OBN E*News 03/30/2012 -Advanced Practice Nurses and Schedule II Prescribing
Senator Scott Oelslager introduced Senate Bill 83 on February 16, 2011, to expand the authority of certain advanced practice nurses to prescribe schedule II controlled substances. The bill was passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by Governor Kasich on March 9, 2012. The bill becomes law and will go into effect on June 8, 2012. The Board will adopt rules pertaining to an APN's authority to prescribe schedule II controlled substances, and the Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG) will recommend revisions to the Formulary pertaining to schedule II controlled substances.
The CPG expects to complete the additions/revisions to the Formulary by June 8, 2012, the effective date of the bill. The Board is beginning the rulemaking process with a planned effective date of November 1, 2012. The Board and CPG welcome recommendations and comments.
The Board will also establish a rule regarding the continuing education course requirements for Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) holders. The Board is planning an effective date of November 1, 2012 to provide ample time for CTP holders to complete the required six hours of continuing education before the renewal cycle ends on August 31, 2013. When you renew your license, you will be required to verify completion of the continuing education course.
The Board encourages APNs and other interested parties to periodically check the Board website for additional information regarding implementation of Sub. SB 83, draft administrative rules, and CPG information. If you have questions or comments, please contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to the Bill, an overview and the LSC analysis have been provided on the Board's website. http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/
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