Wv Board Of Nursing Collaborative Agreement

The Future of Nursing West Virginia is pleased to announce that after nine years of effort, HB 4334 was passed by both the WV House of Delegates (unanimously) and the WV Senate (one no) and was signed into law by Governor Tomblin on March 27, 2016. This law eliminates the restrictive requirement for a cooperation agreement with a physician after three years of aprN practice, expands the prescription form for APRNs, and allows APRNs to sign documents previously signed only by physicians. It also removes old laws that restrict the individual practices of nurse midwives and certified nurse anesthesiologists and group them under the single designation of Registered Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN). The largest beneficiaries of this legislation are the 170,000 new Medicaid recipients who acquired health care for the first time through Medicaid expansion and have so far not had access to adequate resources for primary care. Before this law was passed, the WV closed APRN practices because doctors could not sign cooperation agreements. Now, nurses can reopen practices in this state, where 50 of the 55 counties are considered undeserved health care zones. Nurse midwives are required to have formal, written cooperation agreements with obstetricians or other qualified physicians and submit them to the Board. APRNs requesting permission to write recipes must also submit cooperation agreements. CONSIDERING that the doctor and nurse have concluded an agreement on the terms of the cooperation, which in this agreement is reduced to the written form.

An APRN will file a separate application for order-writing privilege. There is a $125 fee. The APRN must verify a cooperation agreement. For information on advanced practice requirements, contact the Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. The AI Board of Directors can be reached by email at rnboard at wv.gov or by phone at 304-558-3596 or 877-743-6877. This is a great day for WV and a big step towards better health for our citizens and nursing. The applicant must ensure that certain supporting documents are sent from primary sources. Both official transcripts and certification certificates must be sent directly from the issuing school or agency to the West Virginia Board.

Candidates who have practiced in states other than APRNs will be invited to be sent a check by any applicable state nursing committee. APRN applications are available online (www.wvrnboard.wv.gov/forms/Pages/default.aspx). The application can also be completed via an online portal (www.wvrnboard.wv.gov/licensing/Pages/default.aspx); a printer is required. .

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