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December 10, 2014
Listed below are documents that have been created to help educate consumers, legislators and APRNs, on this issue, as we approach the next legislative session.
Check this web page often for the latest updates. Click here to view the archive.
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.Read more →
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.National Medical Report →
Question (September 2014): From the OK Nursing Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules, I understand that only physicians can purchase drugs in bulk and dispense in bulk. Are VFC bulk medications in multi-dose vials not considered stock meds? Can a NP-managed primary care clinic order Vaccination for Kids (VFC) vaccines without having to go through a physician provider?
Answer: A nurse practitioner may not order medications to dispense prescriptions such as antibiotics or anti-hypertensives for resale. Nurse practitioners may procure samples and dispense samples according to DEA and OBNDD. Vaccinations may be purchased or received by state stock and administered in the an NP office. It is important to know OHCA and DHS require participation in the Vaccination for Kids program in order to be contracted as a provider within the medicaid program. The paperwork for the DHS vaccination program is not terribly long but the OHCA contract is. Both survey the clinic annually. Each body comes with a wealth of knowledge for the clinic on updated vaccines, handouts and research. The DHS is very supportive of each clinic and the services we bring to the state.
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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The Nurse of the Day program gives Nurse Practitioners an opportunity to bring advanced practice nursing to the policy makers, and provides an opportunity for NPs to learn more about the legislative process.
During the legislative session, many professional associations are trying to get legislators to take notice of their views. The Nurse of the Day program provides visibility and an opportunity for NP voices to be heard. The 2015 Legislative Session is just around the corner and we want to make sure that nurses are engaged and active in legislation that may affect nurses and nursing practice. If you would like to come to the Oklahoma State Capitol, to serve as the Nurse of the Day, please click here to learn more and/or to sign-up.