Pursuant to legislation in 2009, the standards for advanced practice nurses (APNs) to obtain prescriptive authority were modified to require APNs, in addition to obtaining specified levels of education and experience, to develop an articulated plan for safe prescribing that documents how the APN will collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals in his or her practice of prescribing medications. Under the 2009 legislation, APNs who were granted prescriptive authority prior to July 1, 2010, were permitted to retain that authority but were required to develop an articulated plan of safe prescribing within one year, or by July 1, 2011.
The bill allows the state board of nursing, on a case-by-case basis, to extend the deadline by which APNs with prescriptive authority granted before July 1, 2010, are required to develop an articulated plan, but in no case is the board allowed to extend the deadline beyond July 1, 2012. An APN seeking a deadline extension must submit to the board, prior to July 1, 2012, an application and fee and an attestation that he or she has developed an articulated plan. The board is to adopt rules establishing the criteria for granting a deadline extension. A decision of the board regarding a deadline extension request is not appealable.