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Upon recommendation of the Secretary of
Health and Mental Hygiene, the Governor ap-
points the Board's eleven members for four-year
terms. Three members must be licensed practical
nurses and six must be registered nurses. As vacan-
cies occur, the Maryland Nurses Association or the
Maryland Licensed Practical Nurses Association
submit to the Governor and to the Secretary of
Health and Mental Hygiene the names of five of its
members from which the Governor selects appoint-
ees. Two members are consumers appointed with
Senate advice and consent. Authorization for the
Board continues until July 1, 2003 (Code Health
Occupations Article, secs. 8-101 through 8-802).
ANESTHETIST ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Victor Rivera-Diaz, C.R.N.A., Chairperson
The Anesthetist Advisory Committee was cre-
ated in 1981. The Committee advises the State
Board of Nursing concerning the practice of anes-
thesia by nurses. The Committee also oversees the
use of health insurance and medical assistance bene-
fits by certified nurse anesthetists. Appointed by the
State Board of Nursing, the Committee's five mem-
bers serve three-year terms (Code Health Occupa-
tions Article, sec. 7-504).
NURSE ANESTHETIST ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Formed in 1991, the Nurse Anesthetist Advi-
sory Committee advises the State Board of Nursing
on certified registered nurse anesthetist practice.
The Committee's three members are appointed to
three-year terms by the State Board of Nursing.
CERTIFIED NURSE-MIDWIVES ADVISORY
Eileen Ehudin-Pagano, Chairperson
Appointed by the State Board of Nursing, the
Certified Nurse-Midwives Advisory Council was
formed in 1983. The Council advises the Board on
matters relating to the practice of nurse-midwifery.
The Council consists of at least three certified nurse -
midwives who serve three-year terms (Code Health
Occupations Article, sec. 7-504).
JOINT COMMITTEE ON NURSE-MIDWIFERY
Jeanne Brinkley, C.N.M., Chairperson
Established in 1983, the Joint Committee on
Nurse-Midwifery reviews and makes recommenda-
tions on all written agreements between nurse-mid-
wives and physicians. The Committee is composed
of three nurse-midwives, appointed by the State
Board of Nursing, and three physicians, appointed
by the State Board of Physician Quality Assurance.
Committee members serve three-year terms (Code
Health Occupations Article, sec. 7-504).
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NURSE PRACTITIONER JOINT COMMITTEE
The Nurse Practitioner Joint Committee was
created in 1981. The Committee reviews written
agreements between nurse practitioners and physi-
cians. The Committee then makes recommenda-
tions to the State Board of Physician Quality
Assurance and the State Board of Nursing.
The Committee has six members. Three are ap-
pointed by the State Board of Physician Quality
Assurance and three by the State Board of Nursing.
NURSE PRACTITIONER PEER REVIEW
Janice Wilson, C.R.N.P., Chairperson
Organized in 1981, the Nurse Practitioner Peer
Review Committee oversees the use of health insur-
ance and medical assistance benefits by certified nurse
practitioners. The Committee, appointed by the State
Board of Nursing, has ten nurse practioner members
representing all nurse practitioner specialties (Code
Health Occupations Article, sec. 7-504).
NURSE PSYCHOTHERAPIST PEER REVIEW
Mickie Crimone, C.S.-P. Chairperson
The Nurse Psychotherapist Peer Review Advisory
Committee was formed in 1991. The Committee
advises the State Board of Nursing on the practice of
psychotherapy by clinical specialists in psychiatric and
mental health nursing. The Committee also oversees
the use of health insurance and medical assistance
benefits by clinical specialists-psychiatry.
PRACTICE ISSUES COMMITTEE
Ann K. Sober, R.N., B.S., Chairperson
Established in 1985, the Practice Issues Com-
mittee meets monthly to study specific practice
issues referred to it by the State Board of Nursing.
The Committee's twelve members are assisted by
consultant members as needed.
REHABILITATION COMMITTEE no. I
Patricia Miedusiewski, R.N., Chairperson
REHABILITATION COMMITTEE no. 2
Patricia Lund, R.N., Ph.D., Chairperson
The Rehabilitation Committee was authorized
in 1988 as a nonpunitive alternative to the State
Board of Nursing's disciplinary process (Chapter
508, Acts of 1988). Nurses whose job performance
is impaired by drugs, alcohol, or mental illness may
participate in the Rehabilitation Program upon rec-
ommendation of the Committee. In 1992, a second
committee was established to handle the volume of
nurses referred to the Program.