APRN Licensing & Certification

PMH-APRN Scope of Practice Map (members only) - State by state guide to PMH-APRN scope of practice. Includes information pulled from each state's nurse practice act and more.

CNS Prescriptive Privileges by State (pdf) - From NCSBN, a January 2012 table detailing clinical nurse specialist prescriptive privileges by state.

APRN Maps - From NCSBN, a series of maps that show which states use which titles to represent APRNs, which roles each state recognizes, what education is required for an APRN role by state, as well as where APRNs can practice independently and where they have prescriptive privileges.

Regulations of APRN-PMH Practice Affecting Employment

This manual contains:

  • Information regarding Regulatory Structure and Authority, Title and Practice Protection
  • A listing of State Boards of Nursing with web links, statute links, and contact information for each
  • A listing of state laws and regulations, with links to applications
  • Information on Scope of Practice, Prescriptive Authority, DEA Registration, and Collaboration/Supervision

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Legislative Update: State of the States, 2010
Leslie G. Oleck, Angela Retano, Christine Tebaldi, Teena M. McGuinness, Steven Weiss, Julie Carbray, Laura Rodgers, Emily E. Donelson, Lisa Lynn Ashton, Darcy Koehn, and Patricia McCoy
Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 2011 17: 171-188

This article provides an update regarding individual state legislation for advanced practice psychiatric nursing, building on previous briefings. Specific attention is given to independent versus collaborative practice regulations, titling, and prescriptive authority. There is review of contemporary issues and focus on scope and standards of practice, workforce data, certification, and advanced practice regulatory models.

Click here to download a pdf of this article (members only)

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification
Find out more about renewing or verifying your certification, as well as exam preparation resources. Click here to learn about special APNA discounts on certification exams and materials.

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) FAQs
Important questions and answers regarding the EMTALA.

DEA Drug Registration
Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control. This page explains the DEA Number Assignment for Practitioner Registrants.

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