RS 37:914     

§914. Louisiana State Board of Nursing; appointment of members; term of office; vacancy; officers; compensation

            A. The Louisiana State Board of Nursing is hereby created within the Louisiana Department of Health and subject to the provisions of R.S. 36:803.

            B.(1) The board shall be composed of eight registered nurses appointed by the governor from a list of names submitted by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, one certified registered nurse anesthetist appointed by the governor from a list of names submitted by the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Ltd., and two representatives of the consumers of Louisiana from the state at-large appointed by the governor, neither of whom shall be a nurse. Each board member shall possess all of the applicable qualifications provided in R.S. 37:916.

            (2) Each appointment by the governor shall be subject to Senate confirmation.

            C.(1) Effective January 1, 1996, board members shall serve the following staggered terms:

            (a) One nursing service administrator for a term of two years and one nursing service administrator for a term of three years.

            (b) Two nursing educators for a term of two years and one nursing educator for a term of one year.

            (c) Three members who are engaged in other areas of nurse practice; one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of three years.

            (d) One advanced practice registered nurse for a term of four years.

            (e) One physician for a term of two years, and one physician for a term of three years.

            (2) Thereafter, each individual appointed to the board shall serve a term of four years.

            (3)(a) Any board member serving on January 1, 1996, shall thereafter be appointed for no more than two consecutive four-year terms.

            (b) On or after January 1, 1996, no individual shall be appointed to serve more than two consecutive four-year terms.

            (4) The effective date of appointment or reappointment of a member shall coincide with the expiration date of the previous term.

            (5) Each member shall serve until his successor has been appointed and confirmed.

            (6) Upon the expiration of the term of any member or in the event of a vacancy for any reason, the appropriate nominating organization shall submit to the governor the names of two qualified persons for each vacancy to be filled.

            (7) A vacancy occurring on the board for any reason shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made. However, members appointed to fill vacancies shall serve only for the unexpired term of their predecessors.

            D. The board shall elect a president, vice president, and such other officers as it considers necessary to carry out the duties and functions of the board.

            E. Each member of the board shall receive seventy-five dollars a day and reimbursement for actual expenses and mileage at the same rate set by the division of administration for state employees under the provisions of R.S. 39:231 for each day in actual attendance at board meetings or for representing the board in an official board-approved activity.

            Acts 1976, No. 351, §1. Amended by Acts 1977, No. 684, §5; Acts 1995, No. 633, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 2004, No. 733, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Acts 2016, No. 598, §1.