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A08547 Summary:

BILL NOA08547
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04384
 
SPONSORSolages
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 3033, amd 3013, Pub Health L
 
Relates to allowing currently registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to provide volunteer emergency medical services for ambulance services and advanced life support first response services alongside emergency medical technicians and advanced emergency medical technicians.
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A08547 Actions:

BILL NOA08547
 
07/10/2017referred to higher education
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A08547 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8547
 
SPONSOR: Solages
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to allowing regis- tered nurses and licensed practical nurses to provide volunteer emergen- cy medical services   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation will allow registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to provide emergency volunteer medical services without obtaining an emergency medical technician certification.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 3033 of the Public Health Law, which allows currently registered nurses or licensed practical nurses to provide volunteer emergency medical services and advanced life support first response services without having to complete an emergency medical tech- nician training, examination certification program. Section 2 amends subdivisions 1 and 4 of section 3013 of the Public Health Law to allow registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who voluntarily and without the expectation of monetary compensation renders medical assistance in an emergency shall not be liable for any damages, injuries, and death sustained by their services.   JUSTIFICATION: Although the qualifications to become a registered nurse and licensed practical nurse are much more rigorous than obtaining an emergency medical technician certification, registered nurses and licensed practi- cal nurses cannot volunteer their services aboard an ambulance without an emergency technician certification. This bill would allow registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to volunteer their time and exper- tise on an ambulance under the supervision of a licensed emergency medical technician.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08547 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8547
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      July 10, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. SOLAGES -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  allowing  regis-
          tered  nurses and licensed practical nurses to provide volunteer emer-
          gency medical services
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
     2  3033 to read as follows:
     3    § 3033. Registered nurses or licensed  practical  nurses  volunteering
     4  emergency  medical  services.  Currently  registered  nurses or licensed
     5  practical nurses shall be able to provide  volunteer  emergency  medical
     6  services for ambulance services and advanced life support first response
     7  services  alongside emergency medical technicians and advanced emergency
     8  medical technicians without having to complete emergency medical techni-
     9  cian training, examination, or a certification program.
    10    § 2. Subdivisions 1 and 4 of section 3013 of the  public  health  law,
    11  subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 445 of the laws of 1993 and subdivi-
    12  sion  4  as  amended  by chapter 804 of the laws of 1992, are amended to
    13  read as follows:
    14    1. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of any general,  special
    15  or  local  law, a voluntary ambulance service or voluntary advanced life
    16  support first response service described in section three  thousand  one
    17  of  this article and any member thereof who is a certified first respon-
    18  der, an emergency medical  technician,  an  advanced  emergency  medical
    19  technician,  a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, or a person
    20  acting under the direction of  an  emergency  medical  technician  [or],
    21  advanced emergency medical technician, or a registered nurse or licensed
    22  practical  nurse,  and  who  voluntarily  and without the expectation of
    23  monetary compensation renders medical assistance in an  emergency  to  a
    24  person  who  is  unconscious,  ill  or  injured  shall not be liable for
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09038-03-7

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     1  damages for injuries alleged to have been sustained by  such  person  or
     2  for  damages  for  the  death of such person alleged to have occurred by
     3  reason of an act or omission in the rendering of such medical assistance
     4  in an emergency unless it is established that such injuries were or such
     5  death was caused by gross negligence on the part of such certified first
     6  responder,  emergency  medical  technician, registered nurse or licensed
     7  practical nurse or  advanced  emergency  medical  technician  or  person
     8  acting  under  the  direction of an emergency medical technician, regis-
     9  tered nurse or licensed practical nurse or  advanced  emergency  medical
    10  technician.
    11    4.  A  certified  first  responder, emergency medical technician [or],
    12  advanced emergency medical technician, or a registered nurse or licensed
    13  practical nurse, whether or not he or she is  acting  on  behalf  of  an
    14  ambulance  service  or advanced life support first response service, who
    15  voluntarily and without the expectation of monetary compensation renders
    16  medical assistance in an emergency to a person who is  unconscious,  ill
    17  or  injured  shall  not  be  liable  for  damages  alleged  to have been
    18  sustained by such person or for damages for the  death  of  such  person
    19  alleged  to have occurred by reason of an act or omission in the render-
    20  ing of such medical assistance in an emergency unless it is  established
    21  that  such injuries were or such death was caused by gross negligence on
    22  the  part  of  such  certified  first   responder,   emergency   medical
    23  technician,  registered  nurse  or  licensed practical nurse or advanced
    24  emergency medical technician.
    25    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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