HOUSE BILL 142
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
RELATING TO LICENSURE; EXPANDING THE PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY OF CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONERS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 61-3-23.2 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1991, Chapter 190, Section 14, as amended) is amended to read:
"61-3-23.2. CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONER--QUALIFICATIONS--PRACTICE--EXAMINATION--ENDORSEMENT--EXPEDITED LICENSURE.--
A. The board may license for advanced practice as a certified nurse practitioner an applicant who furnishes evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:
(1) is a registered nurse;
(2) has successfully completed a program for the education and preparation of nurse practitioners; provided that, if the applicant is initially licensed by the board or a board in another jurisdiction after January 1, 2001, the program shall be at the master's level or higher;
(3) has successfully completed the national certifying examination in the applicant's specialty area; and
(4) is certified by a national nursing organization.
B. Certified nurse practitioners may:
(1) perform an advanced practice that is beyond the scope of practice of professional registered nursing;
(2) practice independently and make decisions regarding health care needs of the individual, family or community and carry out health regimens, including the prescription and distribution of dangerous drugs and controlled substances included in Schedules II through V of the Controlled Substances Act; and
(3) serve as a primary acute, chronic long-term and end-of-life health care provider and as necessary collaborate with licensed medical doctors, osteopathic physicians or podiatrists.
C. Certified nurse practitioners who have fulfilled requirements for prescriptive authority may prescribe in accordance with rules, regulations, guidelines and formularies for individual certified nurse practitioners promulgated by the board.
D. Certified nurse practitioners who have fulfilled requirements for prescriptive authority may dispense or distribute to their patients dangerous drugs and controlled substances included in Schedules II through V of the Controlled Substances Act that have been prepared, packaged or fabricated by a registered pharmacist or doses of drugs that have been prepackaged by a pharmaceutical manufacturer in accordance with the Pharmacy Act and the New Mexico Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.
E. Certified nurse practitioners licensed by the board on and after December 2, 1985 shall successfully complete a national certifying examination and shall maintain national professional certification in their specialty area. Certified nurse practitioners licensed by a board prior to December 2, 1985 are not required to sit for a national certification examination or be certified by a national organization.
F. From July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019, upon a determination by the board that an application is complete and approved, the board shall issue a license to a certified nurse practitioner licensed in another state if the applicant meets the qualifications required of certified nurse practitioners in this state. The board shall expedite the issuance of the license within five business days."
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