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of said papers and said nursing journal shall be published within the State of California. Upon filing application for examination each applicant shall pay an examination fee of ten dollars, which shall in no case be returned to the applicant. No further fee shall be required for registration. (Amended, Statutes 1915, p. 21.] How examinations shall be held.
$ 3. Examinations may be conducted by the state board of health or by a special committee of three examiners to be appointed by the board at least thirty days prior to each examination, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by said board. If such special committee of examiners be appointed, they shall prepare and submit to the board, at least ten days prior to the examination, all questions for such examination, which may be approved, rejected, changed or altered in any manner by and at the discretion of said board. Said examiners shall be paid their necessary traveling expenses and such compensation as shall be fixed by the state board of health. All expenses of conducting said examinations shall be paid from the fund hereinafter mentioned in the manner therein provided. If the examinations be conducted by said examiners, they shall mark all, examination papers of applicants and render to the board, within ten days thereafter, a report of the same in such form as may be prescribed by the board, which may change the grading on any paper. The board shall finally pass or reject all applicants, and its actions shall be final and conclusive and not subject to review by any court or other authority. The board shall issue to each successful applicant a certificate provided for in this act. [Amended, Statutes 1915, p. 21.] Registration after July 1, 1914.
§. 4. On and after July 1, 1914, no person shall be eligible for examination or for registration as a registered nurse who shall not furnish satisfactory evidence of having been graduated from an accredited training school for nurses. An accredited training school for nurses within the meaning of this act is hereby defined to be a school for the training of nurses attached to or operated in connection with a hospital or hospitals giving a general training and a systematic theoretical and practical course of instruction covering a period of at least three years. All applicants for examination must furnish satisfactory evidence of good moral character, and of having complied with the provisions of this act relative to qualifying False representation in examination.
§ 47. Any person who shall wilfully make any false representation or who shall impersonate any other person or permit or aid in any manner any, person to impersonate him in connection with any examination or application for examination or registration or request to be examined or registered, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. [Enacted, Statutes 1917, p. 45.]
§ 5. A nurse who has received his or her certificate according to the provisions of this act, shall be styled and known as a registered nurse, and shall be entitled to place the initials “R. N.” after his or her name. Nursing by friends not affected.
§ 6. This act shall not be construed to affect or apply to the gratuitous nursing of the sick by friends or members of the family, or to any person nursing the sick for hire who does not in any way assume to be, or practice as a registered nurse. Unlawful to pretend to be “R. N.”
§ 7. It shall be unlawful for any person not holding a certificate of registration issued by the state board of health to use the title "registered nurse” or the letters "R. N.," in connection with, or following his or her name, or to impersonate in any manner, or pretend to be, a "registered nurse." Registration of nurses from other states.
$ 8. The board, upon written application, and upon the receipt of ten dollars as registration fee, shall issue a certificate of registration without examination to any applicant who has been duly registered as a registered nurse under the laws of another state or foreign country having requirements equivalent to those provided for by this act. Revocation of certificate.
§ 9. The board shall have the power to revoke any certificate of registration for dishonesty, intemperance, immorality, unprofessional conduct, or any habit rendering a nurse unfit or unsafe to care for the sick, after a full and fair investigation of the charges preferred against the accused. Penalty.
§ 10. Any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall upon conviction be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for the first offense and not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each subsequent offense. Monthly report of receipts.
§ 11. Within ten days after the beginning of each month the secretary of the state board of health shall report to the controller the amount and source of all collections made under the provisions of this act, and at the same time all such amounts shall be paid into the state treasury and shall be placed to the credit of the special fund to be known as the fund for examination and registration of nurses; provided, that whenever and as often as there is in the state treasury to the credit of the fund for the examination and registration of nurses, funds in excess of ten thousand dollars the same may be invested by the state board of control in the same manner that the funds of the state school land fund are invested and the interest upon such investment when collected shall be placed to the credit of the fund for the examination and registration of nurses. All amounts paid into this fund shall be held subject to the order of the state board of health, to be used only for the purpose of meeting necessary expenses in the performance of the purposes of and the duties imposed by this act. Claims against the fund shall be audited by the state board of health and by the board of control and shall be paid by the state treasurer upon warrants drawn by the state controller. [Amended, Statutes 1917, p. 45.]
PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS IN INFANTS. An act to prevent blindness from ophthalmia neonatorum; to vest certain
powers and duties in the state board of health and health officers; to impose certain duties upon physicians, midwives, nurses, and other persons; and to provide for the enforcement of this act, and the repeal of Chapter XIV statutes of 1897 entitled “An act to regulate medical practice, to prevent blindness in infants," and other acts in conflict herewith.
[Approved June 11, 1915; Statutes 1915, p. 1431.] Ophthalmia neonatorum defined.
§ 1. Any condition of the eye, or eyes, of any infant in which there is any inflammation, swelling or redness in either one or both of eyes of any such infant, either apart from or together with any unnatural discharge from the eye, or eyes, of any such infant, at any time within two weeks after its birth, shall, independent of the nature of the infection, for the purpose of this act, be called ophthalmia neonatorum. Duty of physicians, etc., to report cases.
§ 2. It shall be the duty of any physician, surgeon, obstetrician, midwife, nurse, maternity home or hospital of any nature, parent, relative, and any person or persons attendant upon, or assisting in any way whatsoever, either the mother or child, or both, at childbirth, in all cases where such child shall develop within two weeks after its birth ophthalmia neonatorum, and such person shall know the same to exist, to report the case within twenty-four hours after knowledge of the same, in such form as the state board of health shall direct, to the local health officer of the county or municipality within which the mother of any such infant may reside. Duty of local health officer.
§ 3. It shall be the duty of the local health officer:
1. To investigate each case as shall be filed with him in pursuance with this act, and all other such cases as may come to his atte on.
2. To report all cases of ophthalmia neonatorum coming to his knowledge, and the result of all such investigations as he shall make to the state board of health, in such form as said board shall direct.
3. To conform to such rules and regulations as the state board of health shall promulgate for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act. Duty of state board of health.
4. It shall be the duty of the state board of health : 1. To enforce the provisions of this act.
2. To promulgate such rules and regulations as the state board of health may deem necessary to properly carry out the provisions hereof.
3. To provide for the gratuitous distribution of a scientific prophylactic for ophthalmia neonatorum, together with proper directions for the use and administration thereof, to all physicians, midwives and such other persons as may be lawfully engaged in the practice of obstetrics or assisting at childbirths.
4. To print and publish such further advice and information concerning the dangers of ophthalmia neonatorum and the necessity for prompt and effective treatment thereof, as said board may deem necessary.
5. To furnish without cost copies of this law to all physicians, midwives and such other persons as may be lawfully engaged in the practice of obstetrics or assisting at childbirths.
6. To keep a proper record of any and all cases of ophthalmia neonatorum as shall be filed in their office in pursuance with this law, and as may come to their attention in any way, and to constitute such records a part of the biennial report to the governor and the legislature.
7. To report any and all violations of this act as may come to their attention to the district attorney of the district wherein any violation of any provision of this act may have been committed, for the purpose of prosecution. Duty of maternity homes.
§ 5. It shall be the duty of all maternity homes, hospitals, and similar institutions wherein childbirths shall occur, to keep a record of all cases of ophthalmia neonatorum occurring or discovered therein. Such records shall be in the form and contain the matters which the state board of health shall prescribe. Penalty.
$ 6. The failure of any person mentioned in section two hereof to report, or the failure of any maternity home, hospital, or similar institution, to record any and all cases of ophthalmia neonatorum, as herein directed, or the failure or refusal of any person or institution, herein mentioned, to obey any rule or regulation adopted by the state board of health under this act, shall constitute a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined, for the first offense not to exceed fifty dollars : for a second offense not to exceed one hundred dollars; and for a third offense, and thereafter not to exceed two hundred dollars for each violation; and after
the third conviction, if the person be a physician, midwife, or other person professionally employed, such conviction shall be a sufficient cause for the revocation of the license of such person by the board which granted the
One-half of all fines collected hereunder shall go to the county wherein the prosecution was had, and the remaining one-half thereof shall go into the state treasury and constitute a special fund to be expended by the state board of health for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this act. Any case of ophthalmia neonatorum, or the resultant blindness therefrom, upon which the accused may have been in attendance as hereinbefore set forth, shall be prima facie evidence of knowledge of such case by the accused. Repealed.
$ 7. Chapter XIV, Statutes of 1897, entitled "An act to regulate medical practice, to prevent blindness in infants,” approved February 17, 1897, and all other acts and parts of acts in conflict herewith, are hereby repealed.
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS. [Sections from act creating a bureau of vital statistics of the state board of health, approved May 18, 1913; amended, 1917; Statutes 1915, p.
575; 1917, p. 717.) Filing certificate of birth.
§ 13. Within thirty-six hours after the date of each birth, there shall be filed with the local registrar of the district in which the birth occurred a certificate of such birth, which certificate shall be upon the form adopted by the state board of health with a view to procuring a full and accurate report with respect to each item of information enumerated in section fourteen of this act.
In sparsely-settled districts or where there is no direct mail communication with the county seat a reasonable time shall be fixed by the local registrar.
In each case where a physician, or midwife, or person acting as midwife, was in attendance upon the birth, it shall be the duty of such physician to file in accordance herewith the certificate herein contemplated.
In case no physician was in attendance it shall be the duty of the midwife or person acting as midwife to file such certificate.
In every case it shall be the duty of the father or mother of the child, the householder or owner of the premises where the birth occurred or the manager or superintendent of the public or private institution where the birth occurred, each in the order named, within ten days after the date of such birth, to report to the local registrar the fact of such birth. In such case and in case the physician, midwife, or person acting as midwife, in attendance upon the birth is unable, by diligent inquiry, to obtain any item or items of information contemplated in section fourteen of this act, it shall then be the duty of the local registrar to secure from the person so reporting, or from any other person having the required knowledge,