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The 5 Biggest Prescription Errors That Nurse Practitioners Can Make (Part 1: Be Careful To Whom You Prescribe Controlled Substances)

This is part one (1) of a five (5) part series titled the “5 biggest prescription errors that nurse practitioners can make”.  Today’s blog discusses the individuals to whom a nurse practitioner cannot prescribe controlled substances.  Since there has been a rise in prescription drug abuse in North Carolina in…

What Must Nurse Practitioners Do To Renew Their Approval To Practice in North Carolina?

Every year nurse practitioners (NPs) have to renew their approval to practice with the North Carolina Board of Nursing.  Since nurse practitioners must also have an active NC nurse license, they must make sure that their registered nurse license in NC does not lapse.  Renewal of a NC registered nurse…

When Are Nurse Practitioners Required to Report to Their Supervising Physician?

Before nurse practitioners begin working with a supervising physician, they must enter into a collaborative practice agreement.  The collaborative practice agreement (CPA) will stipulate as to what medical acts a nurse practitioner will perform.  CPAs need to be specific as to what clinical problems the nurse practitioner may frequently encounter…

North Carolina STOP Act Opioid Prescription Changes in 2020

In June 2017, North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan took effect.  The state has rolled out changes to schedule II & III prescription drug writing and dispensing requirement in stages.  These changes are aimed at combating the opioid addiction that had plagued the state for years.  If the state’s Opiod Action…

What Medical Equipment Should A Nurse Practitioner Have?

Some nurse practitioners may want the best and most complicated piece of equipment that comes out for patient care.  Others may focus on sticking with the most essential pieces of equipment for their patient care.  Neither way is incorrect and what type of practice a nurse practitioner is engaged in…

How Do I Appeal the Decision of A Professional License Board in North Carolina?

Every professional in the state of North Carolina has the right to judicial review of an occupational licensing board decision as stipulated in North Carolina General Statute §150B-43.  What this means is that the licensee can appeal any Board or government agency decision concerning his/her license after she/he has had…

Top 5 Tips to Help Nurse Practitioners Practice Ethical Telemedicine

#1:   NURSE PRACTITIONERS ARE EXPECTED TO OFFER THE SAME  STANDARD OF CARE AS THEY NORMALLY WOULD A nurse practitioner must be as competent a professional virtually as she/he is required to be in person. A nurse practitioner must perform her/his job to the same standards as other persons in the…

Nurse Practitioners! These 3 Simple Policies and Procedures Can Help Save Your Medical Practice Time and Money

#1:   CREATE A POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR IF YOUR PRIMARY SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN IS UNAVAILABLE DUE TO AN EMERGENCY Emergencies sometimes happen. However, nurse practitioners must have a supervising physician available when they are seeing patients Your policies and procedures should start with the supervising physician being required to notify the…

Top 5 Things Nurse Practitioners Should Do If Operating a Medical Clinic With A Physician

  #1:   OBTAIN YOUR OWN MALPRACTICE INSURANCE, POSSIBLY Okay, so this is more of advice in case you have a complaint or lawsuit filed against you. It’s still good advice. Check with your employer to see if their medical malpractice insurance covers you. If your employer says you’re covered, then…

North Carolina Nurse Practitioners Must Know These 6 Things If They Are Prescribing Medication

#1:   INCLUDE PRESCRIBING/DISPENSING AUTHORITY IN THE COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AGREEMENT The collaborative practice agreement (CPA) must specify that the nurse practitioner is going to be prescribing and/or dispensing medication If the nurse practitioner is going to be prescribing controlled substances, then it must be clear in the CPA which controlled substances…