Can NPs prescribe medication?

  1. 0 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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  3. Visit  rondo341 profile page

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  4. Visit  baker1bv profile page
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    most states allow nps some prescribing rights, but each state is different.
  5. Visit  diva rn profile page
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    NPs may prescribe all meds in the state of Florida.
  6. Visit  rondo341 profile page
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    Also, if you further your career from a practitioner to an anesthetist, can you still prescribe medication?


    Thanks.
  7. Visit  BCgradnurse profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  79Tango profile page
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    Anyone with Prescriptive Authority or DEA license can prescribe meds..
  9. Visit  SkipBeat profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  healthstar profile page
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    They can prescribe all meds except narcotics, it depends where you live.
  11. Visit  ChristineN profile page
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    Quote from healthstar
    They can prescribe all meds except narcotics, it depends where you live.
    In most areas they can prescribe narcotics.
  12. Visit  diva rn profile page
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    They can definitely prescribe narcotics in Florida..in fact, they can prescribe anything....
  13. Visit  BCgradnurse profile page
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    I can prescribe narcotics in MA....although sometimes I wish I couldn't!
  14. Visit  Munch profile page
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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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  15. Visit  core0 profile page
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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:
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    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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