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Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner's Mission 

Welcome to the official site of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners (AONP). Our mission is to advance, support, and promote the high standards of health care delivered by nurse practitioners. We are dedicated to improving patient access to quality healthcare.

As a statewide professional association, we focus on the common needs of our members. We recognize the professional and political concerns facing nurse practitioners. AONP has always played a major role in facilitating and supporting changes in legislation that advance the role of the nurse practitioner. AONP believes that by providing better networking among our members, we will be better able to promote high standards of health care and thereby enhance the identity and continuity of nurse practitioners in our state.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who is prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and health care services to individuals of all ages. NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a master's and/or doctoral degree. NPs provide physical examinations, diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems, interpret laboratory results and X-rays, prescribe and manage medications and other therapies, provide training and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance, and refer patients to other health professionals as needed.

These informative videos explain the value of receiving health care from a nurse practitioner.

National Medical Report
Nurse Practitioners Leading the Charge

Ask The Expert

Question (July 2018):
Can an APRN give orders to the MAs in the clinic to give injections?

Answer: APRNs have never been able to give an order to an MA. In their scope of practice, it states they must be directed by a physician. In the hospital, all nurses follow the orders of a physician, so they can take the instruction from a nurse, but not in a clinic setting.

Question (July 2018):
Can an APRN sign off on DOT physicals? I just took and passed the FMCSA Medical Examiner test and am awaiting my final notification license. Is that true in Oklahoma?

Answer: You can do DOT physicians. All providers have to be trained and certified.

Question (July 2018):
My employer has just stated that NPs and PAs can no longer order medications to be distributed in our clinics because our supervising physician, who may or may not necessarily be in the clinic, does not have a direct provider/patient relationship. We must manually write the prescription for the patient to take to their pharmacy. This is from Okla. State Board of Pharmacy 2009. Is this still true in Oklahoma?

Answer: APRNs cannot dispense, meaning you can not write a script and dispense from a supply in your office. The physician can. You should never provide more than samples.

Question (July 2018): 
I recently obtained my buprenorphine waiver. The exclusionary formulary states that this must be supervised by a qualifying physician. Does this mean my supervising physician for prescriptive authority must also have their buprenorphine waiver?

Yes, the physician needs the buprenorphine waiver also.


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