I am a FNP student in Colorado. They are changing the law in CO for ANP for prescriptive authority for new NP or if you transfer to CO for practice.
On or about July 2010, all applicants for ANP who wish to prescribe must:
1) Before you are even given a "provisional" prescribing license you have to complete 1800 hours with a physician or physician and NP team with their signatures. You do not have a license to prescribe medicine so how do you do this? Work free for a year and trying to find a doctor that will let you follow him around for a year? !
2) AFTER that you are granted a provisional license and must complete ANOTHER 1800 hours with a signed plan with a proctor physician.
Then you have full prescriptive authorithy within the scope of practice.
Initially, I thought that is not so bad. However, please help me understand this because may be your state is all ready like the above requirements......my later concern.....It appears that after I graduate and pass my boards that I will have to work for a year before I can get prescriptive, even provisional. Not a good job prospect. How can you complete 1800 hours of a mentorship without even a provisional license to prescribe medications?! I can see a provisional license for the first year, but it sounds like when I graduate I will have to find a physician willing to hire me or allow me to "follow" him around for a year when I can't prescribe medications until that.
Help me understand. I am now thinking about not finishing my NP degree if that is that way. It sounds like my job prospects will be very dismal for the first year, because I can't prescribe medicines at all until I "work" for 1800 but can't prescribe meds?
I hope I am reading this wrong.