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[74 Stat. 803]
PUBLIC LAW 86-000—MMMM. DD, 1960

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PUBLIC LAW 86-708-SEPT. 6, 1960 DEFINITIONS

SEC. 2. As used in this Act— (a) The term "Commissioners"' means the Commissioners of the District of Columbia sitting as a board or their authorized agent or agents. (b) The word "person" includes corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and schools of practical nursing, as well as natural persons, (c) The word "she" and the derivatives thereof shall be construed to include the word "he" and the derivatives thereof. (d) The term "school of practical nursing" means a school or institution for the training of practical nurses. SEC. 3. This Act shall not apply to any person employed in the District of Columbia by the Federal Government or any agency thereof, while such person is acting in the discharge of her official duties. SEC. 4. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent any person from nursing any other person in the District of Columbia, either gratuitously or for hire: Provided, That such person so nursing shall not represent herself as being a licensed practical nurse. SEC. 5. (a) From and after the effective date of this Act, no person shall, in the District of Columbia, in any manner whatsoever, represent herself to be a licensed practical nurse or allow herself to be so represented unless she is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Act. (b) Any person licensed to practice as a licensed practical nurse in the District of Columbia shall have the right to use the title "Licensed Practical Nurse" and the abbreviation "L.P.N.". No other person shall assume such title or use such abbreviation. SEC. 6. The Commissioners are hereby vested with full power and authority to delegate, from time to time, to their designated agent or agents, any of the functions vested in them by this Act. SEC. 7. The Commissioners may establish a Practical Nurses' Examining Board to perform any of the functions vested in the Commissioners by this Act, and, if so established, such Board shall be composed of such number of graduate nurses and practical nurses and possessing such qualifications as the Commissioners shall determine: Provided, That the graduate nurse members of such Board shall be in the majority; shall be registered under the Act of February 9, 1907, as amended (D.C. Code, sec. 2-401 et seq.); and shall have had at least five years of experience since graduation in the nursing service: Provided further, That all practical nurse members of such Board shall, from and after the expiration of ninety days from the effective date of this Act, be licensed under this Act: And provided further, That at least two practical nurse members of such Board shall be present at each meeting of the Board. The members of such Board shall serve for such terms and for such compensation as the Commissioners shall determine. SEC. 8. (a) The Commissioners are authorized to adopt from time to time and prescribe such rules and regulations as may oe necessary to enable them to carry into effect the provisions of this Act. The Commissioners shall prescribe minimum curricula and standards for schools and for programs preparing persons for licensure under this Act. They may provide for surveys of such schools and programs at such times as they may deem necessary. They shall accredit such schools and programs as meet the Commissioners' requirements and the requirements of this Act. They shall evaluate and approve programs for affiliation. They shall examine, license, and renew the license of any duly qualified applicant.

E x e m p t i o n of Federal employees.

Restrictions.

" L i c e n s e d Practical N u r s e. " D e 1 e g a t ion of authority.

P r a c t i c a l Nurses' Examining Board.

34 Stat. 887.

Rules and regulations.