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Latest AONP Updates on Hydrocodone/Schedule II Drug Issue

September 10, 2014

From Benny Vanatta, AONP Executive Director / Lobbyist

AONP will meet with the PR firm of Schnake, Turnbo, Frank, this Thursday, to hear their approach and costs to help AONP get the word out to the public, and decision makers in Oklahoma about the effect of the hydrocodone issue. Stay tuned, as we attempt to keep you updated.

There are several things happening. Cheryl Ross your regional representative met with Rep. Sanders in Kingfisher, and he responded by scheduling a meeting with me on the 26th to see how he can help, and what we need to do. That is "grassroots" and getting involved. We need everyone to pin their legislators down that same way, and let's see how they react.

Check this web page often for the latest updates. Click here to view the archive.

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Welcome to the official site of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners. The mission of the AONP is to advance, support, and promote the high standards of health care delivered by nurse practitioners.

As a statewide professional association, we focus on the common needs of our members. We recognize the professional and political concerns facing nurse practitioners. AONP has always played a major role in facilitating and supporting changes in legislation that advance the role of the nurse practitioner. AONP believes that by providing better networking among our members, we will be better able to promote high standards of health care and thereby enhance the identity and continuity of nurse practitioners in our state.

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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who is prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and health care services to individuals of all ages. NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a master's and/or doctoral degree. NPs provide physical examinations, diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems, interpret laboratory results and X-rays, prescribe and manage medications and other therapies, provide training and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance, and refer patients to other health professionals as needed.

These informative videos explain the value of receiving health care from a nurse practitioner.

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Question (March 2014): This question is in regards to Physical Therapy referrals in Oklahoma. My understanding of the legislation regarding this was that NP's could "refer" for PT but could not "order" PT. I have recently been informed by the PT Department at Hastings Indian Medical Center in Tahlequah that NP’s could not refer for PT because of "state Law". I would appreciate some insight and clarification on this issue.

Answer: NPs may not refer to PT. The reason is the PT law does not allow PTs to receive referrals from NPs. There is nothing in our law that forbids us from referring patients to PT. It is the PT Act that prohibits it.

Question (September 2013): May a family nurse practitioner work in an emergency department if trained in competencies by the facility?

Answer: This is a good question, and I will try my best to answer based on information I received from Mindy Whitten, DNP, who is our resident expert on issues. Remember too, AONP is a professional organization and we do not intend to interpret the law, so always check with the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing on all issues such as this.

Whether you can or cannot do any particular function in any health setting depends on your educational background. There are two legal cites in the Nursing Practice Act that should be helpful to you. Specifically, they are in Oklahoma Statutes §567.3a.6, and in the State Board of Nursing Rules, OAC 485: 1015-6(b)(1-5). The State Board of Nursing website should be able to help you find the rules applicable. Hopefully, your employer may have a set of Oklahoma Statutes.

I know that is not the answer you were looking for, but maybe it can help you get down the path a little further.

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2015 AONP Executive Board Online Ballot Now Available

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Nurse Practitioner Stacy Tomberlin Selected for AANP Future Leaders Program

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AONP Regional Dinner Meetings and other Events

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AANP CMV Medical Examiner Training Program

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Federal Trade Commission Report on APRN Practice

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2014 AONP Legislative Day at the Capitol

More than 67 NPs attended the NP Legislative Day at the Capitol to meet with, inform and discuss practice issues with state legislators. Thank you to everyone who participated - It was a very productive day!

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Insurance available to AONP members

Beale Professional Service has provided a number of insurance plans that are available to AONP members. Click here to view all available insurance plans. Click here to view all membership benefits.

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Nurse Practitioner and Advocate of the Year Awards

AONP congratulates these outstanding Oklahoma NPs and AONP members. You are a wonderful assest to Oklahoma and we are proud to have you in our ranks.

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