Schedules for Ordering
The NP Schedules for Ordering outline the screening and diagnostic tests that may be ordered and interpreted, the drugs that may be prescribed and the forms of energy that may be ordered by the NP. These schedules are established through recommendations of the Nurse Practitioner Therapeutics Committee (NPTC) and approved by the NANB Board of Directors and the Minister of Health.
The schedules are located in the Standards for the Practice of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners, Appendix 2
Since December 2018, NPs are authorized to order medical cannabis. For further guidance and links to evidence-informed resources, please refer to the document Practice Guideline for Nurse Practitioners Authorizing Medical Cannabis.
Controlled Drugs and Substances
There are key points to consider when prescribing controlled drugs and substances. NPs are encouraged to review this information in our Fact Sheet: Legal Considerations When Prescribing Controlled Drugs.
NPs in New Brunswick are authorized to prescribe methadone. Methadone prescribing is considered a post-entry level competency and as such NPs who engage in this practice are accountable to attain and maintain the necessary knowledge and skill to practice competently, safely and ethically. For further information, please refer to the Fact Sheet: Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Methadone.
The prescription of drugs found on Schedule “C” of the NANB document Nurse Practitioner Schedules for Ordering may be subjected to a Special Authorization process for payment purposes. See the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program (NBPDP) Formulary.
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