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Ohio Attorney General Issues Statement on Practice of Non-ACNPs

Tuesday, July 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Dailey
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Ohio Attorney General Issues Statement on Practice of Non-ACNPs

The Ohio Board of Nursing requested an opinion of the Ohio Attorney General regarding the ability of non-ACNPs (Acute Care Nurse Practitioners) working in acute care environments.  As a result of the opinion, the attorney general did not find enough of a guideline in the statute to form an opinion.  However, as part of the Attorney General response, the office suggests that the Ohio Board of Nursing may want to develop a regulatory guideline which could further clarify this issue.  Included in the response by the Attorney General, they note:

1. Pursuant to R.C. 4723.43(C), an advanced practice registered nurse designated as a certified nurse practitioner may provide services for acute illnesses, so long as the services are consistent with the nurse's formal education, clinical experience and national certification, and the services are provided in accordance with rules adopted by the Board of Nursing.

2. Whether a certified nurse practitioner who is not nationally certified in acute care may engage in acute care practice based upon post-graduate clinical experience obtained in the course of employment and training incident to that employment shall be determined by the Board of Nursing.

3. The Board of Nursing may require a certified nurse practitioner to obtain national certification in acute care if the Board of Nursing determines that the certification is necessary to document that the certified nurse practitioner has the requisite education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in acute care practice.