drug therapies and initiation of appropriate therapies, according to the established protocol and consistent with the practice setting” (FAC, 64B9-4.010, 2012). As cited in Buppert (2016), ARNPs in the state of Florida may diagnose, treat, prescribe, and order tests. The ARNP is able to manage and provide primary and acute care, diagnose illness, prescribe tests and medications, promote health and wellness (Nurse Practice Act, §464.003(2), 2016) . The Institute of Medicine (IOM) researched the quality of nurse practitioners and found that they have equal safety and quality outcomes as physicians. The IOM recommends that ARNP nurse practitioners be able to practice independently with full prescriptive ability () .On April 14, 2016, Florida became the last of the 50 states to pass the bill (HB-423) that allows ARNPs and physician assistants (PA) rights to prescribing Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances. The law limits prescribing privileges for Schedule II controlled substances to a seven-day supply. The law also specifies the controlled substances the ARNP cannot prescribe until they have completed specialized training, such as not being able to prescribe psychotropic medications for children less than 18 years of age, unless the ARNP is a Psychiatric Nurse. References Buppert, C. (2015). Nurse practitioner’s business practice and legal guide (5 th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. Florida Administrative Code (FAC), 64B9-4.010 (2012). Florida Nurse Practitioner. Retrieved from Nurse Practice Act, Florida Statute §464.003 (2016). Nurse Practice Act, Florida Statute §464.012 (2016).
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