Can NPs prescribe medication? - page 2

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In what states can Nurse Practitioners prescribed medication? Can all NPs prescribe medication; Acute Care, Pediatric Care, etc.? Also, if you further your career from a practitioner to an anesthetist, can you still prescribe... Read More


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    I can prescribe narcotics in MA....although sometimes I wish I couldn't!
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    I live in NY and when I had my neurosurgery the NP the works with my neurosurgeon prescribed all the discharge meds, including oxycodone(without APAP) which happens to be a CII controlled substance. Also when I was in the hospital after the surgery I was put on a PCA but needed the medication increased(I've been a PM patient for over three years so obviously I have a tolerance for pain medication). To get the PCA increased they had to call the Pain Service and a NP from the pain service came down to access me and ordered the changes and also ordered an increase in the IV benzo(ativan) I was getting. So I guess it varies by state whether or not a NP can prescribe a controlled substance/narcotic.
    Last edit by Munch on Nov 2, '11
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    Quote from diva rn
    They can definitely prescribe narcotics in Florida..in fact, they can prescribe anything....
    Really this is what the BON has to say:
    :
    Can a nurse practitioner write prescriptions for controlled substances?
    A:
    No, federal law requires that anyone prescribing controlled substances have a DEA license number. All prescriptions for controlled substances should be written and signed by a licensed physician.

    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursi..._faq.html#ARNP

    To the OP, NPs can prescribe in all states. They can prescribe narcotics in all states but Alabama and Florida (some states may have additional restrictions on schedule IIs).
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    Gee, I will have to tell that to my Rheumatologist NP next month when she writes my next script for Vicodin....just like she did this month.
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    Many times NPs have an agreement with a physician who basically co-signs on all of the narcotics they prescribe, BUT it all depends on the state and the scope of practice for the NPs in that state which is set up by the state's BON. In Hawaii NPs now have full prescriptive authority as well (I believe, well at least that's what my practicing NP instructors tell me), they are working to get full prescriptive authority in many other states, in NC they can write everything except they must have a cooperative agreement with a coordinating physician for narcotics.
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    They can in GA but under physician. Example, when you get script filled it will have MDs name not NPs. And yep to narcs.
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    Quote from diva rn
    Gee, I will have to tell that to my Rheumatologist NP next month when she writes my next script for Vicodin....just like she did this month.
    Better tell her that ugly piece of paper with a DEA number and her name on it are for donuts, eggplant, and armchairs.
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    Quote from core0
    Really this is what the BON has to say:

    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursi..._faq.html#ARNP

    To the OP, NPs can prescribe in all states. They can prescribe narcotics in all states but Alabama and Florida (some states may have additional restrictions on schedule IIs).
    UH...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl9y3SIPt7o (dated 2009)


    http://www.flahec.org/hlthcareers/NP.HTM
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    Excuse my ignorance, but what is the difference between NP and DNP? Is it just masters vs ph.d?
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    Quote from healthstar
    Excuse my ignorance, but what is the difference between NP and DNP? Is it just masters vs ph.d?
    http://allnurses.com/nursing-news/cn...us-397311.html



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