Prescriptive Authority In Nursing

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Carla, I agree with you that prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners varies from state to state. Currently only 12 states allow nurse practitioners to prescribe medications without restriction and you also mentioned that the other 38 states require physician collaboration or restrictions on controlled substances (allnurses, 2013). However, many states have made, and continue to make, changes to existing laws that regulate scope of practice for APRNs, including independent prescribing privileges. The laws regulating APRN is still very dynamic. Despite the existence of the consensus model, there still exist many differences between the states with respect to prescriptive authority. In some states, prescriptive authority is granted at

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