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New opioid prescribing requirements for ARNP's

Posted 2 months ago by Karen Kilian

This is an important change for all ARNP's with the goal being awareness of the issues of opioid prescribing practices.  While it may seem cumbersome and yet.one.more.step in terms of prescribing opiates, it is also to protect our patients.  When the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) came into existence a while back, I signed up and had a profile; however on recent investigation--that profile was deactivated (maybe because I hadn't been using it of late???).  SO...those of you who have a profile, but have not been using it may find yourself in the same situation.  Should that occur, you can email folks at:  prescriptionmonitoring@doh.wa.gov

There is a CE requirement (of at least 4 hours) but you have until the next FULL CE requirement cycle to complete this.  And...bonus...that will count towards prescriptive authority CE credits!  :)  

Check out the information below; the website has very helpful information.  

Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission New Opioid Prescribing Requirements for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission filed a CR-103 on October 1, 2018, under WSR #18-20-086, adopting amendments and new sections to chapter 246-840 WAC. The adopted amendments and new sections establish requirements and standards for the prescribing of opioids by advanced registered nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists, consistent with the directives of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1427. The new requirements for opioid prescribing will become effective November 1, 2018.

Educational materials and resources relating to the new opioid prescribing requirements are available on the Department of Health's Opioid Prescribing webpage.

Educational materials and resources include:

  • Profession specific opioid prescribing overview handouts
  • Training videos
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Patient education handouts


If you have any questions please contact Amber Bielaski (Zawislak) at amber.zawislak@doh.wa.gov.


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