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November 2002 Bulletin

In Appreciation

The Board extends sincere appreciation to Kathleen A. Dugas, L.P.N., who served on the Board from July, 1992 through August, 2002.. Kathleen's commitment and dedication to the public welfare greatly enhanced the work of the Board.

Board Appointment

On August 15, 2002 Charyl Kelley, L.P.N. Was appointed to the Board of Nursing by Governor King. She fills the vacancy reserved for a licensed practical nurse. Charyl is employed as a LPN at Seventy-Five State Street in Portland.

Nurse Licensure Compact Update

There are now 18 states that have joined the "Compact." These states are: Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. (Of these, ND, NJ, IN and TN recently joined and have not yet set effective dates).

Mutual recognition, multistate licensure and interstate practice are all terms that refer to the same concept which is to allow a nurse to obtain one license in the state of legal residence which grants a multistate privilege to practice across state lines, provided that the other state is also in the Compact.

The key is that you must be a legal resident of the state in order to have the multistate privilege. For example, if a nurse's legal residence is New Hampshire and she works in Maine, that does not entitle the nurse to use her Maine license to work in o
other Compact states. She must be a legal resident of Maine. She may still hold the Maine license but can practice ONLY in Maine.

Delegating Effectively: Working Through and With Assistive Personnel

This comprehensive training program is designed to help nurses and nursing students review and learn how to master delegation skills. It outlines a step by step approach to insuring the best way to achieve positive client outcomes by working effectively through and with others, specifically assistive personnel.

The facilitation program describes the benefits of effective delegation and teaches and traces the delegation process along with the five "rights" of delegation. Learner activities will assist the instructor in exploring the gray areas of delegation with learners and help them evaluate their delegation skills.

The Delegating Effectively program includes a video, overheads, facilitator's notes, interactive learning exercises, detailed references and resources.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing developed this educational program for use by nurse educators and managers in a variety of academic and clinical settings. This program is for every nurse in every practice setting at every level of practice.

To order or preview call (410) 335-2618 or e-mail nichecom@comcast.net. The cost is $299.00 + $14.50 shipping and handling. Payment methods accepted: check, credit card, or purchase order. Please visit National Council's Learning Extension at www.NCLEX®.com for a preview and for more information.

Maine State Board of Nursing President Receives National Award

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing presented the Exceptional Leadership Award to Richard Sheehan,R.N. at the organization's annual meeting in California on August 16, 2002. The Exceptional Leadership Award is a national award given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Council and to the profession of nursing by serving as a leader for his or her member board and by being an active participant in activities of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Dick Sheehan is the Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS??

Have you moved? Are you planning to move? Did the advent of 911 in your area change your mailing address? If you answer 'yes' to any of these, you must notify the Board of your new address. Failure to do so frequently results in undelivered mail and your nursing license expiring.

A name change requires a copy of the court document that legally authorized the change. Please mail to the attention of Grace Doyon, Maine State Board of Nursing, 158 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0158.

Disciplinary Action

Revocation

Linda J. Cookson
Fairfield, ME
R043106
Eff. Date: 04/05/2002

Elizabeth B. Calder
Toronto, Ont. Canada
R042092
Eff. Date: 04/10/2002

Anne B. Bouffard
Rumford, ME
R011558
Eff. Date: 06/06/2002

Jennifer L. Higgins
Lewiston, ME
R043979
Eff. Date: 07/23/2002

Susan M. Frye
Portland, ME
R024345
Eff. Date: 07/23/2002

Suspension

Kyle A. Fredericks
Neosho, MO
P011694
Eff. Date: 04/10/2002

Patricia Sellers
Folsom, PA
R039244
Eff. Date: 04/10/02

William A. Trunck
Waldoboro, ME
R039425
Eff. Date: 10/03/2002

Voluntary Surrender

Tanya M. Marquis
Portland, ME
R041386
Eff. Date: 05/28/2002

Anne P. Purcell
Lyman, ME
R040311
Eff. Date: 07/10/2002

Donna I. Penney-Smith
Portland, ME
P007510
Eff. Date: 07/22/2002

Beverly R. Collins
Portland, ME
P001103
Eff. Date: 07/23/2002

Kathy L. Smith
Saco, ME
R029521
Eff. Date: 10/02/2002

Probation

Mary C. Long
Carlisle, PA
P011668
Eff. Date: 04/10/2002

Melony M. Shorey
Clinton, ME
P010649
Eff. Date: 05/15/2002

Viola Faye Wisotzkey
Waterville, ME
P011464
Eff. Date: 05/16/2002

Susan Arbuckle-Keith
West Bath, ME
R035969
Eff. Date: 06/03/02

 


Probation (continued)

Priscilla McKee-Meyers
Gorham, ME
R020846
Eff. Date: 06/05/2002

Karen A. Jannelle
Litchfield, ME
P007989
Eff. Date: 06/06/02

Marnie M. Phillip
Owls Head, ME
R039931
Eff. Date: 07/10/2002

Lori A. Fitzsimmons
Dover, NH
R048039
Eff. Date: 10/29/2002

Reprimand

Bobbi J. McCarthy
Oakland, ME
R035536
Eff. Date: 07/31/2002

Warned

Pauline A. Covel
Ogunquit, ME
R41759
Eff. Date: 04/10/2002

Christine M. Johnson
Lewiston, ME
R014977
Eff. Date: 05/16/2002

Janie M. Brown
Gorham, ME
P005765
Eff. Date: 07/10/2002

Lucy C. Kennedy
Plymouth, ME
P010584
Eff. Date: 07/11/2002

Probation Terminated

Phyllis B. Archibald
Windham, ME
R033347
Eff. Date: 08/28/2002

Timothy J. Nelson
E. Waterboro, ME
R026797
Eff. Date: 08/28/2002

Theresa A. Gordon
Blue Hill, ME
R040326
Eff. Date: 10/03/2002

Other Actions

Susan L. Keeney
Casco, ME
R035923
Denied Licensure Reactivation

Pauline A. Covel
Ogunquit, ME
R041759
Fined

Patricia Sellers
Folsom, PA
R039244
Fined

Echo C. Aven
Hampden, ME
R021318
License Reactivated

Suzanne M. Manzo
Bath, ME
R031824
License reinstatement denied


Licensees fined from 05/01/2002 - 10/31/2002 for practicing during lapsed license Status: 37

Complaints Dismissed from 05/01/2002 - 10/31/2002 - 45

Advanced Practice Nursing

In May, 1998 the Board's office began its "renewal of approval to practice" process for all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with a Maine license. All APRNs are required to renew their approval to practice in their advanced practice category at the same time the renew their registered professional nursing licenses. If you have been approved to practice as a CRNA, CNM, Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist and have never received an application to renewaaa your advanced practice approval, please call the Board office. Contact: Virginia E. DeLorimier.

Utilization of the Newly Graduated APRN

Imagine this situation: A clinic in Maine hires a recently graduated nurse practitioner student before she receives an approval to practice authorization from the Maine State Board of Nursing. The clinic puts her to work seeing patients in an advanced role as part of her "orientation" with full knowledge that the nurse has only her registered professional nursing license.

Appropriate utilization: Registered professional nurses are required to hold a current Maine advanced practice approval to practice letter to practice as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife. There are a few specific exceptions to this:
1. A RN may learn advanced practice clinical skills and practice under academic supervision as an enrolled student training for their initial or postmasters certificate or degree.
2. A RN licensed in Maine seeking an advanced practice position, who is educationally qualified for the position, may do orientation that is not clinical in nature (reading manuals, etc.) and does not require advanced clinical judgment or representation as an APRN. If the applicant does not meet approval to practice requirements , the employer must be notified immediately and the position terminated. For more information contact Virginia E. deLorimier at the Board office.