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Current Bills in the Pennsylvania Legislature

1. Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios

PONL Opposes “The Patient Safety Act” HB 106 (Mehaffie) & SB 240 (Collett)

PONL is strongly committed to nurse staffing practices that support the provision of safe patient care. PONL endorses the autonomy of each healthcare organization to establish appropriate strategies to deliver high levels of patient care by providing safe, effective, and collaborative staffing practices. PONL is adamantly opposed to any legislation that would mandate nurse-to-patient ratios for all heath care organizations.

Read PONL's Position Statement on Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios (updated April 2021).

3. Chief Nursing Officer of the Commonwealth

PONL Monitoring

5. Violence in the Workplace

PONL Does Not Support

4. Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

PONL Supports

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Current Workplace Violence Bills in U.S. Congress

PONL Supports 

  •  H.R.7961 Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act.   Dean [D-PA-4]   | Introduced 06/07/2022 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
PONL Does Not Support
  • S.4182 Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act Baldwin [D-WI]   | Introduced 05/11/2022. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • H.R.1195 Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act | Passed House (04/16/2021, 4/19/2022 in Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions.)

PONL Supported Legislation - Signed into Law

1. A Simple Prescription for Better Healthcare IDs

Act No. 79 Enacted from (HB2604) Amends the employee photo identification provisions of the Health Care Facilities Act. Passed into law Jul. 11,2022.                                            

2. Professional Licensing Reform for Veterans, Service Members & Spouses Nursing

Act No. 35. Enacted from HB1868  | Passed into law on July 7, 2022. Effective in 120 days. 

Includes expedited application review, initial fee waiver, use of Military Occupational Codes Crosswalk to help translate military experience into civilian licensure requirements; early submission for licensure renewals of military persons being deployed.   


3. Updating International Nursing Licensure Exam Requirement

Updating International Nursing Licensure Exam Requirement Act 22 (formerly HB 889) | Passed into law on June 10, 2022. Effective in 60 days.

Amends the Professional Nursing Law to allow the State Board of Nursing’s approval of graduates of international professional nursing education programs to sit for the RN licensure examination, provided such programs are determined to be equivalent to that which is required in Pennsylvania.

4. Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Act 68 of 2021 (formerly SB 115) | Passed into law on July 1, 2021.

Eligible RNs and LPNs can obtain a multistate nursing license to practice in other NLC states. Effective immediately.*

Implementation process yet to be completed by the State Board of Nursing. 

*"...To date, the Board is awaiting a response from the FBI and is actively working on draft regulations and exploring changes to the licensure system..."

5. Violence in the Workplace/No Last Name on Badges

    PONL Legislative Committee Members

    Rosa Hickey, Chair
    Andrew Thum, Co-Chair

    Committee Members:

    • Marion Burns Tuck
    • Carol Amann
    • Angela Brown
    • Heidi Dewitt Zedlar
    • Fiona Felton
    • Tina Roma Fisher
    • Denise Frasca
    • Carol Ann Gioia
    • Kimberly Kennedy

    • Jessica Lazzeri
    • Deborah Lidey
    • Jessica Nardi
    • Mary O'Connor
    • Glenn Repko
    • Kathy Sankovich
    • Deb Thompson
    • Cathy Weidman
    • Mary Patt Winterhalter
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