Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow nurses with advanced credentials to obtain a license that would allow them to prescribe medication or other treatments and work independently from doctors.
Registered nurses that are trained and nationally certified often see patients and provide primary care, including prescribing medication. However, under current Wisconsin law, they require a formal collaboration with a physician.
The proposed bill would allow advanced practice nurses to obtain a special license – known as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) – allowing registered nurses to prescribe medication and provide primary care independently, without the supervision of a physician, after a preliminary period.
Not only would this allow nurses, many of whom are already providing primary patient care without needing to consult with a doctor, to practice independently, but it would also ease the healthcare provider shortage in Wisconsin.
However, there are likely to be strict and lengthy requirements that nurses will be expected to fulfill in order to get issued a license.
In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board of Nursing issues Registered Nurse licenses currently. But the requirements nurses need to fulfill to acquire and retain this license might be complicated to understand and comply with. Losing your license over technicalities can be catastrophic because not only will it disrupt your practice, but it will also have your patients scrambling to find alternative care.
Nurses Not Complying with Requirements Could Lose Their License
Failure to comply with requirements, unethical or unprofessional patient conduct, or failure to follow guidelines relating to patient privacy and confidentiality could all lead to a registered nurse losing their license. Suspension or revocation of a license will immediately cause a loss of income and inhibit your ability to continue your practice. It also impacts your patients – who may not be able or willing to find an alternative practitioner at short notice.
Additionally, it hurts your reputation and standing as a trusted medical professional.
As complicated and onerous as some of the requirements for a license can be, failure to follow them may result in sanctions, fines, or even suspension or revocation of your license. If you find yourself under investigation and at risk of losing your license, consider reaching out to The Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm, who can help you put up a defense against any professional charges and minimize damage to your career and reputation.
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If you are facing the potential loss of license, the Lento Law Firm, a nationwide professional license defense firm with over 20 years of experience in defending nurses and other professionals, can help you. The Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm has successfully represented medical professionals nationwide and helped them protect their professional licenses. The Lento Law Firm can help you avoid revocation or loss of license too – and protect your livelihood. Do not make the mistake of trying to deal with an investigation single-handedly; it could cause irreversible damage to your career. Contact the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686, or submit a confidential online consultation form.