Nurse practitioner primary care competencies in specialty areas: Adult, family, gerontological, pediatric, and women's health.
- 1.Full prescriptive authority for NPs as appropriate based on their education, training, licensure, and certification (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2011,National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2012,National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2016).
- 2.NP authority to prescribe adjunct health/medical services, all medical devices, durable medical good/equipment, and supplies.
- 3.The prescribing NP's name to be displayed on prescription pads (including electronic formats) and dispensed medication bottles.
- 4.Implementation of e-prescribing, when possible.
- 5.The ability for all NPs to independently receive and distribute medication samples.
- 6.Language in all states' nurse practice acts and amendments to clearly and specifically include diagnosis, treatment, and prescriptive authority in an NP's scope of practice as appropriate based on his/her education, training, and certification.
- 7.Provider-inclusive language in all legislation at both the state and national level affecting access to health care and prescribing health care providers for children (Dawson and Lighthouse, 2010,Institute of Medicine, 2011,National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2011).
- 8.All NPs obtaining a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number, and controlled substance licenses.
- 9.All NPs caring for infants and children obtaining continuing education in pediatric pharmacology on a routine basis (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2012).
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Adopted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' Executive Board on January 13, 2016. This document replaces the 2010 NAPNAP Position Statement on Nurse Practitioner Prescriptive Privileges.
All regular position statements from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners automatically expire 5 years after publication unless reaffirmed, revised, or retired at or before that time.
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