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Florida Nursing Laws and Rules

Chapter 456

1. Any person desiring to be licensed in a profession within the jurisdiction of the department shall:

A. Apply to the department in writing to take the licensure examination.

B. Apply on a form prepared and furnished by the department.

C. Provide their social security number.

D. All of the above.


2. In considering applications for licensure, the board, or the department when there is no board, may require a personal appearance of the applicant.

A. True

B. False


3. As a condition of renewal of a license, the Board of Medicine, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine, the Board of Chiropractic Medicine, and the Board of Podiatric Medicine shall each require licensees which they respectively regulate to periodically demonstrate their professional competency by completing at least _____ hours of continuing education every 2 years.

A. 12

B. 20

C. 40

D. 60


4. The boards may require by rule that up to 5 hours of the required continuing education be in the area of risk management or cost containment.

A. True

B. False


5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board, or the department when there is no board, may approve by rule which of the following as an alternative method of obtaining continuing education credits in risk management?

A. Attending a board meeting at which another licensee is disciplined.

B. Serving as a volunteer expert witness for the department in a disciplinary case.

C. Serving as a member of a probable cause panel following the expiration of a board member’s term.

D. Any of the above.


6. The boards, or the department when there is no board, shall require the completion of a _____-hour course relating to prevention of medical errors as part of the licensure and renewal process.

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4


7. Any board that currently requires continuing education for renewal of a license, or the department if there is no board, shall adopt rules to establish the criteria for continuing education courses, and these rules may provide up to a maximum of _____% of the required continuing education hours by the performance of pro bono services to the indigent or to underserved populations or in areas of critical need within the state where the licensee practices.

A. 10

B. 25

C. 40

D. 55


8. All information required by the department of any applicant shall be a public record and shall be open to public inspection pursuant to s. 199.07, except for:

A. Financial information

B. Medical information

C. School transcripts

D. All of the above


9. The appropriate board shall require each person licensed or certified under chapter 458, chapter 459, part I of chapter 464, chapter 466, chapter 467, chapter 490, or chapter 491 to complete a 3-hour continuing education course, approved by the board, on domestic violence, as defined in s. 741.28, as part of every third biennial relicensure or recertification.

A. True

B. False


10. Any person licensed by the department and any other person employed by a health care facility who contracts a blood-borne infection shall have a rebuttable presumption that the illness was contracted in the course and scope of his or her employment, provided that the person, as soon as practicable, reports to the person’s supervisor or the facility’s risk manager any significant exposure, as that term is defined in s. 381.004(1)(f), to blood or body fluids.

A. True

B. False


11. A licensee may practice a profession only if the licensee has:

A. An active status license.

B. An inactive status license.

C. A retired status license.

D. A delinquent status license.


12. Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 456.058, records owners shall place an advertisement in the local newspaper or notify patients, in writing, when they are terminating practice, retiring, or relocating, and no longer available to patients, and offer patients the opportunity to obtain a copy of their medical record.

A. True

B. False


13. Sexual misconduct in the practice of a health care profession is prohibited and licensed health care practitioners shall report allegations of sexual misconduct to the department, regardless of the practice setting in which the alleged sexual misconduct occurred.

A. True

B. False


Chapter 464

14. A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.

A. True

B. False


15. Only persons who hold licenses to practice professional nursing in this state or who are performing nursing services pursuant to the exception set forth in s. 464.022(8) shall have the right to use:

A. The title “Registered Nurse” and the abbreviation “R.N.”

B. The title “Licensed Practical Nurse” and the abbreviation “L.P.N.”

C. The term “Graduate Nurse” and the abbreviation “G.N.”

D. The title “Clinical Nurse Specialist” and the abbreviation “C.N.S.”


16. Each of the following acts constitutes a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, except for:

A. Using or attempting to use a license or certificate which has been suspended or revoked.

B. Using the name or title “Nurse,” “Registered Nurse,” “Licensed Practical Nurse,” “Clinical Nurse Specialist,” “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist,” “Certified Nurse Midwife,” “Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner,” or any other name or title which implies that a person was licensed or certified as same, unless such person is duly licensed or certified.

C. Knowingly employing unlicensed persons in the practice of nursing.

D. Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or certificate under this part by misleading statements or knowing misrepresentation.


17. A registered nurse first assistant is any person who:

A. Is licensed as a registered nurse under this part.

B. Is certified in perioperative nursing.

C. Holds a certificate from, and has successfully completed, a recognized program.

D. All of the above qualifications must be met.


18. A certified nursing assistant shall complete _____ hours of inservice training during each calendar year.

A. 4

B. 8

C. 12

D. 16


Chapter 64B9-5

19. During each biennium, two contact hours must be earned for each calendar month of the licensure cycle.

A. True

B. False


20. Each licensed nurse who is presenting a continuing education course as either the lecturer of the offering or as author of the course materials may earn a maximum _____ contact hours of continuing education credit per biennium.

A. 6

B. 12

C. 15

D. 20


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