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APRN Practice Statement Regarding Treatment of Family Members

The NH BON recognizes, as the NH Board of Medicine has for physicians, that there are certain situations where APRNs could appropriately prescribe for family members in acute, short term situations. See AMA Ethical Guidelines 8.19 Self-Treatment or Treatment of Immediate Family Members.

To paraphrase this guideline, it would not always be inappropriate for APRNs to undertake self-treatment or treatment of immediate family members. In emergency settings or isolated settings where there is no other qualified health care provider available, APRNs should not hesitate to treat themselves or family members until another qualify health care provider becomes available. In addition, while APRNs should not serve as a primary or regular care provider for immediate family members, there are situations in which routine care is acceptable for short-term, minor problems. Except in exceptional, emergency situations, it is not appropriate for APRNs to write prescriptions for controlled substances for themselves or immediate family members.


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