Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are registered nurses (RNs) licensed to carry out certain tasks that are considered outside the scope of nursing practice at the RN level. These professionals can request tests, diagnose patients following detailed examination, draw up and manage treatment plans in addition to prescribing and dispensing legend and controlled medications (which they might need a separate clearance for).
The healthcare industry has become more team-oriented with the empowerment of every team member to contribute to decision-making in the patient’s interest over the years. Nurse practitioners (NPs) account for the majority of APNs in the US and this is a guide on how to be licensed to practice as one in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Board of Nursing is the regulatory agency for nursing practice in the state and it functions under the Division of Consumer Affairs arm of the Department of Law and Public Safety. This agency issues RN and APN licenses to qualified applicants all year long. The board ensures that only qualified nurses of good conduct are licensed to offer nursing services to the citizens in New Jersey.