It's been nearly a year since Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the much debated* bill (S.B. 614/H.B. 5656) into law on Monday, June 17, making Rhode Island the 40th state in the Union to have no supervision requirement for CRNAs in its nurse practice acts or board of nursing rules and regulations.
The law removed the phrases “under the supervision of” and replaced them with “in collaboration with,” to define CRNA practice with anesthesiologists, licensed physicians, and licensed dentists in the state’s Nurse Practice Act.
Today CRNAs across the Ocean State can now view the long awaited implementation of the 2013 law in the recently revised RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE LICENSING OF NURSES and STANDARDS FOR THE APPROVAL OF BASIC NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAMS which was submitted as a "PUBLIC HEARING DRAFT –REVISED" on June 6th, 2014". Visit the Department of Health Website Here and look to the right sidebar under "draft nursing rules".
Congratulations Rhode Island CRNAs on an accomplishment well deserved and well won!
* listen to original testimony by clicking here . (The audio file is on page 3, last file in the second row: date 4/10/2013. Pertinent testimony min 54:29-113)