32-1605.01. Executive director; compensation; powers; duties
A. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, the board shall appoint an executive director who is not a member of the board. The executive director is eligible to receive compensation set by the board within the range determined under section 38-611.
B. The executive director or the executive director's designee shall:
1. Perform the administrative duties of the board.
2. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, employ personnel needed to carry out the functions of the board.
3. Issue and renew temporary and permanent licenses, certificates and prescribing or dispensing authority.
4. Issue single state and multistate licenses pursuant to this chapter to applicants who are not under investigation and who meet the qualifications for licensure prescribed in this chapter.
5. Perform other duties as directed by the board.
6. Register certified nursing assistants and maintain a registry of licensed nursing assistants and certified nursing assistants.
7. On behalf of the board, enter into stipulated agreements with a licensee for the confidential treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring of chemical dependency. A licensee who materially fails to comply with a program requirement shall be reported to the board and terminated from the confidential program. Any records of a licensee who is terminated from a confidential program are no longer confidential or exempt from the public records law. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, stipulated agreements are not public records if the following conditions are met:
(a) The licensee voluntarily agrees to participate in the confidential program.
(b) The licensee complies with all treatment requirements or recommendations, including participation in alcoholics anonymous or an equivalent twelve step program and nurse support group.
(c) The licensee refrains from the practice of nursing until the return to nursing has been approved by the treatment program and the executive director or the executive director's designee.
(d) The licensee complies with all monitoring requirements of the stipulated agreement, including random bodily fluid testing.
(e) The licensee's nursing employer is notified of the licensee's chemical dependency and participation in the confidential program and is provided a copy of the stipulated agreement.
8. Approve nursing assistant training programs that meet the requirements of this chapter.
C. If the board adopts a substantive policy statement pursuant to section 41-1091 and the executive director or designee reports all actions taken pursuant to this subsection to the board at the next regular board meeting, the executive director or designee may:
1. Dismiss a complaint pursuant to section 32-1664 if the complainant does not wish to address the board and either there is no evidence substantiating the complaint or, after conducting an investigation, there is insufficient evidence that the regulated party violated this chapter or a rule adopted pursuant to this chapter.
2. Enter into a stipulated agreement with the licensee or certificate holder for the treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring of the licensee's or certificate holder's abuse or misuse of a chemical substance.
3. Close complaints resolved through settlement.
4. Issue letters of concern.
5. In lieu of a summary suspension hearing, enter into a consent agreement if there is sufficient evidence that the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.
D. The executive director may accept the voluntary surrender of a license, certificate or approval to resolve a pending complaint that is subject to disciplinary action. The voluntary surrender or revocation of a license, certificate or approval is a disciplinary action, and the board shall report this action if required by federal law.