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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 healthcare.

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.

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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.

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Question (February 2019): Can a Family Nurse Practitioner work in the Emergency Department?

Answer: Regarding your question, “Can a Family Nurse Practitioner work in the Emergency Department”? I will refer you to the Board of Nursing’s Decision Making Model for Scope of Practice at In addition, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing has a list of accepted APRN certifications at I did not see the Emergency Nurse Practitioner certification listed as accepted. The ENP is the nationally-recognized certification that prepares APRNs for work in the Emergency Department. During the FNP program that you attended, did you perform any clinical hours in that clinical site? Did your FNP program cover for instance, how to assess, diagnose, and treat an acute myocardial infarction, an intracranial hemorrhage, or acute pancreatitis with septic shock? If the answer to these questions is ‘no’, then you are likely not qualified, based upon your FNP educational preparation, to care for these types of patients.

If you were trained in your FNP program on how to assess, diagnose, and treat community-acquired pneumonia with stable vital signs or repair a laceration to the finger from a cut after a fall, then you are qualified to see these types of patients, whether seen in the Emergency Department or Urgent Care. The same is true for an adult as well as pediatric patients. Many FNPs currently work in rural, critical access Emergency Departments across the state. This is acceptable since Oklahoma BON does not accept the ENP certification but one must be prepared for the liability if your educational program did not prepare you for assessing, diagnosing, and treating critically ill patients whether in the Emergency Department or hospital setting.

Question (November 2018): Can a Nurse Practitioner prescribe benzodiazepines or sedatives during a telemedicine encounter?

APRNs are allowed to prescribe Schedule III-V in the state of Oklahoma, granted that the APRN has prescriptive authority, a DEA, and OBNDD, as well as their Registered Nurse license. Most Benzodiazepines are classified as schedule IV depressants under the Controlled Substances Act. Versed, a particular Benzodiazepine is prohibited by the OBN Exclusionary Formulary (2017) except for use during “Rapid Sequence Intubation”, unless the APRN has the proper licensure, certification, credentials, and privileges. This would not be the case in a Telemedicine situation. As for “sedatives”, that is a broad list, some of which can be prescribed by APRNs, like Diazepam and Ambien, as well as others that cannot, like Fentanyl. This would be the same in a Telemedicine situation. As in any situation, the APRN should be able to perform and document a thorough physical assessment before prescribing these, or any, medications. References:
“Benzodiazepines”. (2013). Drug Enforcement Administration: Office of Diversion Control. Retrieved from
“Exclusionary formulary for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with prescriptive authority”. (Revised 2017). Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Retrieved from


Question (September 2018):
Can an NP write an order for speech therapy in Oklahoma?

Yes, an APRN may write an order for speech therapy.

Question (July 2018):
Can a nurse practitioner do lumbar punctures? If so, how does one get trained on doing them?

Answer: If you are trained in acute care, or an ER NP trained by their program - you may do lumbar punctures, as they are done in an acute care situation. The Oklahoma State Board of Nursing website can provide greater clarification for you.

Question (July 2018): 
I have a question regarding Medical Assistants. I work independently in an on-site clinic. I do understand the Medical Assistant cannot give injections. My question is can they draw blood?

I don’t believe so. That is a nursing skill and we cannot delegate to an MA.

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