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?
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