Written Protocols for NPs

January 1, 2008

We’ve hired a nurse practitioner for the first time, and as I was reviewing our state’s laws and policies online from the Board of Nursing, I noticed it said we must have a set of approved written protocols authorized by the physician. Considering that I’m just learning about this, is there anything I can purchase that has general protocols for this purpose, that I can have the physicians add to and sign off on as the NP settles in?

Question: We’ve hired a nurse practitioner for the first time, and as I was reviewing our state’s laws and policies online from the Board of Nursing, I noticed it said we must have a set of approved written protocols authorized by the physician. Considering that I’m just learning about this, is there anything I can purchase that has general protocols for this purpose, that I can have the physicians add to and sign off on as the NP settles in?

Answer: This resource may help. Also, it actually would be good for the NP to take charge of this, writing down the systems she and the physician agree to for certain conditions, then making sure the physician signs off on it. This will set in stone what they work through as they get to know each other.