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The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses

Founded in 1972, SPAPN was the first professional nursing body in the country to certify clinical nurse specialists in psychiatric nursing. Today, the Society includes all psychiatric advanced practice nurses, both psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in advanced practice nursing. The Society continues to advocate and lobby for psychiatric advanced practice nurses in practicing to the fullest scope of their training and education, upholding the standards of excellence for psychiatric mental-health nursing and to promote the delivery of high quality professional care to clients, their families and the community.

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Misinformation Being Distributed by Physician Groups 


NJ Legislators re: APN practice and FPA

Please READ

Pharmacies Refusing to Honor APN's Scripts 

without a collaborating or "supervising" physician's name on the prescription

If you run into this problem while the EO #112 waiver is still in place, please

download and send, hand deliver or have your patient bring to the pharmacy the following letter.   while we continue to work on this.

You may also use and share this link NJDCU to stay up to date.



Emergency Adoption of the Temporary Waiver for APNs is Still in Effect

The emergency adoption of the temporary waiver for the duration of the state of emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to APNs:

Rules that require Advanced Practice Nurses licensed in New Jersey to maintain a collaborative agreement with a New Jersey physician in order to prescribe or order medications or devices are still waived concurrent with the end of state of emergency and public health emergency declared pursuant to EO 103, whichever is later. 


The temporary waiver is in effect as long as E.O. #103 is in effect.

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Important New Law: New Jersey Health Care Transparency Law

The “New Jersey Health Care Transparency Act,” requires any advertisement for a health care professional licensed or certified to practice under State law to include the type of licensure the professional was issued. Advertisement is defined as any situation where a healthcare professional is utilizing a professional degree or license to influence opinion or infer expertise in a health care topic. 

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Latest News

Dec 15, 2022 Senate Bill 1522 passed out of committee today, voted unanimously. This bill eliminates certain practice restrictions for advanced practice nurses (APNs), including restrictions that limit the ability of APNs to prescribe medications and administer anesthesia, and establishes new requirements for APNs to prescribe medications. 

More steps to go so stay tuned!!!

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