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New Youth Concussion Assessment and Clearance Rules from the Board of Nursing Effective Today!

Thursday, September 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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New Youth Concussion Assessment and Clearance Rules from the Board of Nursing Effective Today!

Please review the new rules at http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4723-8-11

Key points:

(B) A clinical nurse specialist or certified nurse practitioner may assess and clear a youth to return to practice or competition if all of the following requirements are met:

(1) The nurse's specialty must include care and treatment of patients aged four through nineteen years of age and the nurse must collaborate with a physician whose practice includes this age group;

(2) The nurse has completed education and training in the detection of concussion, its clinical features, assessment techniques, and the principles of safe return to play protocols consistent with the Zurich Guidelines;

(3) The nurse has maintained competency and completed continuing education in the detection of concussion, its clinical features, assessment techniques, and the principles of safe return to play protocols consistent with the Zurich Guidelines; and

(4) The nurse uses the medical clearance return to play after suspected concussion form located at: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (2015).

Though the Board of Nursing has not specifically defined “completed continuing education…”, it is OAAPN’s recommendation that APRNs who see this population consider having one CE either in concussion management and clearance or a CE where concussion management and clearance is discussed per licensure period (every two years).

Mary Jane Maloney DNP APRN
Chair, Government Relations Committee
Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses


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