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October 14, 2018
Help Needed! Hurricane Relief Efforts!
Supplies are needed for Hurricane Michael relief efforts. Many FLANP members live in the region affected by the hurricane, including our Board Chair Stan Whittaker.
Diapers, Wipes, household items, canned food, generators, etc are needed.
The address is 16119 Hwy 71 South Blountstown at the old Chevy Dealership. This dealership is being used as a coordinating area for collections and distribution of supplies. We do not know if they accept mail or amazon delivery.
This has address has been verified with the Sheriff's Dept.
Blountstown is an area being used for relief efforts. It is about 45 minutes north of Mexico Beach.
Thank you for your help
Happy Nurses Week!
2018 Legislative Session Ends
HB 1337 Passed. This bill updates the Nurse Practice Act
SB 21 Passed. This bill imposes new opioid prescribing rules.
2018 Legislative Session Begins
HB 973/SB 708 ( Daniels/Placensia, Brandes) Signature Authority Bill. Recognizes nurse practitioner and physician assistant signature where a physician signature is required. Would increase access to care, reduce costs and improve health outcomes.
HB 1337/SB 1594 (Pigman, Brandes) Updates Nurse Practice Act to conform to national standards. Changes the term Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, updates Clinical Nurse Specialist role.
HB 573/ SB 112 Involuntary Examination Under Baker Act. Authorized nurse practitioners to be able to protect suicidal persons and protect the public from homicidal person by certifying a Baker Act.
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!
September 7, 2017
To Volunteer to help with Hurricane Irma
June 23, 2017
HB 543 Signed by Governor
Update from the Board of Nursing
So effective immediately, ARNPs no longer need to file protocols with the Board of Nursing. ARNPs must maintain a signed protocol at the locations where the ARNP practices.
FLANP is proud to have worked together with Coalition nursing groups to bring about passage of this important bill. Thanks to our Lobbyist Chris Floyd, FLANP Board Chair Stan Whittaker and all Coalition lobbyists for working this legislation in Tallahassee.
May 8, 2017
Legislative Session Ends.
HB543/SB328 Passed House and Senate.
This bill will change the way protocols are filed. Instead of sending protocols to the Board of Nursing, protocol will be need to be kept at the primary work site of the ARNP.
All other bills made significant progress through the house but unfortunately were held up in the senate. Thank you to everyone who participated in efforts to get our bills heard and passed.
March 1, 2017
Legislative Session begins March 7, 2017
Bills of interest
HB 7011: Introduces Independent Practice for ARNPS
CS HB129: (Placensia) Allows NPs to be Medical Directors and gain signature authority
SB 96: (Steube) Allows NPs to be Medical Directors
S634/HB 645: (Campbell, Lee): Allows NPs to sign Certificates of Involuntary Commitment (Baker Act)
January 1, 2017
ARNPs may apply for a DEA License Beginning today. The ARNP must have a protocol filed with the Board of Nursing that states the ARNP has authority to prescribe controlled substances.
The 3 hour CE requirement is due when you renew your ARNP license.
DEA and Legislative Updates click here
Formulary Committee Votes for no further restrictions to ARNP formulary.
The Florida Board Of Nursing (BON) Formulary Committee met this afternoon in Orlando. The committee voted unanimously to make no further recommendations to restrict the prescribing of controlled substances by Florida Nurse Practitioners. This concludes the Formulary Committee's deliberations and the recommendations will go before the BON during their August 5th meeting in Orlando.
Bill to Allow NPs to Prescribe Suboxone Passes
The Senate voted 92-2 for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which would give nurses and physician assistants new authority to treat drug addiction, require physicians to check prescription drug monitoring programs for patients' opioid history and improve access to a drug used to reverse overdoses. The legislation is headed for President Barack Obama's desk, and he is expected to sign the bill.
Happy Nurses Week!
April 10, 2016
Grassroots Opportunity to Walk for Re-Election Campaign April 16 For Rep Plasencia
HB /SB 423 Authorizing ARNPs and PAs to obtain a DEA license and prescribe DEA regulated medication passes Florida Legislature.
This bill will improve access to care for millions of Floridians, especially in rural and underserved areas of Florida. We salute Representative Cary Pigman MD, Senator Denise Grimsley RN, the lobbying team of the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, and all the efforts of every person who contributed to this endeavor for over 23 years.
FLANP wishes to especially acknowledge our lobbyist Chris Floyd for his tireless efforts and great work on this bill.
For more details of the new DEA prescribing bill click here.
DEA BILL PASSES!!!!!!!
Historic Day for ARNPS
March 8, 2016
Urgent! DEA Prescribing in Jeopardy. Email and call Senate President Andy
March 2, 2016
HB423 Drug Prescription by ARNPs ( Pigman) passed the house floor today and now moves over to the
March 1, 2016
SB 1250 Behavioral Health ( Latvala) Passed to the
SB 676 Access to Health Care (Grimsley) Pending reference review, on
SB 572 Involuntary Examination Under the Baker Act (Altman) Placed on
HB 423 Drug Prescription by ARNPs (Pigman)Third reading calendar, house floor.
HB 325 Baker Act (Campbell
February 17, 2016
SB 676 Access to Health Care (Grimsley) passed its final committee today. It now moves to the
SB 572 Involuntary Examination Under the Baker Act (Altman) passed its second committee and now moves to the Appropriations Committee. This bill will allow ARNPs to sign a certificate of involuntary commitment for patients who are suicidal or homicidal.
January 28, 2016
SB 676 (Grimsley) was moved past the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services directly into Appropriations Committee. This removes one stop on its way to the Senate floor.
January 26, 2016
SB 676 Access to Health Care (Grimsley) passed
January 21, 2016
HB 423 Drug Prescription by ARNPs (Pigman) passed its last committee of reference today and now moves to
HB 325 Baker Act (Campbell
January 12, 2015
Senate President Andy Gardiner Issues Press Release Supporting SB 676
January 11, 2015
Opening Day of Legislative Session
SB 676 (Grimsley) Passes Health Policy Committee
This bill allows ARNPs and PAs to obtain a DEA License and prescribe DEA regulated Medications.
December 1, 2015
HB 423 (Pigman) Drug Prescription by ARNPs passed the first committee of reference today
November 17, 2015
SB572 Baker Act (Altman) / HB 325 Baker Act ( Campbell
November 8-14, 2015
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!
Opportunity to go
November 4, 2015
The following bills have been filed and are moving through the committee process.
SB 676 Grimsley. Health Care
SB 572 Altman. Involuntary Examination under the Baker Act
HB 423 Pigman Drug Prescription by ARNPS and PAs
HB 325 Campbell. Involuntary Examination under the Baker Act
October 22, 2015
HB 423: Drug Prescription by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants Filed Today
GENERAL BILL by Rep Pigman
Drug Prescription by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants; Read the bill here
October 20, 2015
SB 152 Ordering of Medications. Passes Health Policy Committee
Senator Denise Grimsley filed a bill to allow ARNPS to order DEA medications in hospital settings. It was heard today in the Health Policy committee and passed unanimously. Read more here.
October 4, 2015
Suicide prevention webinar. Click here for free webinar details.
September 25, 2015
Senate Bill 0210 DEA prescribing bill filed.
Senator Denise Grimsley has filed S 0210 to allow NPs and PAs to obtain and use a DEA license in Florida.
The bill has been referred to Health Policy, Banking and Insurance, and Rules.
You can read about the bill here:
Committees have already begun to meet for the 2016 legislative session. Legislative Session will begin this year on January 15.
July 16, 2015
Announcing free CE opportunity
Earn 7 free CEs
June 24, 2015
Please help our member by taking this survey for her DNP project.
June 22, 2015
HB 27A Tabled for Time Being
Senator Bean Calls for the Creation of a Joint Legislative Task Force on Health Care Policy Innovation
Senator Aaron Bean has called for the creation of a Joint Task Force on Health Care to “thoroughly Examine Health Care Policy Proposals” during the Legislative Interim.
FLANP looks forward to working with Senator Bean as we move forward n these issues.
If Florida is to be able to provide its
You can read the press release here:
June 12, 2015
HB 27 A Passes House Floor Moves on to Senate
We are pleased to announce that HB 27A has passed the House. 97 Yays, 2 Nays.
It now will be sent to the Senate.
Please email your senators and ask them to support HB 27A. It will be a close vote.
Rep Pigman has done a brilliant job of moving this bill through the house. Today Rep Daphne Campbell RN also testified n the bill’s behalf and swayed several votes.
You can watch the testimony here:
Testimony Starts at 36:55
June 10, 2015
HB 27A passed the health and human service committee today and is on the special order calendar for tomorrow June 11. This bill will allow ARNPS and PAs to obtain a DEA license and prescribe DEA regulated medications. The bill was also heard in a workshop today in the Senate Health Policy Committee.
Bill 27A Filed for Special Session
Today, Representative Cary Pigman MD filed Special Session bill 27A. Bill 27A will give all advanced practice registered nurses (ARNPs in Florida) the ability to obtain a DEA license and prescribe all schedules of DEA medications. It will restrict chronic pain management to physicians only.
You can read the contents of the bill here.
Special Session starts June 1.
May 19, 2015
Drop Restrictions on Florida's Nurse Practitioners
Excellent article by USF Nursing Dean
May 15, 2015
HB 281 on Special Order Calendar!
There will be a special session this year from June 1=June 20. Sixteen items will be on the agenda including HB 281(Pigman
Maryland Wins Full Practice Authority
Maryland APRNS win Independence!
Maryland became the 21st state to pass Full Practice Authority for NPs. Read about it here.
Happy National Nurses Week
April 28, 2015
House Ends Session Early
In a surprise move today, the Florida House ended their session “Sine Die”.
This means any bills that were in the house and had not been passed over to the
FLANP is analyzing the issue and looking at our options. There will be a special session to implement a budget as is required by the constitution. We expect that Medicaid issues will be a large part of the budget negotiations.
Florida legislators need to understand that the primary care physician shortage is already affecting the citizens of this state. Any budget negotiations should include allowing ARNPs to practice to the full extent of their education and training and without supervision.
For more on this issue please go to this link.
Measles Update. Click here for DOH Alert
Florida Nurse Practitioners Activating Advocacy for Change
April 20, 2015
SB 614 Passes Rules Committee and Heads to Floor. Watch the video here.
The bill has had several changes made to it and amendments attached to it. We are monitoring the changes closely.
April 15, 2015
SB 614 (Grimsley) DEA on Agenda for April 20,
Thank you for all your help in getting this bill on the agenda.
HB 547 (Pigman) Passes to House Floor!
Watch Rep Pigman in action as he makes the case for ARNPs!
March 31, 2015
DEA Bill 614 (Grimsley) Passed the Regulated Industries Committee on an 8-2 vote. Next stop Rules Committee.
March 28, 2015
HB 547(Pigman) Full Practice Authority Bill Passes 1st committee
HB 547 passed its first committee in the house by a vote of 9 Yeas to 4 Nays. The room was packed as the discussion took place over why ARNPs should have full practice authority. FLANP Board Chair Stan Whittaker and lobbyist Chris Floyd have been relentlessly working this issue at the capitol. There was extensive discussion over the
March 18, 2015
HB 547(Pigman) Full Practice Authority Bill
HB 547 was tabled after extensive discussion about amendments to the bill. Chair Oliva decided to table the bill to discuss at a future date. Please check back for updates
SB 614 (Grimsley) DEA Bill Passed 1st Committee
Senate Bill 614 passed the Senate Health Policy Committee today on a four to 3 vote. It now moves to Regulated Industries Committees
HB 335 Psychiatric Nurses (Plasencia)
House Bill 335 was amended last week.
HB 547 (Pigman) is up for hearing in the Health Innovation Subcommittee March 18
March 14, 2015
DEA Bill Up for Hearing
Call to Action SB 614 DEA Licensure up in Health Policy
Senate Bill 614 is up to be heard
We have several supports for this bill on the committee but it will be a close vote.
The following senators need to be persuaded to vote for this important bill. Please email them ask your family and friends to do the same.
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Nebraska Becomes 20th state to allow Full Practice Authority for NPs.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed into law LB 107, legislation that brings Full Practice Authority to Nurse Practitioners in the state. This bill will bring full and direct access to NP care for Nebraska patients, and makes Nebraska the twentieth state in the nation, plus the District of Columbia, with Full Practice Authority for NPs.
February 25, 2015
Federal Trade Commission Wins Anti-Competitive Case.
In a huge
February 2, 2015
HB 547 Full Practice Authority Bill Introduced in House
HB 547 was introduced today by Rep. Cary Pigman MD. This bill is a Full Practice Authority bill with some similar language as Senator Grimsley’s DEA bill. HB 547 changes the term ARNP to APRN for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, as in conformance with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Consensus Model. It then adds a new category of INDEPENDENT APRN (
DEA Bill introduced in Senate
SB 614 was introduced today by Senator Denise Grimsley MBA RN and allows for ARNPS to obtain a DEA license.
January 15, 2015
Rep Pigman / Senator Grimsley file Facility Prescribing Bills
Was filed January 15th by Representative Cary Pigman MD. It adds ARNPs and PAs into Florida Statute 893 and would allow PAs and ARNPS
AANP Winners Announced
Congratulations to Rep Cary Pigman MD who won AANP NP Advocate of the Year award and Stan Whittaker ARNP who won AANP NP of the Year award.
Both winners exemplify the best in health care today. We salute their contribution to the nurse practitioner profession.
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!
Governor Scott has signed a proclamation making November 9-15, 2014 Nurse Practitioner Week in Florida. You can read the proclamation here. FLANP Salutes all NPs in Florida and our nation. Thank you for all you do to keep our state healthy.
October 25, 2014
August 9, 2014
August 8-9, 2014
Rep Pigman addressed the need to remove the supervisory language from Florida’s outdated nursing regulations as well as the need to grant NPs DEA licenses. Florida is the only state in the nation that prevents NPs from obtaining DEA licenses and the state is considered to be the worst for restrictions on
FLANP is grateful to Rep Pigman for speaking at the annual conference and FLANP looks forward to supporting House Leadership’s efforts to change the status quo.
July 8, 2014
DEA Publishes Final Rules Rescheduling Tramadol to Schedule IV
Effective August 18, 2014
The US Drug Enforcement Administration today published its Final Rule in the Federal Register placing tramadol into Schedule IV effective August 18, 2014.
A number of states in the country including Arkansas, Mississippi and New York have already placed tramadol as a controlled substance.
Acknowledging that changes such as these take time to implement, the DEA extended the usual effective date for this type of change from 30 to 45 days to provide what it considers to be "reasonable time for registrants to comply with handling requirements for a schedule IV" drug, such as moving tramadol products into a warehouse cage or adjusting suspicious monitoring systems to include tramadol orders.
Effective August 18,
The 2014 Legislative Session ended May 2,
By a vote of 74-42 HB 7113 passed on the house floor today. The bill will now be referred to the Senate.
A last minute amendment by Rep. Campbell added Physician Assistants into the Baker Act portion of
Yesterday an attempt was made by a group unfriendly to nursing to remove ARNPs from the bill, but that amendment was withdrawn. The bill now moves to the Senate.
HB 7113, the new Omnibus bill will be heard Thursday 4/24/2014 on the House floor. If it is passed, it will move to the
Provider Type(s): Area 2A & 2B
Attention: Community Mental Health, Dental, Therapy
The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Managed Medical Assistance Program (MMA) is starting in Region 2, (Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
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