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December 2007 Bulletin

  • Practical Nursing in Maine
  • Address Changes
  • NCLEX® "First Time" Test Takers Pass Rates
  • FDA Moves to Electronic Based Environment
  • Disciplinary Action
  • News About Online Licensure Renewals
  • News for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives
  • APRN Reminder!!!!
  • Save the Date!
  • Licensure Fees to Increse Summer 2008

    Practical Nursing in Maine

    The Law Regulating the Practice of Nursing states that an applicant for licensure as a practical nurse "must have completed a prescribed curriculum in a state-approved program for the preparation of practical nurses and holds a diploma or certificate." (32 MRSA Section 2251-A.(2) This means that in Maine, among other requirements, you are NOT eligible to be licensed as a practical nurse if you started a program for registered professional nurses and did not complete it. You must have completed a program specifically for practical nurses.

    Rumors have a way of spreading incorrect information. One such rumor is that Maine is "doing away" with practical nurses or is "phasing out" practical nurses. That is NOT true. The State of Maine is not doing any such thing. One thing that you may be seeing is the result of employers' decisions not to hire as many due to increased complexity of nursing care. The other factor that may be feeding into this rumor is that the five community colleges ( Southern Maine, Central Maine, Kennebec Valley, Eastern Maine and Northern Maine) that are authorized to administer practical nursing programs are not all doing so. The reason may be twofold: a business decision - meaning that the waiting list for students who wish to become registered professional nurses is long enough that choosing those students to enter the program makes more fiscal sense than entering individuals who will exit after one year; and, a market decision - meaning that it is possible that the administration of these programs do not see the same employment opportunities in their communities for practical nurses as they do for registered nurses. Currently, only Central Maine Community College is offering the practical nurse program option.

    These five community colleges have articulated programs with the university system in Maine. This means that credits from the Maine community college system may be transferred into the Maine university system. The five community college nursing programs are all accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) as well as being programs approved by the Board of Nursing.

    In addition to the five community colleges that have authority to offer a practical nursing program, the Board recently granted initial approval (September 26 , 2007) to the Intercoast Career Institute (ICCI) in South Portland. As represented to the Board at several of its meetings, ICCI is a career school and thus, its intent is to offer the practical nursing program to those individuals who aspire to practice solely as practical nurses. Since ICCI was recently granted initial approval by the Board, it does NOT have NLNAC accreditation. The NLNAC does not accredit a brand new program but waits for a graduating class to complete the program and for the school to apply for its accreditation. Maine law does not mandate national nursing program accreditation although all other nursing programs in Maine do have either NLNAC or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.

    Address Change

    If your address changes, please notify the Board office as soon as possible, OR, you may change your address online at http://www.maine.gov/bon/

    NCLEX® "FIRST TIME" TEST TAKERS PASS RATES

    Practical Nurses For the year October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007, 18 first time candidates educated in Maine wrote the NCLEX® examination for practical nurses and
    18 passed, a 100 % pass rate.

    Registered Nurses For the year October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007, 678 first time candidates educated in Maine wrote the NCLEX® examination for registered nurses and 570 passed, an 84.07 % pass rate.

    NCLEX®-RN "FIRST TIME" TEST TAKERS PASS RATES
    For the year October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007

    Maine Nursing Programs
    Number of
    Candidates
    Number Passed
    Pass Rate
    Central Maine Community College
    23
    22
    95.65
    Central Maine Medical Center
    42
    42
    100
    Eastern Maine Community College
    23
    18
    78.26
    Husson College
    47
    28
    59.57
    Kennebec Valley Community College
    38
    34
    89.47
    Northern Maine Community College
    36
    28
    77.78
    St. Joseph's College
    31
    25
    80.65
    Southern Maine Community College
    51
    50
    98.04
    University of Maine at Augusta
    82
    55
    67.07
    University of Maine at Fort Kent
    28
    27
    96.43
    University of Maine at Orono
    80
    77
    96.25
    University of New England
    57
    44
    77.19
    University of Southern Maine
    140
    120
    85.71

    When reviewing statistics, keep in mind absolute numbers as well as percentages. (Percentages for smaller absolute numbers can vary widely.)

    FDA Moves to Electronic Based Environment

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moves from a paper based to an electronic based environment, the department is providing new ways to offer timely, science based and clinically relevant safety information to healthcare providers and consumers.
    As part of this transition several new web based services are available by subscribing to the FDA's MedWatch listserve notification (http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/elist.htm), bookmarking the FDA's MedWatch web site
    ( http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety.htm ),
    and downloading audio podcasts (http://www.daily-med.nlm.nih.gov ).

    Disciplinary Action

    Revocation

    Daniel D. Melland
    Hudson, ME
    R040428
    Eff. Date: 07/09/07

    Stepahnie D. Breton
    Fairfield Center, ME
    R043659
    Eff. Date: 10/31/07

    Suspension

    Lisa A. McMains
    R038957
    Eff. Date: 09/27/07

    Kathleen P. Casale
    Portland, ME
    P009275
    Eff. Date: 11/20/07

    Heather L. Baker
    Turner, ME
    R048734
    Eff. Date: 12/05/07

    Voluntary Surrender

    Robert T. Curtis
    Houlton, ME
    R046093
    Eff. Date: 11/28/07

    Lisa McMains
    So. Portland, ME
    R038957
    Eff. Date: 11/06/07

     

    Probation

    Kelley Bunker-Taylor
    Ellsworth, ME
    R027271
    Eff. Date: 09/27/07

    Linda L. Boland
    Lincolnville, ME
    P010424
    Eff. Date: 10/31/07

    Deborah S. LaVine
    So. Paris, ME
    R035511
    Eff. Date: 10/31/07

    Sabrina A. Loring
    So. Portland, ME
    R029171
    Eff. Date: 11/13/07

    Kathleen P. Casale
    Portland, ME
    P009275
    Eff. Date: 11/20/07

    Warned

    Celine Ferland
    Old Town, ME
    R034187
    Eff. Date: 09/18/07

    Michelle G. Abbott
    New Portland, ME
    R030327
    Eff. Date: 09/24/07

    Probation Terminated

    Leisa M. Healy
    Gray, ME
    R037506
    Eff. Date: 09/26/07

    Licensees fined from 08/01/07 - 12/31/07 for practicing during lapsed license status: 78

    Complaints Dismissed from 08/01/07 - 12/31/07: 59

    News About Online Licensure Renewals

    The online licensure renewal rate for November, 2007 was 92.4 %. We are pleased to hear so many favorable comments about this service. Only one month had a higher percentage, and that was May, 2007 with a usage rate of 93.1%.

    Effective now, Maine licensed nurses with non U.S. addresses can renew online.

    The postcard reminder has a new look: the State of Maine seal replaces the picture of nurses.

    News for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives

    Prescribers seeking confidentiality protection with the Maine Health Data Organization to prohibit carriers, pharmacies, and prescription drug information intermediaries from licensing, using, selling, or exchanging for value prescription drug information for any marketing purpose that identifies those prescribers may register with the Maine Health Data Organization by accessing its registration form on the following URL:
    http://mhdo.maine.gov/imhdo/prescriberoptoutintro.aspx

    APRN Reminder!!!!

    Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) renew their approval to practice biennially, concurrent with renewal of their registered professional nurse license. This means that the APRN will renew his/her registered professional nursing license on-line and complete a separate application to renew the approval to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse. The application will be mailed to the APRN approximately six weeks prior to the licensee's birthday.

     

    Save the Date!
    March 6, 2008
    Augusta CivicCenter
    Maine's Nursing Summit
    "Let's Talk…"

     

    Licensure Fees to Increase Summer 2008
    More news and details to follow in the next Board Bulletin