Nevada operates under the “Full Practice” regulatory structure allowing nurse practitioners to utilize the advanced skills and knowledge acquired through training. However, new nurse practitioners need to complete at least 2000 hours of supervised, collaborative practice with a physician or supervising practitioner before applying for prescribing privileges.
Although this might be a limitation, especially if the nurse practitioner has received sufficient advanced pharmacology education, the Board is trying to ensure that all applicants have received the proper education. This is especially important because controlled substances are being administered.
The National Academy of Medicine suggests that Full-Practice policies should be the standard in all US states. Therefore, APRNs are asked to join hands to advocate for its implementation in all states.