For those of you who may not be aware, OSRT was notified last week (2/23) that there is a proposed bill going to the senate that would allow Advanced Nurse Practitioners to perform imaging studies to include fluoroscopy, general x-ray, CT, MRI, etc. Advanced Nurse Practitioners include nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists.
(a) Providing direction to a medical imaging licensee for the purpose of performing a medical procedure that is within the scope of practice of the licensed nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist; or
(b) Performing a medical imaging modality that is within the scope of practice of the licensed nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist. Click here for Senate Bill 801
As you can see from the wording above, this would give Advance Nurse Practitioners authorization to not only direct techs (a), but perform imaging studies themselves (b). Given they don't have the level of education to perform these studies it puts the public at risk. We need to get everyone involved including the Radiologists in order to prevent this bill from proceeding.
The public hearing will be held:
Tuesday 2/28 at 1 PM
Oregon State Capital, Senate Room B
Here is what you can do:
Attend the public hearing on 2/28/17 @ 1 p.m. at the Capital Building in Senate Room B. At the beginning of the committee meeting, there will be a table inside the door with a testifier sign-up sheet. Please fill in requested information. As the public hearing progresses, the committee assistant will provide the list to the chair, so the people who sign up will be called upon to testify.
- If you are not able to make the meeting, call a committee member and express that you are opposed to the bill given that APRN's have no formal training in radiography and pose a serious health risk to the public. Their contact info can be found here.
Each committee has an email address to submit a written testimony. This testimony should be submitted 24 hours in advance to the public hearing. Please make sure to clearly identify Senate bill 801 at the top of you testimony.
Send your written testimony to the Senate Committee on Health Care: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We are hopeful you can share this message. Not only does this affect our patients, but it threatens the jobs of Rad Techs and Radiologists. Having the support from our Rads will be essential to shut this bill down. Help OSRT create statewide awareness of this bill in the imaging community
The sponsor, Laurie Monnes Anderson and Rep. Carla Piluso, will be holding a constituents meeting.
When: Saturday, February 25th
Where: Rockwood Public Safety Building - 675 NE 181st Ave, Portland
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
OSRT strongly encourages your attendance at the public hearing and/or the constituents meeting.
Thank you for your support.
- Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists