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Meeting of the Board of Regents | May 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010 - 11:40pm


Report of




The Board of Regents

May 17, 2010

              Your Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on May 17, 2010.   All Committee members were present for the public session.   Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Vice Chancellor Milton L. Cofield were excused from the executive session.  Regent Wade S. Norwood was also present for both sessions, but did not vote on any case or action.


Professional Discipline Cases

              Your Committee recommends that the reports of the Regents Review Committees, including rulings, findings of fact, determinations as to guilt, and recommendations, by unanimous or majority vote, contained in those reports which have been distributed to you, be accepted in 4 cases.  In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 26 consent order applications and 8 surrender applications be granted. 

              These recommendations are made following the review of 38 cases involving seven registered professional nurses, five licensed practical nurses, four licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, three massage therapists, two certified public accountants, two professional engineers, two veterinarians, one architect, one chiropractor, one dentist, one dental hygienist, one licensed clinical social worker, one pharmacist, one podiatrist, one psychologist, and one speech-language pathologist.  [PPC EXS (A) 1-3]

Restoration Petitions

              Voted, that the Board of Regents deny the application of Major Beardsley for the restoration of his license to practice as a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse in the State of New York.  [PPC EXS (A) 5]


              Madam Chancellor and Colleagues:  Your Professional Practice Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on May 17, 2010, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.


One application for restoration of a professional license was tabled until next month.

              Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:


  • Deputy Commissioner’s Report/Update – The Deputy Commissioner reported on the following issues:
  • International medical schools – workgroup on oversight and evaluation being convened.
  • Social Work/Mental Health Practitioner legislation – progress of legislation relating to impending expiration of exemption from licensure and to the authorization of existing providers to continue to provide services.
  • Update on Pending Legislation, which will continue next month, including:
    • Elimination of licensure requirements relating to citizenship.
    • Elimination of requirement that nurse practitioners have a collaboration agreement with a physician.


  • Nursing Education for Licensure – This discussion is needed to provide guidance about SED’s position on a legislative proposal that would increase the standards for an RN license from the Associate’s degree to a BS. The discussion included:
    • Trends in nursing education over the past 50 years.
    • The proposal to require RN’s to obtain a BS degree within 10 years following licensure.
    • We have asked that the discussion continue next month so that the proposal from the nursing community is better understood and we are able to address items of concern.


              That concludes our report.



                                                                                            Harry Phillips, 3rd, Co-Chairperson



                                                                                            Milton L. Cofield, Co-Chairperson