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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1686        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1492


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Kay Khan


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act creating a nursing advisory board.






Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Patricia D. Jehlen


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1686        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1492

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1492) of Kay Khan and others for legislation to establish a nursing advisory board within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.  Public Health. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2086 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act creating a nursing advisory board.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

               SECTION 1.  The General Court hereby finds that there exists a nursing shortage in the

              Commonwealth and that the shortage of qualified nurses will increase in the near future.  The

              General Court further finds that the Commonwealth shall provide a forum for long-range

              planning and policy development among nursing leaders.  This forum will exist to ensure that the

              Commonwealth meets the nursing and healthcare needs of its citizens. 

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 6A of the General Laws as so appearing in the 2004 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after section 16G the following section:—

              Section 16H.  A nursing advisory board is hereby established within, but not subject to the control of, the executive office of health and human services.  The advisory board shall consist of 8 members who shall have a demonstrated background in nursing or health services research and who shall represent the continuum of health care settings and services, including, but not limited to, long-term institutional care, acute care, community-based care, public health, school care, advanced practice, psychiatric nursing, and higher education in nursing.  The members shall be appointed by the governor from a list of 10 individuals recommended by the board of registration in nursing and a list of 10 persons recommended by the Massachusetts Center for Nursing, Inc.  The advisory board shall elect a chair from among its members and adopt bylaws for its proceedings.  Members shall be appointed for staggered terms of 3 years, except for persons appointed to fill vacancies who shall serve for the balance of the unexpired term.  No member shall serve more than 2 consecutive full terms.

              The advisory board shall:—

              (a)  advise the governor and the general court on matters related to the practice of nursing, including the shortage of nurses across the commonwealth in all settings and services, including advanced practice nursing, long-term institutional care, acute care, community-based care, public health, school care, and higher education in nursing;

              (b)  subject to appropriation, develop a research agenda, apply for federal and private research grants, and commission and fund research projects to fulfill the agenda;

              (c)  recommend policy initiatives to the governor and the general court;

              (d)  prepare an annual report and disseminate the report to the governor, the general court, the secretary of health and human services, the director of labor and workforce development and the commissioner of public health; and

              (e)  consider the use of current government resources, including, but not limited to the workforce training fund.

              Any funds granted to the advisory board shall be deposited with the state treasurer and may be expended by the advisory board in accordance with the conditions of the grants, without specific appropriation.  The advisory board may expend for services and other expenses any amounts that the general court may appropriate therefore.  Said advisory board shall conduct at least 1 public hearing during each year.

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