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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Resources for Opioid Prescribing

Clinical Resources

  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment(SBIRT) is a strategy in the healthcare sector for reinforcing healthy behaviors, identifying problematic drug and alcohol use early, reducing substance misuse, and referring to treatment those who need it. This evidence based practice is a process with three main elements - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in medical settings.
  • The NH Prescription Drug Monitoring Program offers prescribers and pharmacists a valuable tool for improving both patient care and the health and safety of our communities. By taking advantage of this resource, prescribers will not only better manage patients' health and prescription usage, but also promote public health and safety through the prevention and treatment for controlled substance abuse, and assist in the reduction of the diversion of controlled substances.
  • The Federation of State Medical Boards offers a free CME entitled Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing.
  • The Massachusetts Medical Society offers a free Opioid Prescribing Seriesfor CME credit.

 Treatment Tools

  • HB 0271 relative to possession and administration of an opioid antagonist for opioid-related overdoses
    NH BON Advisory: An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) shall be under a professional duty to comply with the requirements of the Controlled Drug Act, RSA 318-B, and all administrative rules of the board of pharmacy adopted thereunder, and shall be afforded the benefit of the exemption for actions taken with an opioid antagonist provided in RSA 318-B:15, IV.

APRN Licensure and Certification Requirement:

The NH BON will be transitioning to a new licensing system--My License (MLO) by the end of April 2016. Pursuant to Nur 401.04, please be sure that your APRN certification is current when renewing your APRN license. If it is not, the system will trigger an alert to board staff to inactivate the license, which will then require a reinstatement application to be completed.

The Board Appointed Liaison Committee provides oversight and recommendations to the board regarding APRN issues and questions. The committee meets on a regular basis at the Board Please refer to the home page for posted public meetings. If you have an issue or question regarding advanced practice, please complete a clinical practice inquiry by going to the "Nursing Practice" section of this website and /or sending an email to boardquestion@nursing.state.nh.us.

APRN’s licensed in New Hampshire must maintain certification of specialty from a nationally recognized certification organization as a requirement of licensure.

An APRN whose certification lapses is considered to have an invalid NH APRN license and if s/he continues to practice in the APRN role, is considered practicing without a license.

Senate Bill 66 (effective 7/21/2009) has changed the ARNP designation to APRN.

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