The Practice and Education Consultant is available to direct you to authoritative state documents and national standards relating to your questions. Her responses, as an office staff member, are not binding on any decision of the Committees or the Board. Call 307-777-7780 or Click here to ask a question about nursing practice
Authoritative Resources for APRN Practice
*APRNs should also be aware of the requirements of their national certification agency in regards to their license and renewal requirements*
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 the Practice & Education Consultant at 307-777-6127 or click here to ask a question about nursing practice.
Sources of Evidence Based Practice Standards
Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Resources
In accordance with Wyoming State Law [Bill No SF0046 and SF0047], APRNs with prescriptive authority must complete three (3) hours of continuing education on substance use disorders or the safe prescribing of opioides. In addition, APRNs with a Wyoming Controlled Substance Registration (CSR) must register with the Wyoming Online Prescription Database (WORx). Upload your CE certificate to your nurse profile.
Free "Substance Use Disorder in Nursing" Continuing Education
National Council of State Boards of Nursing "Opioid Practice Toolkit"
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