AN ACT AUTHORIZING PRONOUNCEMENT OF DEATH BY NURSE PRACTITIONERS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1.Section 9 of chapter 46 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2002 Official
Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following
A nurse practitioner, after the death of a person who was a
under the care of such nurse practitioner, may declare the person dead. Before
making a pronouncement of death, a nurse practitioner shall make a reasonable
contact the attending physician or medical examiner.
A pronouncement of death under this paragraph shall be made in writing on a
form approved by the
commissioner of public health and subscribed under the pains and penalties of
perjury. A physician or the medical examiner shall be
notified forthwith of the exact location to which the decedent has been
SECTION 2.Section 45 of chapter 114 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by
inserting after the word "nurse", in line 27, the following words:- , a nurse