Can Nurse Practitioner Prescribe Medications? What You Need to Know

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can nurse practitioner prescribe medication

You may have heard that you should see a doctor before trying any medication. But is that true for every medication? You may also have heard that nursing care professionals can’t prescribe medications. Is that true? We say yes! As nurse practitioners, we are able to prescribe medications. And just because we can’t legally prescribe some medications doesn’t mean we won’t give them to you. After all, there are still plenty of situations where better safe than sorry is the prudent thing to do. So, what exactly are we able to prescribe? The answer is different for everyone, but here are a few examples: – Acetaminophen ( Tylenol ) – We will most likely be able to write a prescription for it. But other analgesic medications like aspirin or ibuprofen cannot be written prescriptions for. Instead, those medicines must be purchased directly from pharmacies and administered by healthcare professionals under strict monitoring and supervision. – Antibiotics – Even though antibiotics aren’t explicitly classified as a “prescription medicine” in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they still require licensing and must follow specific guidelines that doctors and pharmacists cannot overlook when writing a prescription for them. In addition, antibiotics are not generally considered safe enough to be prescribed unsupervised by nurses or other healthcare professionals.

What other medications are available as written recommendations?

Cannabis is one medication that is often prescribed as a marijuana medication. While many people think of marijuana as the only approved drug to treat pain, anxiety, nausea, and sleep disorders, there are other cannabinoid-containing drugs that may also be useful for some conditions. To be clear, these drugs are not the same as the ones found in weed. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main cannabinoid in weed, while cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive component of the plant.

What Medications Are Prescribed By Registered Nurses?

Registered nurses (RNs) are experts at providing care through the lens of each patient’s specific medical condition. They are able to identify and recommend medications for a variety of illnesses and diseases, including but not limited to the following: – Chronic pain – Dementia – Depression – Epilepsy – Fibromyalgia – Gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections – mental health conditions (e.g., mood swings, anxiety) – metabolic conditions (e.g., type 2 diabetes) – musculoskeletal conditions – opioid-related conditions (e.g., chronic pain) – bacterial infections (e.g., pneumonia) –Timeout!- While registered nurses can prescribe medications, they cannot legally prescribe controlled substances, like painkillers, without a doctor’s order.

Which Medications Are Prescribed By Doctoral Students?

Doctoral students are in the process of figuring out what medications to prescribe for their patients. Many choose to focus their studies on medication management, as they will be writing the majority of prescriptions for their classmates over the next several years. To make things easier, many doctorate programs now have “medication learning” clubs, where students can go to learn about and practice writing scripts for a particular medication.

Which Medications Are A Good Choice for People With Special Needs?

People with special needs should definitely talk with their healthcare team before starting a medication. There are many factors that determine whether or not a certain medication is appropriate for a person with a particular condition. For example, an infant with a rare compound eye disease called retinoschisis should definitely be given a medication to treat their symptoms. However, the medication should be prescribed very carefully, as it can have harmful side effects in an older child or adult. An appropriate medication must be chosen carefully to meet the patient’s condition and needs. People on certain medication should not be put on medication they don’t need while people on others should be warned not to take way too much of a medication. Because of these things, medication is a patient-centered decision that a healthcare professional makes when determining whether or not to prescribe a drug.

How Long Do Written Descriptions Take?

As mentioned above, each medication has different requirements when it comes to being written a prescription. Many meds require a doctor’s order, while others can be given without a prescription. For example, certain classes of drugs such as caffeine or stimulants can be legally abused but not prescribed. Caffeine is a legal stimulant, but it can also be harmful because it is addictive. There’s also the difference between a short-acting and a long-acting medication. Some meds, like codeine, are short-acting, meaning they work faster but have a longer recovery time from when you take them as opposed to longer-acting medications, like opiates, which work much slower and have a shorter recovery time.

Conclusion

You may have heard that you should see a doctor before trying any medication. But is that true for every medication? You may also have heard that nursing care professionals can’t prescribe medications. Is that true? We say yes! As nurse practitioners, we are able to prescribe medications. And just because we can’t legally prescribe some medications doesn’t mean we won’t give them to you. After all, there are still plenty of situations where better safe than sorry is the prudent thing to do.

Noah Chapman
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