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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.
 
 

 

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