The Missouri General Assembly recently passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Ellen Brandom of the 160th District, pictured right, that will advance nursing regulatory excellence for greater public protection. With the passage of this bill, the Missouri State Board of Nursing is granted expedited hearing authority, allowing the Board to take quick action to stop the unlawful conduct of a nurse. The Board will be able to hold a default hearing to discipline a nurse even if the nurse cannot be located. The title "nurse" is also protected under this bill. The State Board of Nursing will be proposing new rules pertaining to the ability of retired nurses to practice without compensation yet lawfully still refer to themselves as nurses. Also pictured is Charlotte York of Sikeston, a Missouri State Board of Nursing member, who said they "are very appreciative of the hard work" to pass the legislation and expressed her gratitude to Brandom "who values nurses and is clearly committed to protecting the public in this state."