In an effort to help curtail the national epidemic of opioid abuse, new prescribing guidelines have been enacted for 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, continuing education courses have been prepared. After review of each course a post-test is to be completed with a mandatory score of 70 percent or better. Once completed, a certificate will be available for download. Please note that this requirement has not been satisfied until you are in possession of the certificate of completion.
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing partners with Table Mesa online hosting platform. The mandatory courses are located on the Table Mesa platform. You will need to register for your FREE Table Mesa account in order to access the courses and tests.
As you set up your Table Mesa account, please keep the following items in mind:
- You will need to enter Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as your profession
- Enter Arkansas State Board of Nursing in the Search for courses or providers field
- Enter your APRN license number. You will also need to know your original license issue date and expiration date. You may locate the information at www.nursys.com
- Access the Table Mesa instruction flyer below
Instructions to register for FREE Table Mesa account: Table Mesa Instructions - PDF
Direct Link to Table Mesa (follow registration instructions above): https://www.mytablemesa.com/account/registermain
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