Rhode Island State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Rhode Island State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: RI ST § 5-34-1.1

Regulatory Structure: Full Practice

State practice and licensure laws authorize NPs to evaluate patients, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapeutic measures.
RI ST §5-34-44

Regulatory Agencies

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
63 P.S. § 212.1

Licensure Requirements

State law requires an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
63 P.S. § 218.1

Continuing Education*

State law requires 10 CE hours every two years. See the Board of Nursing for details.
RI ADC 31-5-28:8.0

Malpractice Insurance

Rhode Island NPs are required to maintain malpractice insurance in the amount of $100,000 per claim and $300,000 in the aggregate.
RI ST § 42-14.1-2

Medical Staff Membership**

Medical staff is composed in accordance with hospital bylaws.
RI ADC 31-4-18:8.0

Primary Care Providers

NPs are defined in law as primary care providers.
RI ST § 5-34-3

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Signature Authority: Rhode Island grants NPs signature authority.
    RI ST § 5-34-42
  • Physical Therapy: Rhode Island NPs are authorized to refer to physical therapy.
    RI ST § 5-34-49
  • Parking Permits: Rhode Island NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    RI ST § 5-34-42
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Rhode Island NPs are authorized to sign do not resuscitate orders.
    RI ST § 23-4.11
  • Death Certificates: Rhode Island NPs are authorized to sign death certificates.
    RI ST § 5-34-42
  • Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST)/Medical Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (MOLST): Rhode Island's MOLST form may be signed by an NP.
    RI ST § 23-4.11-2

*Contact hours in specific topics may be required. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for current information.
**Medical staff membership refers to governing and voting privileges and is not reflective of clinical or admitting privileges within institutions.

Updated November 2017

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