The Society of Psychiatric 
Advanced Practice Nurses
 
 
 


fostering excellence in professional practice











8th Annual Fall Conference
CLINICAL PRACTICE UPDATES


and Friday Night Awards Dinner




Keynote Speaker Carolyn Torre APN, FAANP 
APN Legislation: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You


Awards Dinner: Friday November 15, 2019 at 6 pm 

     Conference: Saturday, November 16, 2019
           Ocean Place Resort Long Branch, NJ



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Upcoming events

11/15/2019 6:00 PM • Ocean Place Resort and Spa
11/16/2019 8:30 AM • Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, New Jersey



Nurse Practitioners & PAs Prescribing Buprenorphine


Section 303 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016, made several changes to the law regarding office-based opioid addiction treatment with buprenorphine. CARA expands prescribing privileges to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) for five years (until October 1, 2021). NPs and PAs must complete 24 hours of training to be eligible for a waiver to prescribe and must be supervised by or work in collaboration with a qualifying physician if required by state law. The HHS Secretary has 18 months to issue updated regulations governing office-based opioid addiction treatment to include NPs and PAs.ASAM's complete summary of CARA is available here.



Opioid Abuse Prevention


New Jersey is confronting a staggering public health crisis brought about by prescription opioid abuse. On February 15, 2017, P.L. 2017, c. 28, was signed into law, imposing certain restrictions on how opioids and other Schedule II controlled dangerous substances may be prescribed. In response to the new law, the Attorney General and New Jersey's prescribing boards adopted new rules designed to reduce the risk of addiction and the accumulation of opioids in the household medicine cabinets across the State, which are very often diverted for illegal use. Information about those rules, as well as guidance for prescribers and patients on safer pain medication prescribing practices is available here.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: For Advance Practice Nurses Licensed by the Board of Nursing. State law makes it unlawful for a prescriber to issue an initial prescription for acute pain for more than a five-day supply. In addition, the dosage authorized by initial prescriptions for acute pain is to be limited to the lowest effective dose of an immediate–release opioid drug. To better understand how to comply with this limitation and other rule changes, the Board offers the following guidance.



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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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