Can NPs prescribe medication?

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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 medication?
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    most states allow nps some prescribing rights, but each state is different.
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    NPs may prescribe all meds in the state of Florida.
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    Also, if you further your career from a practitioner to an anesthetist, can you still prescribe medication?


    Thanks.
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    I'm an FNP in MA, and I have the same prescribing privileges as an MD. FWIW, an NP and a CRNA are two totally different career and educational paths. You don't have to be an NP before you become a CRNA. CRNAs can precribe in my state.
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    Anyone with Prescriptive Authority or DEA license can prescribe meds..
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    A NP and Anesthetist are two different career paths requiring two different education paths and licensing exams. If you become a NP first you will be able to prescribe meds if your state allows. CRNA's or nurse anesthetist do not prescribe meds outside the surgical setting. They only give meds during surgical procedures or post operatively in PACU. If you obtain both licenses you may only prescribe meds working in the role of a Nurse Practitioner. Becoming a nurse practitioner is not a way to further your career to an anesthetist. They are both master prepared nurses with neither being a higher level of education or further down the career path than the other.
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    They can prescribe all meds except narcotics, it depends where you live.
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    They can prescribe all meds except narcotics, it depends where you live.
    In most areas they can prescribe narcotics.
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    They can definitely prescribe narcotics in Florida..in fact, they can prescribe anything....


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