In December 2017, New York State became the first in the nation to require that new registered nurses earn a baccalaureate degree or higher within 10 years of licensure. The new educational requirement does not affect nurses who are already in practice.
Senate Bill S1869A amends New York State Public Health Law to allow attending nurse practitioners (NPs) to sign Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST).
NYSDOH Adopts Emergency Regulation to Allow Facilities to Become Designated Caregivers under the Medical Marijuana Program
Effective October 5, 2017, the Department of Health adopted an emergency regulation to allow certain types of facilities to become designated caregivers for patients who are certified to receive medical marijuana under New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program.
NYS Department of Health (DOH) regulations allow patients to self-administer medical marijuana in the facility during their hospital stay. Facilities that allow patients to self-administer any medications should ensure that all aspects of the regulation are included in their policies and procedures.