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Authoritative Resources for APRN Practice

Can I Work in this Setting or Treat this Patient?

As you are aware, Wyoming is a full independent scope of practice state, following the national APRN Consensus Model of Regulation since its adoption in 2007. The model states; “Individuals will be licensed as independent practitioners for practice at the level of one of the four APRN roles within at least one of the six identified population foci. Education, certification, and licensure of an individual must be congruent in terms of role and population foci." (NCSBN, 2008, p.6) The setting of the care is not specific to the population foci. APRNs may provide care in all settings and supervision or collaboration agreements with any other provider is not required by Wyoming law.

The Wyoming Nurse Practice Act and Chapter Rules align with the national standards of regulation described in the APRN Consensus Model. See the Advisory Opinions below for more detailed information.

Of note; please check with your national certification body regarding their license requirements. Wyoming does not require APRNs to hold an additional RN license. [see Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 33-21-127(a); Rules Wyo. Bd. of Nursing, Chapter 2, Section 3(a).]

If you have additional questions please call 307-777-6127

Sources of Evidence Based Practice Standards

Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Resources

The Administrative Rules and Regulations for the WSBN (Ch 2, section 13) require each APRN with prescriptive authority to document three (3) hours of continuing education related to the responsible prescribing of controlled substances or treatment of substance abuse disorders (c)(ii). At the time of renewal, the APRN must upload proof of completion of courses specific to this requirement. The resources below have been reviewed and meet the requirements for this competency. This list is not complete. So long as the title of the CE activity is specific to prescribing controlled substances or treatment of substance use disorders it will meet this requirement. If attending a conference, the APRN should keep a copy of the conference agenda that specifies courses that will be used to meet this competency.

Free CEUs

Applying CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

Pain Management and Opioids-CME for Medical Professionals

Harvard Medical School-Understanding Addiction

Drug Diversion Training

NCSBN-Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

National Institute on Drug Abuse Opioid CMEs

Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training

Practice Resources

Wyoming Online Prescription Database

NCSBN Substance Use Disorder in Nursing Resources

National Council of State Boards of Nursing Opioid Practice Toolkit

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Wyoming Prescription Drug Abuse Toolkit

Advisory Opinions

An Advisory Opinion adopted by WSBN is an interpretation of Wyoming law. While an advisory opinion is not law, it is the WSBN's official opinion on whether certain nursing procedures, policies, and other practices comply with the standards of nursing practice in Wyoming. In an effort to provide evidence based practice resources, the following are Official Advisory Opinions resulting from repetitive questions and need for clarification of standards of practice. Official Advisory Opinions are revised or retired as needed.

Questions? Call 307-777-6127