states NP's practice solo?

  1. what states can an NP practice solo in? How solo? Like have an office w/o a doc?
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  3. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    I'm pretty sure if you search this forum, you'll find this topic covered in several other threads.

    As far as total independence, I know New Mexico allows this. I don't know if there are any other states that give NPs complete independence or not.
  4. by   Trube
    It varies by state. I live in Oregon. We can work indipendantly of a physician. As a relatively new grad, I would not think of hanging a shingle and doing my own thing.

    That being said, I do work part time in a NP only practice. There are 4 of us total, and I like having someone to turn to when I have questions. I feel comfortable with their level of experience. As a practice, we have a number of informal physicians we can call on to ask questions.

    My other job requires me to work closely with an orthopedic surgeon. I have a very good relationship with him and use him as a tremendous resource.
  5. by   core0
    Quote from 1nuttynurse
    what states can an NP practice solo in? How solo? Like have an office w/o a doc?
    Here is a list of states that allow independent practice (this is way harder to find than it should be).

    NP Scope of Practice - American College of Nurse Practitioners

    David Carpenter, PA-C
  6. by   ANPFNPGNP
    Quote from core0
    Here is a list of states that allow independent practice (this is way harder to find than it should be).

    NP Scope of Practice - American College of Nurse Practitioners

    David Carpenter, PA-C
    I noticed that OK is on the list that practices independently. This is an error. OK still requires NP's to collaborate with physicians.
  7. by   core0
    Quote from ANPFNPGNP
    I noticed that OK is on the list that practices independently. This is an error. OK still requires NP's to collaborate with physicians.
    There is another list around here that has a list of states where there is no physician involvement required to prescribe or to practice. If I remember its around 11 states. It used to be up in the sticky section but I think it got merged. I'll see if I can dig it up. Basically you take all the states in the Pearson report that allow practice without physician involvement then subtract those that require physician involvement for prescriptive authority.

    David Carpenter, PA-C
  8. by   dhigbee
    Quote from ANPFNPGNP
    I noticed that OK is on the list that practices independently. This is an error. OK still requires NP's to collaborate with physicians.
    Well, not really. In Oklahoma our practice is independent, and is regulated by the state BON. In order to prescribe, however; we need a "supervising physician", who is available via telephone or email (or onsite) should we need a consult. The physician supervises our prescribing, not our practice... Clear as mud?

    Dana
  9. by   sirI
    david, the thread you're thinking about is found in this thread:

    other "sticky" threads of interest - please read - specifically in this thead: what are the best and worst states to practice as an np?

    here is the the pearson report 2008 as published in ajnp


  10. by   BarbaraNP
    In Washington state we are independent.
  11. by   ANPFNPGNP
    Quote from dhigbee
    Well, not really. In Oklahoma our practice is independent, and is regulated by the state BON. In order to prescribe, however; we need a "supervising physician", who is available via telephone or email (or onsite) should we need a consult. The physician supervises our prescribing, not our practice... Clear as mud?

    Dana
    The TXBON says the same thing, but this is not independence. When we don't have any connection to a physician at all, then we can consider ourselves truly independent.

    I looked up the rules on the OK BON and it doesn't look any better for your guys than it does down here in TX.

    BTW, I used to live in OK City and I remember the medical community being very anti-NP and pro-PA. It's very different in TX or at least in the areas where I've lived.
  12. by   cluelessRN81
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  13. by   Dr. Tammy, FNP/GNP-C
    Quote from ANPFNPGNP
    BTW, I used to live in OK City and I remember the medical community being very anti-NP and pro-PA. It's very different in TX or at least in the areas where I've lived.
    Physicians probably like the control over PA's where as APN's operate in a totally separate discipline. Control is the key. The only control that physicians have over APN's is the control APN's allow physicians to have over APN practice. APN's allow this control to continue in many different ways, not the least of which is in our fragmented thinking of how we practice. More often than not, I have read that APN's truly consider themselves as engaged in the practice of medicine and not the practice of advance nursing. Until this changes, APN's will have no choice than to be controlled by physicians, just like PA's, since most affirm that they are practicing in another discipline (medicine) in which they are not licensed (e.g. physician and surgeon).

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