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Governor Kelly Signs APRN Bill

Nurses (April 19, 2022) – Late last week, Governor Lara Kelly signed Senate Substitute for House Bill 2279. The legislation allows for advanced practice registered nurses to permit the prescribing of drugs without a supervising physician. The bill requires an applicant for initial licensure as an APRN, on and after July 1, 2023, to have a current APRN certification in such applicant's specific role and population focus granted by a national certifying organization recognized by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and whose certification standards are approved by the board as equal to or greater than the corresponding standards established by the board. The bill requires an APRN whose initial licensure was granted prior to July 1, 2023, to submit evidence of such certification to the board upon renewal.

The bill requires an APRN to maintain malpractice insurance coverage as a condition of rendering professional clinical services as an APRN in Kansas and provide proof of insurance at the time of licensure and renewal of license. But it does not apply to APRNs who:

  • Practice solely in employment for which the APRN is covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act or the Kansas Tort Claims Act;
  • Practice solely as a charitable health care provider under the Kansas Tort Claims Act; or
  • Is serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

KHA will continue to monitor the rules and regulations established by the Kansas State Board of Nursing related to the proposal ahead of the legislation's full implementation.