In an effort to help curtail the national epidemic of opioid abuse, new prescribing guidelines have been enacted for all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNS) in Arkansas.
Act 1208 of A.C.A. §20-7-704 specifically states that all APRNs issued a certificate of prescriptive authority after December 31, 2015, shall obtain a minimum of three (3) hours of prescribing education which includes information on maintaining professional boundaries and the prescribing rules, regulations and laws that apply to APRNs in the state within two (2) years of issuance of the prescriptive authority certificate (ASBN Rules, Chapter 4, Section VIII, A.7.). In order to meet this requirement you will need to complete two courses, Advanced Practice Nursing in Arkansas (2 contact hours) and Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse (1 contact hour).
APRNs with prescriptive authority shall complete five (5) contact hours of pharmacotherapeutics continuing education in the APRN’s area of certification each biennium prior to license renewal. Effective January 1, 2017, two (2) of the prescribing hours must contain information related to maintaining professional boundaries and the prescribing rules, regulations and laws that apply to APRNs in Arkansas (ASBN Rules, Chapter 4, Section III,F.7.). In order to meet this requirement you will need to complete the course Advanced Practice Nursing in Arkansas (2 contact hours). This is to be completed prior to renewal of your license.
In order to help APRNs meet these requirements, the following continuing education courses have been prepared. After review of each module a posttest is to be completed with a mandatory score of 75 percent or better. Once completed, a certificate will be emailed to you. Please note that this requirement has not been satisfied until you are in possession of the certificate of completion.
The posttest may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 501-686-2714 attention: Debbie Garrett, DNP, APRN. Please contact me at email@example.com or 501-686-2725 with any questions.
*ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING IN ARKANSAS - PDF
Advanced Practice Nursing in Arkansas - TEST - PDF
Advanced Practice Nursing in Arkansas - ANSWER SHEET - PDF
*Two (2) contact hours