Ala. Admin. Code r. 540-X-8-.10 - Functions And Activities Of Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners

(1) The certified registered nurse practitioner is responsible and accountable for the continuous and comprehensive management of a broad range of health services for which the certified registered nurse practitioner is educationally prepared and for which competency is maintained, with physician collaboration as described in these rules. These services include but are not restricted to the following:
(a) Evaluate current health status and risk factors of individuals based on comprehensive health history and comprehensive physical examinations and assessments.
(b) Formulate a working diagnosis, develop and implement a treatment plan, and evaluate/modify therapeutic regimens to promote positive patient outcomes.
(c) Prescribe, administer and provide therapeutic measures, tests, procedures, and drugs.
(d) Counsel, teach and assist individuals/families to assume responsibility for self-care in prevention of illness, health maintenance, and health restoration.
(e) Consult with refer to other health care providers as appropriate.
(2) A standard protocol approved by the Board of Nursing and Board of Medical Examiners shall address permissible functions and activities specific to the advanced practice of the certified registered nurse practitioner.
(3) A certified registered nurse practitioner may, after the successful completion of an organized program of study and supervised clinical practice, carry out functions beyond the nurse practitioner educational preparation provided the functions are approved by the Board of Nursing as being within the legal scope of practice for a certified registered nurse practitioner. Such functions will be submitted to the Joint Committee for consideration for inclusion on the standard protocol.
(4) Requests for additional functions to be added to the protocol may be submitted to the Joint Committee for consideration.
(5) A certified registered nurse practitioner may write admission orders for inpatients as directed by the physician and subsequent orders in accordance with established protocols and institutional policies.


Ala. Admin. Code r. 540-X-8-.10
New Rule: Filed June 20, 1996; effective July 26, 1996. Amended: Filed August 25, 2003; effective September 29, 2003. Amended: Filed September 11, 2008; effective October 16, 2008.

Author: Patricia E. Shaner, Attorney for the Board of Medical Examiners

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยงยง 34-21-85, 34-21-86, 34-24-53.

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