The healthcare system of any society is very delicate and this is why the quality of professionals employed to provide services must be paid keen attention. Certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNP’s) are empowered to carry out a range of duties as permitted by the law in whichever state they practice. These activities include but are not limited to diagnosis and initiation of treatment plans for chronic and acute conditions, requests for tests and evaluations, and prescribing medications.
The sensitivity of the healthcare system makes it imperative that nurse practitioners are appropriately certified and licensed to practice in whatever state that they will be offering their services. To practice as a nurse practitioner in Alabama, you must be licensed as CRNP. The Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) is the licensing authority in Alabama, providing licenses to about 90,000 licensed practice nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RN). The board is also responsible for licensing APRNs In addition to other requirements for being licensed as a nurse practitioner, you are expected to possess an RN license that is valid in the state.
Alabama is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which allows nurses to practice in multiple states. The compact has been fully implemented in some states like Alabama, Texas, and Wyoming among others. The nursing boards in these states can issue certified nurses with multi-state licenses to practice in member states. For inquiries about licensing and other matters concerning the practice of nursing in Alabama, contact the ABN by phone 1-800-656-5318 or email. The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners (ALBME) is the regulatory body that approves applications for collaborative practice between a physician and a CRNP. The ALBME specifies the roles of each party in the collaborative practice. They also provide approval for applications as regards to the prescription of controlled substances by CRNPs.