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Notice of Rulemaking Activity

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing, in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950 et seq., and through the authority granted in R.S. 37:918, is proposing rule changes to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Authorized Practice and Continuing Education Requirement for APRNs Prescribing Controlled Substances (LAC 46:XLVII.4507, 4513 and 4516). The proposed rule changes alter the requirements for continuing education for APRNs who prescribe controlled substances and possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) license as required by Act 76 of Louisiana's 2017 Regular Session of the Legislature. The proposed rule changes also make technical corrections to the references that provide for the requirement of national board certification of all APRNs applying for licensure. Furthermore, the proposed rules clarify the practice requirement for renewal of APRNs licensed under R.S. 37:912(B)(3)(4), to align with the recently implemented biennial renewal in that the practice requirement is annual rather than the previous language of 'within a 12-month period'.

The first step in the rulemaking process is the publication of the Board's Notice of Intent in the May edition of the Louisiana Register. As of May 20, 2019, you will be able to access the publication free of charge at the state register's website at The Notice of Intent can be found here.

The Board requests to receive written comments on the proposed revisions by June 10, 2019.

Please direct all written communications regarding this proposal to my attention at the Board office.

For the Board
Karen C. Lyon, PhD, RN, NEA
Executive Director