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Introduced by   Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Pugh of S. Burlington

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Mental health; nursing; practice; Vermont state hospital

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require nurses in the Vermont state hospital to meet the same standards as nurses in other facilities by repealing 26 V.S.A. § 1583(6), which exempts the work and duties of psychiatric technicians and other care attendants employed at the Vermont state hospital from the regulation of nursing practice.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  26 V.S.A. § 1583 is amended to read:


This chapter does not prohibit:

(1)  The furnishing of assistance in the case of an emergency or disaster.

(2)  The practice of nursing which is incidental to their program of study by persons enrolled in approved nursing education programs approved by the board, or graduates of approved nursing education programs pending the results of the first licensing examination scheduled by the board following graduation.  Graduates shall so practice under supervision of a professional nurse and shall have an application for registration and licensure by examination on file.

(3)  The practice of any nurse who is employed by the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, while in the discharge of her or his official duties.

(4)  The practice of nursing in this state by any currently licensed nurse whose engagement was made outside of this state but required the nurse to accompany and care for the patient while in Vermont.  This exception shall not exceed six months.

(5)  The care of the sick by domestic help of any type, whether employed regularly or because of illness, provided such person is employed primarily in a domestic capacity.

(6)  The work and duties of psychiatric technicians and other care attendants employed in the Vermont state hospital at Waterbury.  The agency of human services shall consult with the board regarding standards for the education of the technicians and care attendants.

(7)(6)  The work and duties of attendants in attendant care services programs.

(8)(7)  The practice of any other occupation or profession licensed under the laws of this state.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont