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32-1651. Clinical nurse specialists; prescribing and dispensing authority
A. The board shall grant to a clinical nurse specialist the privileges to prescribe and dispense pharmacological agents if the clinical nurse specialist has both of the following:
1. The education and training equivalent to the requirements to prescribe and dispense pharmacological agents of a registered nurse practitioner, including successful completion of a nationally accredited advanced practice nursing program.
2. Certification as a clinical nurse specialist by a nationally recognized certification entity approved by the state board of nursing.
B. A clinical nurse specialist may prescribe only for patients of a licensed health care institution that uses the services of the clinical nurse specialist as follows:
1. In a licensed hospital or hospital-affiliated outpatient treatment center, a behavioral health inpatient facility, a nursing care institution, a recovery care center, a behavioral health residential facility or a hospice, the clinical nurse specialist may prescribe or dispense only pursuant to the protocols or standards applicable to clinical nurse specialists of the health care institution and may not prescribe a schedule II controlled substance that is an opioid except pursuant to protocols or standing orders of the health care institution. The prescribing and dispensing of opioid or benzodiazepine prescriptions by a clinical nurse specialist shall be limited to the treatment of patients while at the licensed health care institution and shall not be for patients to use or fill outside of the licensed health care institution except pursuant to discharge protocols of the institution.
2. In a licensed outpatient treatment center that provides behavioral health services or qualifies pursuant to federal law as a community health center, the clinical nurse specialist may prescribe or dispense only pursuant to the protocols or standards applicable to clinical nurse specialists of the health care institution. The clinical nurse specialist may not prescribe a schedule II controlled substance that is an opioid except for an opioid that is for medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.
C. A clinical nurse specialist shall report any required information relating to dispensing or prescribing medication pursuant to the health care institution's protocols.
D. For the purposes of this section, a health care institution's protocols relating to the dispensing and prescribing authority of a clinical nurse specialist shall be developed with the input of the institution's medical director.