Question about nurses and prescriptions?
- 0Aug 6, '11 by rondo341Why can nurse practitioners write prescriptions, but nurse anesthetists cannot? I know practitioners can't write them in Georgia, but anesthetists can't anywhere.
Nurse anesthetists are at the top of their field, yet they don't have the power to write prescriptions?
Why is this? Can CRNAs write prescriptions in any state?
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- 3Aug 6, '11 by GrnTea
the short answer is that prescriptive authority is not granted by the degree or education you have, but by the board of registration in nursing in your state that issues you a license. nurse practitioners have the classroom and clinical education to meet criteria to sit for the licensing exam to obtain prescriptive authority via licensure as anp, and to maintain it with ceus afterwards.
nurse anesthetists practice in a comparatively circumscribed field, and do not.
- 2Aug 6, '11 by Ashley, PICU RNThe information about licensing and education is correct. Also:
A CRNA does not operate as head of a private practice or as a primary caregiver. A CRNA performs anesthesia as needed for a procedure. There is no need for a CRNA to prescribe medications to perform his/her duties.
- 1Aug 6, '11 by SeeTheMoonQuote from MunoRNIn GA NPs and PAs work under a doc, but they CAN write scripts. Matter of fact, I got one from an NP filled this morn, but my pharmacist had to call the clinic to remind them *again* she said that the docs name must be on the script.NP's are allowed to act independently of an MD or other LIP and therefore have prescribing ability, CRNA's are not allowed to act independently and work under an MD.
- 0Aug 6, '11 by ckh23Quote from MunoRNNot true. Many states use ACT models where the CRNA practices under an MDA. However, if you go out into the more rural parts of the country, you will find CRNA's practicing independently without the supervision of an MDA because of "opt out" states. It really comes down to the state you are practicing in.CRNA's are not allowed to act independently and work under an MD.