Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner
Nursing and Nursing Support Section
An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP) is a registered nurse who has obtained additional education and licensure to manage common health problems and chronic conditions including prescribing treatments and medications.
Most APRN-NPs have a masters or doctoral degree in nursing. All must pass a national certification examination. APRN-NPs practice in collaboration and consultation with physicians and other health care practitioners. APRN-NPs are eligible for federal controlled substance registration. APRN-NPs may prescribe controlled substance Schedules II through V. APRN-NPs may receive samples.
NEW LICENSURE REQUIREMENT FOR APRN-NPs (Nurse Practitioners)
LB 107 passed this last legislative session. This bill eliminates the requirement for a nurse practitioner to have an integrated practice agreement with a collaborating physician. The bill became effective August 30, 2015.
So, what does this mean for you? If you are a Nurse Practitioner who has practiced a minimum of 2,000 (two thousand) hours as a Nurse Practitioner, you do not need to do anything. You simply will not be required to have an integrated practice agreement with a collaborating physician after the effective date.
However, if you have NOT practiced as a Nurse Practitioner a minimum of 2,000 (two thousand) hours, you will need to submit to the Department a Transition to Practice agreement. The Transition to Practice agreement must be with a supervising provider who may be a physician, osteopathic physician or nurse practitioner. The supervising provider must be licensed and practicing in Nebraska in the same practice specialty or related specialty.
Federal Controlled Substances (DEA) Registrant Information can be accessed by credentialing organizations, hospitals, and pharmacies after obtaining a User ID and Password. To obtain a User ID and Password contact the Licensure Unit by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to General License Information this version of the data contains Federal Controlled Substances Registration numbers and expiration dates for health care providers that hold a Nebraska license and have submitted proof of holding such Federal Registration. Federal controlled substances (DEA) registrant information is validated on licenses at the time of issuance and updated on a quarterly basis.