Governor Pataki recently signed into law legislation recognizing practice authority of nurse practitioners under a variety of circumstances and settings. This legislation does not expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners. It corrects application of the current Education Law by recognizing that nurse practitioners are, pursuant to the law since 1989, authorized to conduct examinations, diagnose, prescribe and certify health status. This bill specifically addresses the examination of public school children for infectious or communicable diseases and writing of orders.
The legislation also verifies the authority of a nurse practitioner to prescribe home health aide and personal care services where not prohibited by federal law or regulations, perform the routine biennial examination required for bus drivers, and conduct examinations for persons applying for a license for nail specialty, normal hair styling, esthetics, and cosmetology.
This legislation took effect September 24, 2002.
For questions, contact Education, Practice and Research: 518.782.9400, ext. 282