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Nurse Encroachment Bill in Kentucky Halted

Apr 20, 2016

A bill allowing nurse practitioners to perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures and to supervise radiologic technologists has been brought to a standstill in the Kentucky Senate thanks to the combined efforts of the ASRT and the Kentucky Society of Radiologic Technologists.

House Bill 296, which had passed in the Kentucky House during the legislative session, would have added advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), also known as nurse practitioners, to the list of licensed practitioners who are exempt from the existing Kentucky radiologic technologist licensure law. Once added to the list of licensed providers, the bill would have given nurses the authority to supervise radiologic technologists, just as physicians do now.

“We strongly support the Kentucky legislature’s decision to table H.B. 296,” said Jessica Stafford, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR), president of the KSRT. “It would not be in the best interest of Kentuckians to allow imaging or therapeutic procedures to be performed by those who have no education or training in such procedures. Nor is it in the best interest of our profession to allow those individuals to supervise medical imaging or radiation therapy professionals.“

According to Stafford, the Kentucky Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy investigated the educational criteria of nurse practitioners. Educational training in the APRN doctor of nursing practice or master’s curricula does not include instruction in radiation physics, radiobiology, radiation safety, radiation management or maintenance of documentation verifying successful completion.

More than 100 radiologic technologists in Kentucky sent letters to their state legislators opposing the measure. The bill is now tabled and will be discussed by stakeholders and lawmakers during the interim period before the next legislative session. The bill could be reintroduced in the next Kentucky legislative session.

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