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Committee Report | February 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:55pm

Report of the



The Board of Regents

February 14, 2012

Your Professional Practice Committee met at the time scheduled for its meeting on February 13, 2012. All Committee members were present, except Regent Wade S. Norwood, Vice-Chancellor Milton L. Cofield, Regent Geraldine D. Chapey and Regent James E. Cottrell, who were excused.  Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Regent James R. Tallon, Jr. were also present, but did not vote on any case or action.  Because a quorum of the Committee was not present, items were discussed, but no actions taken.

Your Professional Practice Committee held a re-scheduled meeting on February 14, 2012.  All Committee members were present except Vice-Chancellor Milton L. Cofield, Regent Geraldine D. Chapey and Regent James E. Cottrell, who were excused.    


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 10 cases.  In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 48 consent order applications and 6 surrender applications be granted.  [PPC EXS (A) 1-3]

In the case of Lalu Mathew Kochumannil, Registered Professional Nurse, Calendar No. 24793, we recommend that both the caption and the headers in the report of the Regents Review Committee be deemed corrected to read respondent’s name “Lalu Mathew Kochumannil”, and not “Lalu Mathew Kouchumannil”.

These recommendations are made following the review of 64 cases involving ten licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, nine registered professional nurses, seven licensed practical nurses, five dentists, five pharmacists, two registered professional nurses who are also nurse practitioners, one acupuncturist, one architect, one licensed clinical social worker, one licensed practical nurse who is also a registered professional nurse and who is also a nurse practitioner, one massage therapist, one ophthalmic dispenser, one pharmacy, one physical therapist, one professional engineer, one psychologist, one speech-language pathologist, and one veterinarian.


Your Committee recommends the following:

That the Board of Regents grant the application of Gregory Foley for restoration of his license to practice as a certified public accountant in the State of New York.  [PPC (EXS) 4]

That the Board of Regents table an application for the restoration of a chiropractor license.  [PPC (EXS) 5].



Your Committee recommends that subdivision (b) of section 76.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended; that section 76.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be repealed and section 76.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be renumbered 76.5; and that section 76.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be renumbered 76.8 and new sections 76.6, 76.7, and 76.9 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be added, all as submitted, effective February 14, 2012, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the public health and general welfare in order to implement Chapter 460 of the Laws of 2011, which becomes effective February 14, 2012, in a timely manner.  [PPC (A) 1]


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 February 14, 2012, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.


          Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:

Deputy Commissioner’s Report/Update [Oral] – The Deputy Commissioner reported on the following issues:

  • Full Board Consent Agenda Items
    • Permission to Operate – University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing to use clinical agencies in New York for clinical education of students enrolled in its Adult, Family and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner programs leading to the M.S.N. degree.  [BR (CA) 5]
    • Conferral of Degrees [BR (CA) 6]
    • Board (Re)Appointments [BR (CA) 7]
  • Technology Update
  • Staffing/Productivity Update
  • Updates on OP Initiatives
    • Corporate Practice Waivers
    • Exempt Agencies Report


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree [PPC (D) 1] – Discussion on legislative proposal under which future RNs would be required to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing within 10 years after licensure.

Regents Advisory Workgroup on Healthcare Update [PPC (D) 2] – Update and information shared on the newly established Regents Advisory Workgroup on Healthcare, outlining activities and progress.

          That concludes my report.



Harry Phillips, 3rd, Chairperson


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February 14, 2012