scope of RN practice, and without the standardized procedure, the NP is legally vulnerable (Yang, 2014). Also, for NP to order some certain medication like schedule II to schedule V must strictly occur under a physician by a standardized procedure, and a formulary may be incorporated.
In fact, California law does not allow NPs to practice independently except under physician or surgeon supervision. The advanced nurse practitioner must complete six months experience in furnishing or ordering of drugs. Then, NPs must hold an active furnishing or ordering number which must be registered with the United State Drug Enforcement Administration with a direct physician or surgeon supervision (Department of Consumer Affairs, 2014). Though, the state of California allow nurse practitioners who have completed the additional advanced course in pharmacology may order, dispense, and prescribed some schedule drugs including schedule II to schedule V controlled substances (Yang, 2014). The State of Washington law requires that advanced practice registered nurses must first meet the educational requirements for each designation and obtain certification from the Commission approved certifying body (Kaplan & Brown, 2011). The master’s prepared nurse must obtain their degree from accredited institutions that are recognized by the United States Department of Education. The applicant for APRN licensure must first hold an RN license in Washington state that is not subject to sanction or restriction from the commission. Then, the student must be tested and passed the board exam competency in the field of specialty. The Washington State’s advanced registered nurse practitioners are regulated by nursing care quality assurance commission.
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