NAPNA informational update
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Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association Update
Dear esteemed colleagues:
As always it is a pleasure to continue to serve membership and I hope this update finds you well and successful! We hosted a great webinar on the Legal 2000 process presented by Dr. Dickson and Dr. Wirjo. If you missed it, you can still register under the “events” tab and view it for CEU. We will continue to roll out CEU webinars about topics of interest!
Membership in professional nursing organizations
Advanced practice nursing is one of the most influential healthcare professions. NAPNA spearheaded and led the charge for both autonomous practice in 2013 and signature recognition in 2017. NAPNA is present at the healthcare table educating key stakeholders about the APRN paradigm and our contributions. Consistent and strong representation is necessary for NAPNA to continue to participate in guiding legislation, improving and increasing quality and access to care, and advocating for issues such as reimbursement and protection of autonomous practice. NAPNA also provides educational and leadership opportunities, student scholarships, and dinner meetings for networking and collaboration. Unfortunately, unless we increase and maintain membership, nursing policy will be mainly influenced by physicians, hospital corporations, insurance companies, government, and politicians (Black, 2014). Please join or renew your NAPNA membership to support leadership in their efforts to advocate for your practice. As with most nursing organizations, the minority support the efforts for the majority. “A professional organization’s main strength rests in the size of its membership and the active role it plays in the profession.” (Esmaeili, et al, 2013, p 265).
Black, B. (2014). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
Esmaeili, M., Dehghan-Nayeri, N., & Negarandeh, R. (2013). Factors impacting membership and non-membership in nursing associations: A qualitative study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 15(3), 265-272. Doi:10.1111/nhs.12012
Supervision of Medical Assistants
There is current confusion and questions about APRN’s supervising medical assistants. APRNs may not delegate nursing tasks to medical assistants. Their governance falls under the Board of Medical Examiners. Attached please find a letter of explanation of the acceptable parameters.
Medical Marijuana and APRNs
APRNs can now sign the application form for a patient who is applying for a marijuana registry ID card or provide a letter of approval to use marijuana. The attending provider must maintain written documentation as required by NRS 453A.210.
Suicide education requirement
Nevada APRNs have a requirement to obtain 2 hours of suicide prevention education each licensure cycle. NAPNA has provided opportunity for education at both the North and South CEU events and will be hosting webinars to provide opportunity to meet the requirement. I anticipate a suicide CEU webinar event likely in June. Please look for this announcement soon and register.
Opioid education requirement
Nevada APRNs have a requirement to obtain 2 hours of opioid education each licensure cycle. NAPNA has provided opportunity for education at both the North and South CEU events and will be hosting webinars to provide further opportunity to meet this requirement. I anticipate a CEU webinar event likely in July. Please look for this announcement soon and register.
In service to the community,
Cindy Pitlock, DNP, CNM, APRN
Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association