Nurse Practitioner School in Rhode Island - RI
Nurse practitioner schools in Rhode Island prepare students with RN status to join an even more elite group of nurses: the RNPs. A Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, or RNP, is a nurse who has advanced training beyond that required for RN licensing. Such nurses can practice independently and, in many cases, write prescriptions. One of the requirements is to hold a master's in nursing. Another is to take a credentialing exam given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or another approved certifying body. One can find content outlines and sample questions for different nurse practitioner specialties (acute care, pediatric care, psychiatric and metal health) on the ANCC site.
Nurse practitioner courses can be rigorous, both in theory and application. One of the focuses is on advanced evaluation and decision making processes.
Ultimately, a Rhode Island nurse practitioner holds dual licensing as a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner. She must apply to the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education for licensure as a certified nurse practitioner. A separate license is required to prescribe medications. In order to get this license, the nurse must document thirty hours of recent training in pharmacology. She must take thirty hours of continuing education in pharmacology every six years thereafter.