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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  May 26, 2017
    Volume 44• Issue 11 • Page 531
    Title 10
    Subtitle 27 BOARD OF NURSING
    10.27.07 Practice of the Nurse Practitioner
    Authority: Health Occupations Article, §8-205(a)(1), (2), (4), and (5), Annotated Code of Maryland; Ch. 342, Acts of 2015
    Notice of Proposed Action
    The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 10.27.07 Practice of the Nurse Practitioner. This action was considered by the Board at its regular monthly meeting on January 25, 2017, notice of which was given by publication on the Board’s website in November and December of 2016 and January 1, 2017, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c) Annotated Code of Maryland.
    Statement of Purpose
    The purpose of this action is to amend the Board of Nursing’s regulation to correspond to Ch. 342, Acts of 2015, which repealed the authority of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to conduct educational training programs for the administration of emergency epinephrine in order to certify individuals under the “Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Program” which is now the “Emergency and Allergy Treatment Program”. This legislation also repealed the requirement that physicians and nurse practitioners conduct the educational training program to certify individuals in the administration of emergency epinephrine. Accordingly, this amendment repeals the provision authorizing certified registered nurse practitioners to conduct education and training for certifying individuals under the “Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Program” in the Department.
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    The proposed action has no economic impact.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
    Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to dhmh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through June 26, 2017. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .02 Nurse Practitioner — Scope and Standards of Practice.
    A. A nurse practitioner may independently perform the following functions:
    (1)—(5) (text unchanged)
    [(6) In accordance with Health General Article, §13-704, Annotated Code of Maryland, conduct education and training to certify individuals for the Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Program;]
    [(7)] (6)[(16)] (15) (text unchanged)
    Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene