RULE 067.00.97-001 - Chapter 3: Registered Nurse Practitioner

RULE 067.00.97-001. Chapter 3: Registered Nurse Practitioner



A registered nurse practitioner is a licensed professional nurse prepared in the manner stated herein who provides direct care to individuals, families and other groups in a variety of settings, including homes, hospitals, offices, industry, schools and other institutions and health care settings. The service provided by the nurse practitioner is directed toward the delivery of primary, secondary and tertiary care which focuses on the achievement and maintenance of optimal functions in the population. The nurse practitioner engages in independent decision making about the nursing care needs of clients and collaborates with health professionals and others in making decisions about other health care needs. The practitioner plans and institutes health care programs as a member of the health care team. The nurse practitioner is directly accountable and responsible to the recipient for the quality of care rendered.

Regulations which apply to registered nurses are hereby incorporated by reference.


1. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing authorizes the registered nurse practitioner, in collaboration with a licensed physician and under direction of the physician, to perform particular acts at the advanced and specialized levels as recognized by the nursing profession and which are in conformity with the Nurse Practice Act.

a. Secures, records and evaluates the health, psychosocial and developmental history of patients.

b. Performs physical examinations using techniques of observation, inspection, auscultation, palpation and percussion, and uses appropriate diagnostic tests.

c. Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings on the history and physical examination and refers the individuals who need further evaluation or supervision.

d. Documents the processes of nursing care delivery.

e. Contributes to the comprehensive care of the ill in collaboration with the health care team.

f. Coordinates health care plans to enhance the quality of health care and diminish both fragmentation and duplication of service.

g. Contributes to the health education of individuals and groups and applies methods designed to increase each person's motivation to assume responsibility for his own health care.

h. Facilitates entry into and through the health care system by appropriate route.

i. Counsels with families and/or individuals regarding family planning, pregnancy, child care, emotional stresses, long term illness and general health problems,

j. Performs periodic health evaluations and plans for health maintenance of clients,

k. Conducts community clinics for case finding and screening for health problems.

2. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing authorizes the registered nurse practitioner, in collaboration with a licensed physician and under direction of the physician, to perform particular acts recognized by the nursing profession and which are in conformity with the Nurse Practice Act.

a. Assumes responsibility for ongoing health maintenance and clinical management of stable chronically ill patients.

b. Provides initial care of emergencies and initiates arrangements for continuing definitive care.

c. Identifies, manages and initiates treatment for common medical problems by "Protocols" as described in Section I.C.

d. Evaluates progress and manages prenatal and postpartum care.


1. Any nurse practicing as a registered nurse practitioner shall practice in accordance with protocols developed in collaboration with and signed by a licensed physician.

2. Protocols shall address:

a. Established procedures for the management of common medical problems in the practice setting.

b. The degree to which collaboration, independent action and supervision are required.

c. Acts including, but not limited to, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation.

3. Protocols shall not include controlled substances.

4. Documentation

a. Orders transmitted from protocols shall be documented on the client's medical record.

b. Orders transmitted from protocols to inpatient medical records shall contain:

(1) Name of medication, therapeutic device or treatment.

(2) Strength

(3) Dose

(4) Length of time or amount prescribed.

(5) Directions for use

(6) RNP Signature

(7) Physician's name, printed, followed by notation "protocol."

5. Any deviation from written protocols shall require:

a. A specific written or verbal order from the collaborating physician before the order is transmitted or implemented.

b. Documentation in the medical record as specified in & b.(1)-(6) above, and notation that order was by consultation, to be signed by the RNP.

6. Review of Protocols

a. The RNP shall document annual joint review with the licensed physician, and revise when necessary.

b. The RNP shall, upon request, provide the Board with current protocols.

7. Nothing in this regulation shall be construed to prohibit any registered nurse practitioner from transmitting a prescription order orally or telephonically, or from administering a legend drug pursuant to a lawful direction of a licensed physician, dentist, or advanced practice nurse who holds a certificate of prescriptive authority.


The RNP shall, upon request of the Board, provide documentation outlining the extent of services, responsibilities and required supervision of nurse practitioners, and the accompanying responsibilities of collaborating physicians.


The registered nurse practitioner shall demonstrate competence in any act or procedure delegated by the collaborating physician.



1. Active licensure as a registered nurse in Arkansas.

2. Documentation acceptable to the Board of:

a. Satisfactory completion of a nurse practitioner educational program. Such program of study shall conform to the program guidelines outlined herein, and shall be approved by the Board.

3. Documentation to the Board of completion of a preceptorship under a preceptor who meets the following qualifications:

a. Current licensure as an RNP or ARNP, and

b. Three (3) years experience as an RNP or ARNP; or

c. A physician currently licensed.


In addition to current licensure as a registered nurse, the information submitted to the Board shall include:

1. A completed application form;

2. An official transcript or document from a program which meets the qualification as set forth in & Il.A above, and which contains the dates of entry and completion, and the credential conferred.

3. If not included in the official transcript, a document from the program verifying the preceptorship, including the beginning and ending dates, and the licensure status of the preceptor.


1. The date for renewal of licensure to practice as a registered nurse practitioner shall coincide with the renewal of the applicant's registered nurse license.

2. An application for renewal of a registered nurse practitioner license shall submit to the Board:

a. A completed application form;

b. Payment of the nonrefundable renewal fee.


1. The license is lapsed if not renewed or placed in an inactive status by the expiration date.

2. Failure to receive the renewal notice shall not relieve the licensee of the responsibility for renewing the license by the expiration date.

3. Any licensee whose license has lapsed shall submit to the Board:

a. A completed Board renewal application form;

b. The renewal fee and the reinstatement fee.

4. Fees are nonrefundable.

5. Any person practicing as a registered nurse practitioner during the time his or her license has lapsed shall be considered an illegal practitioner and shall be subjected to the penalties provided for violation of the Nurse Practice Act.


1. Any licensee in good standing who desired his or her registered nurse practitioner license to be placed on inactive status may submit a request in writing to the Board.

2. The current license shall be placed on inactive status from the date of expiration

3. While the license is inactive, the licensee shall not engage in registered nurse practitioner nursing nor be subject to the payment of renewal fees.

4. If the nurse desires to resume practice, he or she shall submit a written request for a renewal application, which shall be completed and submitted with a renewal fee and the reinstatement fee.

5. Fees are nonrefundable.

6. If disciplinary proceedings on an inactive licensee have been initiated, the license shall not be reinstated until the proceedings have been completed.


A. The licensee shall immediately report a lost, stolen or destroyed license to the Board.

B. A duplicate license shall be issued when the licensee submits a notarized statement to the Board that the document is lost, stolen, or destroyed, and pays a duplicate credential fee.

C. The license will be marked "duplicate" and date of issuance noted.


A. A licensee whose name is legally changed shall be issued a replacement license following submission of the current license, along with an affidavit, copy of marriage license or court action, and the required fee.

B. A licensee, whose address changes from the address appearing on the current license, shall immediately notify the Board of the change. The Board shall not issue a new license; but shall make such changes in current license files.


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