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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. 

Items with an * are under revision.

Frequently Asked Questions / Resources

What is within my role/scope of practice? 

Review information on the role/scope from the WSBN Administrative Rules, Ch 2. Click HERE to review





How do I propose a new Advisory Opinion (AO) (new areas of practice or change to existing AO)? 

Please place your request in writing using the criteria listed below. Forward your request to: Be sure to attach copies of journal articles or other evidence-based resources from your search to support this proposed change. Below are some of the questions to address:

Resources for APRN Practice

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Frequently Asked Questions on APRN Practice (2018)

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Position Statements

NCSBN Full Independent Practice States

Consensus Model for APRN Regulation 2008 (LACE Committee)


*APRNs should also be aware of the requirements of their national certification agency in regards to their license and renewal requirements*

Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Resources

The Administrative Rules and Regulations for the WSBN (Ch 2, section 13) require each APRN 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. 

The title of the CE activity must be specific to prescribing controlled substances or treatment of substance use disorders to 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

Drug Diversion Training

ICRS - Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

ICRS - Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder

National Institute on Drug Abuse Opioid CMEs

Nebraska Drug Overdose Prevention Note - the Pain Management and Acute Pain modules have been reviewed and deemed to meet the renewal competency

Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances

PCSS - SUD 101

PCSS - Webinars Most (not all) have CEUs available



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