Rhode Island

For PN licensure:

An applicant seeking initial licensure to practice practical nursing in the State of Rhode Island must:

1.  Be of good moral character;

2.  Have completed at least an approved high school course of study or the equivalent supported by diploma or certificate thereof as determined by the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education;

3.  Have furnished satisfactory proof that he or she successfully completed the prescribed curriculum in an approved program of practical nursing and holds a diploma or certificate from the program or is a graduate of an approved school of professional nursing or was a student in good standing at an approved school of professional nursing before completing the program of studies and, at the time of withdrawal, had completed a program of study, theory and clinical practice equivalent to that required for graduation from an approved school of practical nursing;

4.  Foreign trained applicants must meet the requirements set forth in § 5.3.2 of these Regulations.

For RN licensure:

A. Professional (Registered) Nurse. An applicant seeking initial licensure to practice professional nursing in the State of Rhode Island must:

1. Be of good moral character;

2. Have completed at least an approved high school course of study or the equivalent supported by diploma or certificate thereof as determined by the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education; and

3. Have successfully completed the prescribed curriculum in a Board-approved basic professional nursing education program and holds a diploma from the program,

4. Foreign trained applicants must meet the requirements set forth in § 3.3.4(C) of this Part.

 

For APRN licensure:

An applicant seeking initial licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the State of Rhode Island shall:

1. Be of good moral character;

2. Hold a current Rhode Island license as a registered nurse or privilege to practice and shall not hold an encumbered license or privilege to practice as an RN in any state or territory;

3. Graduation from an APRN graduate or post-graduate program, as evidenced by official documentation received directly from an APRN program accredited by a nursing accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or its successor organization, as acceptable by the Board.

4. Be currently certified by a national certifying body recognized by the Board in the APRN role and population focus appropriate to educational preparation.

5. Report any criminal conviction, nolo contendere plea, Alford plea or other plea arrangement in lieu of conviction;

6. Have committed no acts or omissions that are grounds for disciplinary action as set forth in the Act and this Part; and

7. Provide other evidence as required by this Part.

8. All clinical nurse specialists seeking initial licensure as an APRN in the State of Rhode Island must meet all the criteria as stated in the Act and this Part including national certification in a role and population focus recognized by the Board.

9. Status of Current Licensees. Any person holding a license to practice nursing in the State of Rhode Island as a certified nurse practitioner, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist or certified registered nurse anesthetist, as defined in the Act, R.I. Gen. Laws Chapters 5-34 and 5-34.2, that was valid as of June 17, 2013 shall be deemed to be licensed as an APRN, with his or her current privileges and shall be eligible for renewal of such license as defined under the provisions of the Act and this Part.

 

More APRN information:

A. Prescriptive Authority - Advance Practice Registered Nurses

1. An Advanced Practice registered Nurse (APRN) licensed by the Board may prescribe, order, procure, administer, dispense and furnish over the counter, legend and controlled substances pursuant to applicable state and federal laws, when the APRN has completed an educational program as described in § 3.3.2(B) of this Part, that includes courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment and is within the APRN's role and population focus.

2. Prescribing, ordering, dispensing and furnishing shall include the authority to:

a. Diagnose, prescribe and institute therapy or referrals of patients to health care agencies, health care providers and community resources;

b. Prescribe, procure, administer, dispense and furnish pharmacological agents, including over the counter, legend and controlled substances; and

c. Plan and initiate a therapeutic regimen that includes ordering and prescribing non- pharmacological interventions, including, but not limited to, durable medical equipment, medical devices, nutrition, blood and blood products, and diagnostic and supportive services including, but not limited to, home health care, hospice, and physical and occupational therapy.

3. Prior to prescribing those drugs classified under R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 21-28 as controlled substances, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse shall be required to register for such privileges with the Board of Pharmacy, Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Registration Unit of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

B. Prescriptive Authority - APRN - Certified Nurse Practitioner. Prescriptive privileges for a certified nurse practitioner shall include all the authority under the APRN license including prescription of legend medications and prescription of controlled substances from schedules II, Ill, IV and V that are established in regulation.

C. Prescriptive Authority - APRN - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

1. Prescriptive privileges for a certified registered nurse anesthetist may be granted in accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 5-34.2.

2. Certified registered nurse anesthetists shall practice in accordance with the current American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Guidelines for Nurse Anesthesia Practice, if the nurse anesthetists guidelines for nurse anesthesia practice neither violate nor contradict this Part or the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 5-34.2.

D. Prescriptive Authority - APRN - Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist

1. Prescriptive privileges for a certified clinical nurse specialist shall include:

a. Diagnosing, prescribing and instituting therapy or referrals of patients to health care agencies, health care providers and community resources; and

b. Planning and initiating a therapeutic regimen that includes ordering and prescribing non-pharmacological interventions, including, but not limited to, durable medical equipment, medical devices, nutrition, blood and blood products, and diagnostic and supportive services including, but not limited to, home health care, hospice, and physical and occupational therapy; and

c. Prescription of over the counter medications within their population focus.

2. Prescriptive privileges for APRNs with the population focus of psychiatric/mental health:

a. Shall include prescription of certain psychotropic and certain legend medications, controlled substances from Schedule II classified as stimulants, and controlled substances from Schedule III and IV that are allowed pursuant to applicable Rhode Island and federal laws and regulations, and are within their population focus;

b. Shall not include controlled substances from Schedules I, II, and V and those certain legend medications not included in § 3.7(D)(2)(a) of this Part.

3. Each setting where such prescriptive privileges are allowed may further restrict prescriptive practices according to their own protocols.

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