nurse practitioner, as the bottom line still remains that Stephanie falsified a prescription. This presents a liable risk to Stephanie, the nurse practitioner’s name she utilized wrongfully, as well as the practice. Stephanie could be assessed by her state board of licensure to evaluate her certification. There is negligence that could be claimed amongst a lawsuit, if Mrs. Smith would have harmed by this prescription from Stephanie. By Stephanie taking on this responsibility upon herself, she puts the practice at legal risk and creates a possible uproar for medication reimbursements from major healthcare organizations. In order to prevent a situation like this from replicating itself, the office should have a meeting and/or handout discussing an overview of roles to be clear and concise on what is acceptable, legal, and essential for patient safety. To assure patient safety, someone such as Stephanie’s position, could take all requests for refills only on standing orders such as a patient’s blood pressure medication, yet non-standing orders such as pain management medications and antibiotics, those should always be compiled for the nurse practitioner or physician to address prior to providing a prescription to a patient. A clear set protocol and/or policy allows for comfort within one’s practice that all bases are met. Reference Your scope of practice as a medical assistant – a guide. (2018). MB Guide. Retrieved from
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