The Practice Of A Nurse Practitioner

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Advance Practice Nurse
In order to practice as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Indiana you must hold a state registered nursing license complete a master 's program with certain course requirements. According to NursingLicensure.com (n.d.) there are two educational options leading to Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) recognition in Indiana: obtain a master 's degree or higher in nursing, or obtain a bachelor 's degree in nursing plus national certification. There is not a specific application to become a NP unless you are also pursuing prescriptive authority. Most laws in Indiana focus on regulating practice of nurse practitioners center around prescribing.
In order to apply for prescriptive authority in Indiana you must submit proof of and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license, the nursing program will then submit an official transcript to the Indiana State Board of Nursing showing successful completion of the graduate program. The college that the graduate program is completed needs to be accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. It is also required to submit proof of successful completion of graduate level pharmacology course consisting of at least two semester hours, and written practice collaborative agreement (Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, n.d.). If you received a bachelor 's degree rather than a graduate degree, you must submit proof of current national certification (Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, n.d.). APNs with…
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