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Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner's Mission 

Welcome to the official site of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners (AONP). Our mission is to advance, support, and promote the high standards of health care delivered by nurse practitioners. We are dedicated to improving patient access to quality health care.

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.




What is a Nurse Practitioner?

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.

National Medical Report
Nurse Practitioners Leading the Charge




Ask The Expert

Question (August 2017): Does administrative support staff for our NP's have to be LPN's or RN's? Can an MA serve as administrative support to an NP, without administering injections?

Answer: NPs may have MAs as support staff. But to be clear, MAs may not have direction from NPs regarding drugs prescribed for the patient. The Nurse Practice Act states only those people licensed may be directed by an NP in relation to drugs. MAs are not licensed, per the Nurse Practice Act. Therefore MAs may not be ordered by an NP to give an injection or give medicine to a patient. However, an NP may direct an MA to give a patient a bath, take their temperature, check blood pressure, etc.



Question (August 2017): Can an NP in a hospital setting sign a DNR for a hospice patient? I know there is a physician certification/DNR for patients that are unable to speak but can an NP sign that instead?

Answer: That is a hospital decision. The hospital will have a rule that will/will not allow NPs to sign DNRs.



Question (June 2017): 
Can a nurse practitioner practice at a free clinic and prescribe without a supervising physician?

Answer: The only reason a nurse practitioner (APRN) needs a supervising physician is if they have prescribing authority, and are using it. Otherwise, NPs can and do operate independently. But, you cannot prescribe unless you are licensed with prescriptive authority and you can only prescribe Schedule III-IV medications.


 

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