Board of Registered Nursing Continues to Undergo Contentious Sunset Review

By Hamdy M. Masri On March 14, 2022, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) published its 2022 Sunset Review Report in preparation for its third Sunset Review Oversight Hearing before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Continue reading

Board of Registered Nursing Issues Declaratory Decision with Precedential Effect on Administration of Medicinal Cannabis to Students

By Hamdy M. Masri At its February 16, 2022 meeting, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) unanimously voted to adopt a declaratory decision with precedential effect pursuant to section 11425.60 of the Government Code that “a registered nurse does not Continue reading

Board of Registered Nursing Sunset Review Ongoing and Extended to January 1, 2023

By Hamdy M. Masri On October 7, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the Board of Registered Nursing’s (BRN) sunset extension bill, AB 1532 (Committee on Business and Professions) (Chapter 628, Statutes of 2021), which extends the Board’s sunset date to January Continue reading

Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee to Send AB 890 Rulemaking Recommendations to the Full Board of Registered Nursing

By Hamdy M. Masri On August 31, 2021, and again on September 21, 2021, the Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee, an advisory committee created by the Board of Registered Nursing pursuant to AB 890 (Wood) (Chapter 265, Statutes of 2020), met Continue reading

California’s Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate Further Impacts Nursing Shortage

By Hamdy M. Masri On August 5, 2021, Tomás J. Aragón, the State Public Health Officer & Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), issued an order requiring that all healthcare workers in California be vaccinated against COVID-19. Continue reading

Board of Registered Nursing Undergoes Sunset Review

By Kendra J. Muller On January 1, 2021, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) published its Sunset Review Report in preparation for its Sunset Review Oversight Hearing before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Continue reading

Court of Appeal Grants Protective Order in Favor of the Board of Registered Nursing and Upholds Patient Privacy Rights

By Kendra J. Muller Board of Registered Nursing v. Johnson & Johnson et al., Case No. 30-2014-00725287 (Super. Ct., Orange County). On May 21, 2014, in The People of the State of California v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al., the Continue reading

Nurses Contend with the Suspension of Regulatory Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

By Kendra J. Muller On December 11, 2020, and again on January 24, 2021, Heidi W. Steinecker, Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced a suspension of regulatory enforcement for hospitals that is valid until March Continue reading

AB 890 Allows Nurse Practitioners to Expand Their Scope of Practice Despite Medical Board of California’s Opposition

By Ellen Williams AB 890 (Wood), as amended August 28, 2020, amends sections 650.01, 805, and 805.5 of, and adds Article 8.5 (commencing with section 2837.100) to the Business and Professions Code to authorize a two-tiered framework for certified nurse Continue reading

Board of Registered Nursing Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kendra J. Muller Starting in August 2020, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) took the following actions to address consumer protection and nursing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic: On August 11, 2020, BRN issued a news release stating Continue reading