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House Bill 216 - Licensure Implemenation
The OBON has released the APRN Licensure Implementation Plan
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And, below, please see the answers to some commonly asked questions about the new regulations effective April 4, 2017 with the passage of House Bill 216.  If you need clarification, please send us an e-mail at info@oaapn.org.


Q: I am still in my externship and have not completed my hours.  Should I not worry about getting the rest of my hours.  I just received my national certification.  Do I still need to apply for the CTP?

A: The current law on CTP-E and the required 1500 hours remains in effect until the changes in statute from 216 becomes effective on April 4, 2017.  OAAPN does not know what transition the OBON will require, if any, from COA with CTP/CTP-E to the APRN license.  When OBON has determined the process and what is required, it will be posted on the OBON website.



Q: In response to the email regarding HB 216 – the Advanced Pharmacology Course – what are the specifics regarding that?  I took advanced pharm in my MSN program in 2013.  Do I need to repeat that course or is this just a CE course?  What are the exact specifics?


A: The advanced pharmacology course is a one -ime course if your license does not expire.  The change from three to five years validity is for non-traditional APRN students who take longer than three years to complete their program.



Q: I thought the whole purpose of bill 216 was to eliminate physician collaboration. What happened. Is there plans for this? 

 

A: The initial purpose of H.B. 216 was to achieve full practice authority for all Ohio APRNs.  H.B. 216 was one of the most controversial bills for the last General Assembly.  OAAPN knew at the onset that the original bill was a "dream bill" and the political process proved that to be true.  Ohio APRNs made headway by eliminating some barriers.  The journey to Ohio full practice is a marathon not a sprint.  OAAPN is not done.  The issue of full practice authority is alive and well.  Recognize that Ohio is a very conservative state with medical organizations having some clout.  This influence is being whittled away by healthcare change.

 

Q: There is less than a year before RN/NP renewal in October 2017.  Will we still need 48 hours when the law goes into effect in April?


A: It remains uncertain what the OBON will do this renewal year.  OAAPN anticipates that all APRN licenses will need 24 hours of CE which must include 12 hours of Pharmacology.  The requirement for RN license renewal is unchanged: 24 hours with one hour in Ohio Nursing Practice Law.  The changes in CE requirements from H.B. 216 only increases CE requirements by 12 hours.

 

Q: Do you know if there will be a chance to take the 45-hour course in pharmacology in order for non-prescribing CNSs to attain the CTP or is it too late? Do you know where I could find information about the course?  

A: OAAPN and the OBON are looking at the available courses so current non-CTP holders will have the availability to take the 45 hours of advance pharmacology.  OAAPN is still waiting to hear how the OBON will transition to the APRN license.  As soon as we have a vetted list, it will be posted on the OAAPN website.

Q: I am currently in the process of finding a first job since passing my boards. I do not have my prescriptive authority yet. My question is: say I find and start a job before the new bill goes into effect on April 4, 2017, how does that affect my externship? Do I still continue to complete my 1500 hours or do I stop and just submit what I have done by then?

A: The current law on CTP-E and the required 1500 hours remains in effect until the changes in statute from HB 216 becomes effective on April 4, 2017.  OAAPN does not know what transition the OBON will require, if any, from COA with CTP/CTP-E to the APRN license.  When OBON has determined the process and what is required, it will be posted on the OBON website.

 

Q: Will the new requirement for 12 Pharmacology hours for CNSs be expected to be concluded for the licensure period ending on August 31,2017?

 

A: OAAPN is not certain how the OBON will process the new law transitioning all APRN’s to the APRN license which includes prescriptive authority.  If you have a CTP/CTP-E currently, you will be required to have 12 hours of Pharm. The OBON is discussing how to transition the APRNs who do not have a current CTP.  OAAPN hopes there will be definitive information after OBON meeting in late January.

 

Q: I just received my CTP-E last week and will begin to practice Feb. 6 in my first NP role. With the passing of HB 216, what will happen with my CTP-E? Will I not have to finish it and complete my hours? From what it sounds like, I will just be grandfathered in and be able to prescribe independently as of that date. Am I reading it correctly? Will we have to do anything or send anything into the board? Thank you for your assistance!

A: The current law on CTP-E and the required 1500 hours remains in effect until the changes in statute from HB 16 becomes effective on April 4, 2017.  OAAPN does not know what transition process the OBON will require, if any, from COA with CTP/CTP-E to the APRN license.  When OBON has determined the process and what is required, it will be posted on the OBON website.

 

 

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