New Ky. law ex­pands nurses’ pre­scrib­ing author­ity

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - Robeznieks —An­dis

A new Ken­tucky state law that ex­pands pre­scrib­ing author­ity for ad­vanced prac­tice reg­is­tered nurses took ef­fect last week.

The mea­sure rep­re­sents a com­pro­mise af­ter years of con­tentious de­bate. At the close of the 2013 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, state­house lead­ers in­structed the Ken­tucky Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Ken­tucky Academy of Fam­ily Physi­cians and the Ken­tucky Coali­tion of Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers and Nurse Mid­wives to set­tle their dif­fer­ences on the is­sue.

The law al­lows nurse prac­ti­tion­ers to pre­scribe in­de­pen­dently af­ter pre­scrib­ing un­der physi­cian su­per­vi­sion for four years. If NPs from an­other state have been pre­scrib­ing, ei­ther in­de­pen­dently or un­der su­per­vi­sion for four years, they are el­i­gi­ble to pre­scribe in Ken­tucky. The law also es­tab­lishes a Col­lab­o­ra­tive Pre­scrib­ing Agree­ment Joint Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee com­posed of three ad­vanced prac­tice RNs with pre­scrib­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and three physi­cians with ad­vanced-prac­tice-RN-su­per­vi­sion ex­pe­ri­ence.

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