Report of Regents Professional Practice Committee to The Board of Regents
The Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on April 18, 2023. All members were present. Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr., Regents Roger Tilles, Kathleen M. Cashin, Luis O. Reyes, Susan W. Mittler, Aramina Vega Ferrer, Shino Tanikawa, and Adrian I. Hale also attended the meeting, but did not vote on any action.
Professional Discipline Cases [PCC EXS (A) 1-3]
The 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 8 cases. In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 28 consent order applications and 14 surrender applications be granted.
These recommendations are made following the review of 50 cases involving eleven licensed practical nurses, eleven registered professional nurses, three certified public accountants, two architects, two licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, two registered professional nurses who are also certified as a nurse practitioner in Family Health, two speech-language pathologists, one architecture professional service corporation, one certified dietitian-nutritionist, one chiropractor, one dentist, one dentistry professional service corporation, one land surveyor, one licensed creative arts therapist, one pharmacist, one podiatrist, one professional engineer, one psychologist, one public accountancy professional service corporation, and one veterinarian.
Restoration [PPC EXS (A) 4]
The Committee recommends that the application of Conrad R. Williams for the restoration of his license to practice as a Physician in New York State be denied.
Proposed Amendment of Section 64.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Education Requirements for Licensure as a Registered/Practical Nurse [PPC (A) 1 – Revised] - Department staff presented proposed emergency amendments to Part 64.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to education for licensure as a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse. The amendments are required to ensure that applicants who complete education in another state or country meet equivalent standards to safeguard the health and safety of the public.
The Committee recommends that section 64.1 of the Commissioner’s Regulations be amended, as submitted, effective April 18, 2023, as an emergency action, upon the finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, and general welfare in order to immediately permit the Department to reject out-of-state nursing programs approved in the original jurisdiction if a nursing program is determined to be unsatisfactory to the department.
The motion passed unanimously.
Proposed Amendment to the Title of Subpart 79-16 and Sections 79-13.1, 79-13.3, 79-13.6, 79-14.1, 79-14.3, 79-15.1, 79-15.3, 79-16.1, 79-16.2, 79-16.3, 79-16.4 and 79-16.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Cytotechnologist and Certification as a Clinical Laboratory Technician or Histological Technician [PPC (A) 2] - Department staff presented for permanent adoption proposed amendments to the Title of Subpart 79-16 and Sections 79-13.1, 79-13.3, 79-13.6, 79-14.1, 79-14.3, 79-15.1, 79-15.3, 79-16.1, 79-16.2, 79-16.3, 79-16.4 and 79-16.5 of the Commissioner’s regulations to conform them to Chapter 446 of the Laws of 2022, the majority of which, became effective January 17, 2023. Chapter 446, among other things, aligns New York’s clinical laboratory professions’ licensure requirements to national standards in order to meet the increasing need for qualified licensed laboratory professionals and address critical laboratory staffing shortages throughout this State.
The Committee recommends that the title of subpart 79-16 and sections 79-13.1, 79-13.3, 79-13.6, 79-14.1, 79-14.3, 79-15.1, 79-15.3, 79-16.1, 79-16.2, 79-16.3, 79-16.4 and 79-16.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, as submitted, effective May 3, 2023.
The motion passed unanimously.
MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD
The 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 April 18, 2023, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Overview of Professional Education within the Office of the Professions [PPC (D) 1] - Department staff presented an overview of the Professional Education unit within the Office of the Professions, which is responsible for the review and approval of education programs that lead to licensure. The presentation will highlight specific requirements for license-qualifying education programs that must be met for 55 professions established under the Education Law to ensure graduates meet minimum education requirements to safely provide services to the public.
Deputy Commissioner Sarah Benson reviewed the items on the Consent Agenda.