Students will not violate the Nursing Practice Act
SACRAMENTO – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow and California prepares for a medical surge, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) wants nursing students to know they can help. During this public health crisis Business and Professions Code section 2727(d) provides that nursing services may be provided by unlicensed persons during an epidemic, which would include nursing students, without violating the Nursing Practice Act.
“The Board of Registered Nursing advises healthcare providers and the public that nursing students can be deployed to assist in healthcare facilities today” said BRN Acting Executive Officer Loretta Melby, RN, MSN. “These students will not be violating the Nursing Practice Act by providing services without a license.” To assist hospitals, clinics, and other providers, as well as students, BRN has developed a schematic that correlates a currently enrolled prelicensure nursing student’s academic progression with a similar role that is known throughout the healthcare community.