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The 5 Biggest Prescription Errors That Nurse Practitioners Can Make (Part 4: Prescribing Drugs and/or Devices that are not included in the collaborative practice agreement)

This is part four (4) of a five (5) part series titled the “5 biggest prescription errors that nurse practitioners can make”.  Today we are discussing prescribing drugs and/or devices that are not included in the collaborative practice agreement.  Only under certain circumstances, as discussed below, may a nurse practitioner prescribe a drug or device …

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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 the last 10 years or …

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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 license must be done prior to …

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When Are Nurse Practitioners Required To Confer With 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 and what treatment the nurse practitioner …

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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 Plan is successful then it will save …

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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 NP and office staff of …

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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 politely ask for a copy of …

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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 the NP is authorized to …

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Nurse Practitioners Have to Know These 5 Things in Order to Have a Solid Collaborative Practice Agreement

#1: You Must Have A Primary (Partner) Physician In order for a nurse practitioner to obtain approval to practice from the NC Medical Board and the NC Board of Nursing, he/she must work with a licensed NC physician under a collaborative practice agreement Ideally, this primary physician should be someone with whom you have previously …

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Nursing Patient Abandonment in North Carolina and How to Avoid It

Being without a trusted healthcare professional that you are dependent upon is a scary proposition.  As professionals, we owe a duty to our clients to make sure they are in the proper hands when our obligation to them has concluded.  To this end, the NC Board of Nursing considers patient abandonment a notable offense.  However, …

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