March 2, 2015
I thought I would take a few moments and not only bring you up to date, but give you a timeline of events and how AONP got to the point it is today.
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Welcome to the official site of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners. The mission of the AONP is to advance, support, and promote the high standards of health care delivered by nurse practitioners.
As a statewide professional association, we focus on the common needs of our members. We recognize the professional and political concerns facing nurse practitioners. AONP has always played a major role in facilitating and supporting changes in legislation that advance the role of the nurse practitioner. AONP believes that by providing better networking among our members, we will be better able to promote high standards of health care and thereby enhance the identity and continuity of nurse practitioners in our state.
A Nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who is prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and health care services to individuals of all ages. NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a master's and/or doctoral degree. NPs provide physical examinations, diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems, interpret laboratory results and X-rays, prescribe and manage medications and other therapies, provide training and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance, and refer patients to other health professionals as needed.
These informative videos explain the value of receiving health care from a nurse practitioner.
Question (September 2014): From the OK Nursing Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules, I understand that only physicians can purchase drugs in bulk and dispense in bulk. Are VFC bulk medications in multi-dose vials not considered stock meds? Can a NP-managed primary care clinic order Vaccination for Kids (VFC) vaccines without having to go through a physician provider?
Answer: A nurse practitioner may not order medications to dispense prescriptions such as antibiotics or anti-hypertensives for resale. Nurse practitioners may procure samples and dispense samples according to DEA and OBNDD. Vaccinations may be purchased or received by state stock and administered in the an NP office. It is important to know OHCA and DHS require participation in the Vaccination for Kids program in order to be contracted as a provider within the medicaid program. The paperwork for the DHS vaccination program is not terribly long but the OHCA contract is. Both survey the clinic annually. Each body comes with a wealth of knowledge for the clinic on updated vaccines, handouts and research. The DHS is very supportive of each clinic and the services we bring to the state.
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