2017 ORS 678.390¹
Authority of nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist to write prescriptions or dispense drugs
  • notice
  • requirements
  • revocation
  • rules

(1) The Oregon State Board of Nursing may authorize a certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist to write prescriptions, including prescriptions for controlled substances listed in schedules II, III, III N, IV and V.

(2) A certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist may submit an application to the Oregon State Board of Nursing to dispense prescription drugs. The Oregon State Board of Nursing shall provide immediate notice to the State Board of Pharmacy upon approving an application submitted by a certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist to dispense prescription drugs.

(3) An application for the authority to dispense prescription drugs under this section must include any information required by the Oregon State Board of Nursing by rule.

(4) Prescription drugs dispensed by a certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist must be personally dispensed by the certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist, except that nonjudgmental dispensing functions may be delegated to staff assistants when:

(a) The accuracy and completeness of the prescription is verified by the certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist; and

(b) The prescription drug is labeled with the name of the patient to whom it is being dispensed.

(5) The Oregon State Board of Nursing shall adopt rules requiring:

(a) Prescription drugs dispensed by certified nurse practitioners and certified clinical nurse specialists to be either prepackaged by a manufacturer registered with the State Board of Pharmacy or repackaged by a pharmacist licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy under ORS chapter 689;

(b) Labeling requirements for prescription drugs dispensed by certified nurse practitioners and certified clinical nurse specialists that are the same as labeling requirements required of pharmacies licensed under ORS chapter 689;

(c) Record keeping requirements for prescriptions and prescription drug dispensing by a certified nurse practitioner and a certified clinical nurse specialist that are the same as the record keeping requirements required of pharmacies licensed under ORS chapter 689;

(d) A dispensing certified nurse practitioner and a dispensing certified clinical nurse specialist to have available at the dispensing site a hard copy or electronic version of prescription drug reference works commonly used by professionals authorized to dispense prescription medications; and

(e) A dispensing certified nurse practitioner and a dispensing certified clinical nurse specialist to allow representatives of the State Board of Pharmacy, upon receipt of a complaint, to inspect a dispensing site after prior notice to the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

(6) The Oregon State Board of Nursing has sole disciplinary authority regarding certified nurse practitioners and certified clinical nurse specialists who have prescription drug dispensing authority.

(7) The authority to write prescriptions or dispense prescription drugs may be denied, suspended or revoked by the Oregon State Board of Nursing upon proof that the authority has been abused. The procedure shall be a contested case under ORS chapter 183. Disciplinary action under this subsection is grounds for discipline of the certified nurse practitioner or certified clinical nurse specialist in the same manner as a licensee may be disciplined under ORS 678.111 (Causes for denial, revocation or suspension of license or probation, reprimand or censure of licensee). [1979 c.785 §17; 1981 c.693 §29; 1983 c.486 §58; 1985 c.747 §53; 1987 c.79 §2; 1993 c.742 §5; 2003 c.617 §1; 2005 c.462 §6; 2005 c.471 §13; 2008 c.4 §3; 2009 c.456 §1; 2013 c.402 §1; 2017 c.130 §1]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Nurse Practi­tioner’s Advisory Council to grant or deny prescrip­tion privileges, (1987) Vol 45, p 160

Chapter 678

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Disclosure by Board of Nursing of names, business and home addresses of registered and licensed practical nurses, (1982) Vol. 42, p 382; licensing require­ments for hospital technicians employed by state correc­tional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 678—Nurses; Nursing Home Administrators, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors678.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 678, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano678.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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