SHB 1369

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of March 20, 2015

Title: An act relating to enabling student volunteers to provide health care services.

Brief Description: Enabling student volunteers to provide health care services.

Sponsors: House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Schmick, Robinson, Parker, Holy, Haler, Tharinger, Cody and Ormsby).

Brief History: Passed House: 3/02/15, 97-0.

Committee Activity: Health Care: 3/19/15.


Staff: Evan Klein (786-7483)

Background: Practice of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy by Students. Students enrolled in a school of medicine that is approved and accredited by the Medical Commission may practice medicine pursuant to their coursework or under the supervision and control of a licensed physician. Students enrolled in a school of osteopathic medicine and surgery that is accredited and approved by the Osteopathic Board may practice pursuant to their coursework and under the supervision of a licensed osteopathic physician. Nursing students enrolled in approved schools may practice registered nursing or advanced registered nursing so long as it is incidental to their course of study. Pharmacy students must apply for registration as a pharmacy intern to obtain pharmacy internship experience.

Summary of Bill: A pharmacy student registered as a pharmacy intern may practice pharmacy, a nursing student may practice registered nursing or advanced registered nursing, an allopathic medical student may practice medicine, and an osteopathic medical student may practice osteopathic medicine if:

The Pharmacy Commission, Nursing Commission, Medical Commission, and Osteopathic Board may adopt rules to implement these requirements.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: This bill is a simple change to make it easier for students to offer voluntary care. Students can already practice in these settings, but this bill just says a practitioner with an overlapping scope of practice can supervise the student. This would allow students to work with other students in other health sciences fields.

Persons Testifying: PRO: Representative Riccelli, prime sponsor; Chris Mulick, WA State University.

Persons Signed in to Testify But Not Testifying:  No one.