shall be paid from money in the account. The account consists of the following:
        (1) Funds collected for the rehabilitation of impaired registered nurses and impaired licensed practical nurses under sections 11(e), 12(d), and 16.1(d) of this chapter.
        (2) Funds collected under section 31(c)(2) of this chapter.
        (3) Fines collected from registered nurses or licensed practical nurses under IC 25-1-9-9(a)(6).
    (c) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the account not currently needed to meet the obligations of the account in the same manner as other public money may be invested.


    (d) Money in the account is appropriated to the board for the purposes stated in subsection (a).
    (e) The amount paid from the impaired nurses account in a state fiscal year for the purposes stated in subsection (a)(2) and (a)(3) may not exceed twelve and one-half percent (12.5%) of the average yearly revenue of the impaired nurses account for the two (2) preceding state fiscal years.
As added by P.L.127-1994, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.181-2002, SEC.11; P.L.1-2006, SEC.454; P.L.1-2007, SEC.176; P.L.134-2008, SEC.33; P.L.74-2013, SEC.2.