By ThriveAP Team Member Leonel Cabrera
Summer seems like the perfect time to feature costal state Maryland’s nurse practitioner scope of practice. Famous for amazing seafood, specifically culinary delicacy crab cakes, and home to former baseball great Babe Ruth, Maryland oozes classic summertime fun. In keeping with this lighthearted tone, Maryland boasts lenient rules and regulations towards NP practice.
Let’s delve into the laws that make this great state a smart choice for nurse practitioners looking for freedom in their careers.
Maryland Nurse Practitioner Supervision Laws
Fortunately for NP’s, as of 2010, Maryland is one state that allows nurse practitioners to practice independently. A one page agreement verifying the NP has a physician lined up to consult if needed is all that is required. Other than that, the nurse practitioner is able to independently assess, diagnose and treat patients free of supervision. Physicians need not sign the NP’s charts or be on site for nurse practitioners to provide patient care in Maryland.
NP’s in Maryland are recognized as primary care providers which is a plus as it allows them to share some of Maryland’s primary care burden.
Maryland’s Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Laws
Prescribing laws for NP’s in Maryland are equally as lax as supervision laws. For a nurse practitioner to prescribe medications, he/she must simply have the right outlined in the one page consultation agreement with the physician. Once this is complete, the NP can independently prescribe Schedule II-V substances without the presence or oversight of a physician. Looks like NP’s have it made in Maryland!
Other Maryland NP Scope of Practice Laws
Nurse practitioners are able to refer patients to physical therapy and sign death certificates as well as handicap placard permits in Maryland. Another lesser known NP right is the ability to sign worker’s compensation claims.
Maryland’s favorable NP laws were reformed in 2010 after the state lost between 10% and 15% of it’s nurse practitioners. Given this reform, it would be a wise choice for a nurse practitioner to move to Maryland where the level of independence is high. Maryland’s future for NP’s looks bright!