Protocol FAQs


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Do all nurse practitioners need to file protocols?

ARNPs practicing in Florida are required to file a protocol with the board office within thirty days of the initiation of practice or change to an existing protocol.

ARNPs with Florida licenses that are serving in the military and practicing in federal institutions in and outside of Florida are not required to file a protocol.

When is a protocol required to be sent to the Florida Board of Nursing?

An original protocol needs to be filed with the board within 30 days of license renewal and within 30 days after entering into a supervisory relationship with a physician or changes to the protocol.

Where does the nurse need to send a protocol?

To the Florida Board of Nursing at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C-02, Tallahassee, Florida 32399

How many Nurse Practitioners can be listed on a protocol?

Only one ARNP can be listed on a protocol.

How many supervising physicians can be listed on a protocol?

A minimum of one physician is required to be listed on a protocol as the primary supervising physician. A back-up physician may be included in the protocol if the ARNP or facility wishes to appoint a secondary physician.

Is a DEA number required for the physician on a protocol?

Yes, all physicians listed in a protocol must include their signature, license number and DEA number.

Are original signatures required on a protocol?

The original of the protocol must be filed with the Department. If the Board office cannot tell if the signatures are original, the protocol will be returned with a request for all signatures to be in blue ink. Blue ink signatures are requested as it is much easier to determine if the signature is original if it is in blue ink.

Does an ARNP have to submit multiple protocols for different physicians that will be supervising them?

No, an ARNP can have one protocol entailing one page that includes the signatures, license numbers and DEA numbers of all the physicians that will be supervising them.

Does the supervising physician that I list on my protocol have to be licensed in Florida?

Yes, the supervising physician that you list on your protocol must be licensed in Florida.

What dates need to be provided on an ARNP protocol?

The date the protocol was created and/or amended, if applicable. When the protocol needs to be amended, a current date must be reflected for that time.

Do ARNPs who work in a federal facility need to submit a protocol to the Florida Board of Nursing?

No, according to the section 464.022(7), F.S., an ARNP who is currently employed by the U.S. government, or any bureau, division or agency thereof does not need to submit a protocol.

I am currently moving to another state, but I want to keep my license active in Florida. Do I still need to submit a protocol?

No, any ARNP who is not currently practicing in Florida does not need to send a protocol, but you will need to submit a Financial Responsibility Form to our Board office and check the corresponding box.

Should a copy of the protocol be kept at the practice site?

Yes, a copy of the original protocol and a copy of the notice required by section 458.348(1), F.S. should be kept at the site of practice of each party of the protocol. After the expiration of the protocol each party is responsible for insuring that a copy of the protocol is maintained for future reference for a period of four (4) years.

How long does it normally take for an ARNP protocol to be accepted by the Florida Board of Nursing?

Please allow 30 days for a protocol to be entered into our database.

How can I check if my ARNP protocol has been accepted by the Florida Board of Nursing?

Once your protocol has been accepted by our Board office, a scanned copy of your protocol will show up as a document in your Practitioner Profile. You will also receive a letter of confirmation stating that it has been entered into our database.

Are the protocols reviewed or approved by the Board of Nursing?

Yes, protocols are reviewed by the Board of Nursing.

Should the protocol state which medications can be prescribed?

Yes, you must list all medications that the supervising physician has agreed you may prescribe. You may want to use generic names and/or categories of medications instead of using trade names, i.e., antibiotics, antiemetics, etc.