Nurse State Licensure Case Study

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse State Licensure Nurse practitioners must maintain certification as an FNP as well as maintain licensure as an APRN to be able to practice. As a new graduate, this process may seem laborious. However, the South Carolina licensure website does a great job at simplifying the process and provides a checklist of the requirements for the APRN license application. The application may be completed online or sent to the board by mail. The requirements to be sent to the board include: APRN licensure by endorsement application, proof of current RN license, masters degree from an accredited program approved by the board with official transcripts, application fees, supervising physician info if applicable, passport-type…show more content…
To obtain prescriptive authority, the prescriptive authority application can be submitted with or separately from the APRN license application. However, forty-five continuing education hours in pharmacotherapeutics must be completed prior to submitting the prescriptive application. Fifteen of the forty-five required hours must be related to controlled substances if applying to prescribe Schedules III through V controlled substances. The prescriptive authority expires every two years at the same time as the APRN license expires (South Carolina Department of Labor, n.d.). I must also apply for a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number to be able to prescribe controlled substances; this may take up to 6 weeks for approval. The DEA number must be renewed every three years (U.S. Department of Justice: Drug Enforcement Administration, n.d.). Additionally, I will obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number for transactions related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standard. To do so, I will submit a web-based application through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) website (Department of Health and Human Services,…show more content…
Whether the changes are related to evidenced-based practice or laws related to practice, the nursing field is constantly evolving. Although APRNs are heading in a great direction, there are still many limitations to their practice. As shown in Barton Associates’ (2015) law guide, there is a trend in the chart that shows more restrictions placed on NPs the farther southeast one works. Considering I live in South Carolina, I witness these restrictions first hand. However, to our advantage, South Carolina has a lot of influence from the military community considering it’s high population of military personnel. “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment” (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2016). Therefore, APRNs will be able to practice independently within the VA system, regardless of the state’s rules and regulations. I am looking forward to the changes this will bring within the next few years. I believe this will help motivate states to relieve some, if not all, of the restrictions placed on APRNs as they see more efficient use of healthcare resources in the VA system in every
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