Nurse Practitioner. 35(5):47-53, May 2010.
Washington State NPs have had fully autonomous prescribing and practice since a 2005 law removed the requirement for a joint practice agreement with a physician to prescribe schedule II-IV drugs. Nonetheless, research reveals that not all NPs prescribe controlled substances nor do all NPs feel fully autonomous. For NPs, attaining autonomy has required the unwavering diligence of nurse leaders and activists. Unfortunately, a conundrum exists that encumbers the process.