April 25, 2014

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Scope of Practice

Previously House Bill 7071 by Representative Cary Pigman (R-Sebring) and the Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation, House Bill 7113 now includes provisions that would authorize ARNPs to prescribe controlled substances within the framework of a supervisory protocol with a physician. It would also authorize independent practice for ARNPs with a specified level of experience and education, excluding those specialized as certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives. In addition, it would allow all ARNPs to initiate the Baker Act and those who are certified as psychiatric mental health independent practitioners would be allowed to release Baker Act patients. Amendments to delete or significantly revise the ARNP scope of practice segment of the bill were offered but were not adopted. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. Similar legislation in the Senate - Senate Bill 1352 by Senator Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) - is currently in the Judiciary Committee.