New Ky. law expands nurses’ prescribing authority
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.