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Student Transition Guide

Congratulations on completing your Nurse Practitioner studies successfully and joining the ranks of the profession! You are about to embark upon an exciting new career. To assist in the process of your transition from NP Student to Nurse Practitioner, this guide has been developed by The NPA as a resource for you. It is intended as a compendium of useful information for you to use as a general reference for access to information during your transition period. Included are quick references and helpful hints and ideas.

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Table of Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Properly Listing Credentials
  • National Certification: A General Overview 
  • Your Professional Associations 
  • NP Licensure: What you need to know 
  • Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act
  • Collaborative Agreements
  • Financial Arrangements with Collaborating Physicians
  • Practice Protocols 
  • Keeping the State Education Department Informed 
  • Professional Conduct 
  • Death Certificates
  • Obtaining Government Approvals in Order to Prescribe
  • Clinical Considerations when Prescribing
  • Laws Governing Prescribing
  • Requirements for Written Prescriptions
  • Preventing Common Errors in Prescription Writing
  • Requirements for Electronic Prescriptions
  • For Practitioners Who Issue Less than 25 Prescriptions per Year
  • Telephone Prescriptions (Oral Prescriptions)
  • Requirements for Prescribing Controlled Substances
  • Security and Record Keeping Requirements
  • Prescriptions for Needles and Syringes
  • New York State Medicaid Program
  • DEA Numbers 
  • National Provider Identifier Numbers 
  • Employment 
  • Role Transition 
  • Self-Preservation 
  • Summary 
  • NPA Map with Regions/Groups
  • Appendix 
    • Nurse Practitioner Application Packet:
      • Name/Address Change Form
      • NP Form 1 – Application for a Certificate
      • NP Form 2 – Certification of Professional Education
      • NP Form 2B – Verification of Instruction in NYS and Federal Laws Related to Prescriptions and Record Keeping
      • NP Form 2C – Verification of Pharmacotherapeutics Course
      • NP Form 3 – Verification of National Nurse Practitioner Examination
      • NP Form 4 NP – Verification of Collaborative Agreement and Practice Protocols
    • Death Certificate Instructions
    • New York State Department of Health Practitioner Certification Form
    • Nurse Practitioner Form NP-CR





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