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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 1028 (Patterson)
          As Amended  June 10, 2013
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |75-0 |(May 9, 2013)   |SENATE: |37-0 |(August 19,    |
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           Original Committee Reference:    B.,P. & C.P.  

           SUMMARY  :  Authorizes an applicant for licensure as a vocational  
          nurse (VN) to submit an application for an interim permit (IP)  
          at the same time as the applicant submits his or her application  
          for licensure by examination, and requires the Board of  
          Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) to issue  
          the IP, if it chooses to do so, within 60 days of receiving the  
          completed application.  

           The Senate amendments  give BVNPT discretion whether to issue the  
          IP, and if BVNPT chooses to issue the IP, it must be issued to  
          the applicant within 60 days of BVNPT receiving the completed  
          application. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee: 

          1)Potential one-time costs up to $75,000 for the amendment of  
            existing regulations by the Board of Vocational Nursing and  
            Psychiatric Technicians (Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric  
            Technicians Fund); and,

          2)Potential ongoing costs in the tens of thousands, up to about  
            $150,000 for additional interim permit application review,  
            offset by fee revenues (Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric  
            Technicians Fund).

           COMMENTS  :  According to the author, "Vocational nursing  
          applicants are currently experiencing extraordinary delays with  
          application processing times. AB 1028 aims to ensure that these  
          critical health care providers can begin working in a timely  
          manner once they have finished schooling and have entered the  
          licensing process with BVNPT by speeding up the process by which  
          they can apply for and receive an IP while they complete all  








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          board exams. 

          "This bill would not be altering the process already in code  
          regarding the interim permits that can be issued to these  
          nursing graduates, but it would be allowing the application  
          process for the interim permits to begin simultaneously with the  
          general application process, so that once all the currently  
          required information has been processed-including fingerprinting  
          and background check-the interim permit can be issued  
          immediately."

           Interim permits  . To obtain an IP, a VN candidate must be  
          approved to take the VN licensure exam.  An IP allows a VN  
          candidate to practice vocational nursing under the supervision  
          of a licensed VN or registered nurse while the candidate waits  
          for his or her first examination results (up to nine months).   
          If the candidate passes the exam, the IP continues to be valid  
          until BVNPT issues the VN license (up to six months).  An IP is  
          terminated upon notice that the candidate has failed the exam. 

          BVNPT last received a request for an IP in 2010; this may be due  
          in part to the fact that BVNPT does not promote IPs -- there is  
          no mention of the availability of an IP on BVNPT's Web site  
          under "licensing," nor does BVNPT offer an IP application online  
          as it does for its application for licensure by examination.    

           Processing delays  .  Although BVNPT's Web site states that  
          applications for licensure by examination take four to five  
          weeks to process, BVNPT acknowledges that it currently takes  
          8-12 weeks.  This is due primarily to staffing shortages; there  
          are presently eight vacancies in their licensing division.   
          BVNPT reports that an IP generally takes three to four weeks to  
          process, but this is not a current figure because they have not  
          received a request for an IP in over two years.

           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Sarah Huchel / B.,P. & C.P. / (916)  
          319-3301 


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