(Solved) NR565 Week 2: State Specific Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances

The purpose of this assignment is to provide the student with an opportunity to explore the most recent guidelines and recommendations in the student’s state of practice for pain management therapies and education; as well as to understand specific state regulations governing controlled substance prescriptions.

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and describe at least one current state specific guideline for pain management therapy and education.
  • Explore other organizations or pain initiatives that are offered by the state (if applicable).
  • Describe state specific laws that apply to the authority to prescribe schedule II controlled substances.
  • Explore the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

Due Date:

Assignment should be submitted to the Week 2 State Specific Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances dropbox by Sunday 11:59 p.m. MST at the end of Week 2. When the assignment is placed in the dropbox, it will automatically be submitted to Turnitin. You may submit the assignment one additional time before the due date to lower the Turnitin score. If you choose to resubmit, the second submission will be considered final and subject to grading. Once the due date for the assignment passes, you may not resubmit to lower a Turnitin score.

This assignment will follow the late assignment policy specified in the course syllabus.

Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10% of the total points possible for that assignment for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment.

In the event of a situation that prevents timely submission of an assignment, students may petition their instructor for a waiver of the late submission grade reduction. The instructor will review the student’s rationale for the request and make a determination based on the merits of the student’s appeal. Consideration of the student’s total course performance to date will be a contributing factor in the determination. Students should continue to attend class, actively participate, and complete other assignments while the appeal is pending.

Total Points Possible: 50

Preparing the Paper:

  1. The State Specific Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances paper is worth 50 points and will be graded on the quality of the content, use of citations, use of Standard English grammar, sentence structure, and overall organization based on the required components as summarized in the directions and grading criteria/rubric.
  2. Submit the paper as a Microsoft Word Document, which is the required format at Chamberlain University. You are encouraged to use the APA Academic Writer when creating your assignment.
  3. Follow the directions below and the grading criteria located in the rubric closely. Any questions about this paper may be posted under the Q & A Forum or emailed to your faculty.
  4. The length of the paper should be 2-4 pages, excluding title page and reference page(s). The title and reference pages should be in APA format.
  5. Sources should be obtained directly from the state’s regulatory organization(s) and must be cited appropriately.
  6. It is recommended that you keep a copy of this paper to provide to potential employers or your Board of Nursing in order to demonstrate your knowledge of your state laws.


I. Guidelines and recommendations for your state:

In response to the opioid epidemic, individual states have developed and adopted voluntary guidelines or recommendations for the treatment of acute and chronic non-cancer pain. Based on research done on the state where you will practice clinically, include the following:

  1. Provide the name of your practicing state’s organization, group or task force that created guidelines or recommendations for pain management therapies and education.
  2. Briefly describe an overview of its development and include a web address where this information can be found. If your state does not have guidelines, discuss a federal guideline. (Note: you may need to contact your state’s board of nursing, pharmacy or medicine if you cannot locate it on your own).
  3. Some states have multiple organizations or initiatives (ex: Ohio) in place to combat the opioid epidemic and advocate for safer opioid prescribing. Discuss whether or not your state has other resources, groups or organizations where prescribers can reference best practices for pain management treatment. If applicable, provide a brief overview of the group’s recommendations or initiatives. If your state does not have another state-specific resource, discuss the guidelines published by the American Pain Society.

II. State specific laws on controlled substance prescribing for the nurse practitioner:

Research your state laws on advanced practice nurses’ authority to prescribe controlled substances. Based on research done on the state where you will practice clinically, include the following:

  1. Identify the law, rule, code or statute that describes the advanced practice nurse’s authority to prescribe controlled substances in your state.
  2. Discuss the provisions of the law, rule, code or statute with regard to the following:
    • Conditions or limits on prescribing schedule I-V controlled substances.
    • Requirements (if any) in documentation for treating acute and chronic pain.
    • Are there specific requirements for advanced practice nurses to reference the state’s prescription drug monitoring database before prescribing a controlled substance?  If so, what are they?

III. State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP):

Research your state’s PDMP* and provide the following information:

  1. Name of the state’s program.
  2. Website for the state PMDP.
  3. Discuss the registration requirements and process.
  4. Discuss the standards and procedures for the access and review of database information.

* As of 2019, all states except Missouri have a PDMP. If you will be practicing in Missouri, please research one of the bordering states to complete this section.


Guidelines and Recommendations

I intend to practice in Massachusetts. Some of the guidelines and recommendations for treating acute and chronic non-cancer pain have been developed and championed by the Mass General/Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) Opioid Task Force. This is a nonprofit group that was founded in 1994 (Massachusetts General Hospital, n.d). The rationale for the task force is to help the providers and patients to work collaboratively in managing pain safely. The guidelines developed by the task force support the healthcare provider in delivering responsible treatment for the patient to improve the quality of care for the patient suffering from acute and chronic pain. The information can be located at https://www.massgeneral.org/opioid-task-force.

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