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    Susan Engle
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    Advanced Practice Nurse must pay 20K for implying she was a doctor. Do we have the authority to use the title Doctor, or Dr. when we hold a doctorate degree? This would include Ph.D., DNP, DPT, and so on. The focus is the use of Dr. What regulation is in your state board of nursing jurisdiction about Ph.D. and DNP-prepared registered nurses using Dr. in any setting, academic or practice? Has there been any conversation with your legislatures on this matter? What do we need to do to give doctorally prepared nurses the authority to use Dr.?

    https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=BPC&sectionNum=2054.

    CHAPTER 5. Medicine [2000 – 2529.6] ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1313, Sec. 2. )

    ARTICLE 3. License Required and Exemptions [2050 – 2079] ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1313, Sec. 2. )

    2054.
    (a) Any person who uses in any sign, business card, or letterhead, or, in an advertisement, the words “doctor” or “physician,” the letters or prefix “Dr.,” the initials “M.D.,” or any other terms or letters indicating or implying that he or she is a physician and surgeon, physician, surgeon, or practitioner under the terms of this or any other law, or that he or she is entitled to practice hereunder, or who represents or holds himself or herself out as a physician and surgeon, physician, surgeon, or practitioner under the terms of this or any other law, without having at the time of so doing a valid, unrevoked, and unsuspended certificate as a physician and surgeon under this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

    (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), any of the following persons may use the words “doctor” or “physician,” the letters or prefix “Dr.,” or the initials “M.D.”:

    (1) A graduate of a medical school approved or recognized by the board while enrolled in a postgraduate training program approved by the board.

    (2) A graduate of a medical school who does not have a certificate as a physician and surgeon under this chapter if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

    (A) If issued a license to practice medicine in any jurisdiction, has not had that license revoked or suspended by that jurisdiction.

    (B) Does not otherwise hold himself or herself out as a physician and surgeon entitled to practice medicine in this state except to the extent authorized by this chapter.

    (C) Does not engage in any of the acts prohibited by Section 2060.

    (3) A person authorized to practice medicine under Section 2111 or 2113 subject to the limitations set forth in those sections.

    (Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 775, Sec. 22. (SB 798) Effective January 1, 2018.)

    To read the accusation against her RN license go to http://www.rn.ca.gov license verification.

    This topic has been a concern for many DNP students and graduates for years. It continues to be a source of concern and controversy. Please share your thoughts and insights here so we may all learn from each other.

    https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/CountyOfSanLuisObispo/media/DistrictAttorneyMedia/Press%20Release%20Photos/22CV-0589-CC-Complaint-for-Injunction,-Civil-Penalties-and-other-equitable-relief.pdf

    https://www.asrn.org/journal-advanced-practice-nursing/2865-np-must-pay-20k-for-implying-she-was-a-doctor.html

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