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10/21/2023 8:00 AM • Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028

SPAPN 2023 Conference: Clinical Practice Updates

Thanks to all the speakers, members, volunteers and vendors for a successful conference on the post COVID impacts on mental health. As well as the clinical updates on the management of post COVID #mentalhealth sequela.

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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NJ Legislators re: APN practice and FPA

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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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Governor Murphy's Telehealth Legislation

On Dec 22, 2021. Governor Murphy signed legislation (S-2559) that extends for the next two years the requirement adopted at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic that health benefits plans reimburse health care providers for telehealth and telemedicine services at the same rate as in-person services, with limited exceptions. At the same time, the legislation charges the Department of Health with conducting an in-depth study of the utilization of telehealth and telemedicine and its effects on patient outcomes, quality and satisfaction, and access to care in order to inform future decisions on payment structure for these services.  This legislation will provide critical support to patients and providers while the State continues to address the challenges posed by the pandemic, and while the Department of Health evaluates how to best leverage payment and telemedicine to improve access to affordable care and maintain the highest quality of care possible. 


Fed DHS guidelines for Buprenorphine treatment limited to 30 patients.


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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New Jersey Psychiatric APNs


Recipients' of UVA's Bjoring's History Center Nurse Practitioner History Research Scholar Award (2019), this fascinating documentary chronicles nursing leaders from New Jersey as they recall the long road to the passage of the first state Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist bill, which granted these providers legal titling and prescriptive authority. While many nurses contributed to the earliest advanced practice policy initiatives in NJ, nine participants were selected based on their distinctive key roles in this story and six participated. Members can view the award winning documentary HERE

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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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