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 becomes 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.