Vermont State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Vermont State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: 26 V.S.A. § 1571

Regulatory Structure: Full Practice

State practice and licensure laws authorize nurse practitioners (NPs) to evaluate patients, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapeutic measures.
ADC 20-4-1100:8

Regulatory Agency

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing (BON).
26 V.S.A. § 1574

Licensure Requirements

Requirements include an RN license, a graduate degree in an NP role and national certification.
26 V.S.A. § 1611

Continuing Education (CE)*

CE requirements determined by the BON. See the BON for details.
Vermont Board of Nursing

Medical Staff Membership**

Medical staff is composed in accordance with hospital bylaws.
18 V.S.A. § 1905

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Signature Authority: Vermont grants NPs Signature Authority.
    26 V.S.A. § 1616
  • Physical Therapy: NPs are authorized to refer to physical therapy.
    VT ADC 20-4-1100:8
  • Parking Permits: NPs are authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    23 V.S.A. § 304a
  • DNR: NPs are authorized to sign Do Not Resuscitate orders.
    18 V.S.A. § 9708
  • Death Certificates: NPs are authorized to sign death certificates.
    18 V.S.A. § 5202
  • Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)/Clinician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (COLST): Vermont's COLST form may be signed by an NP.
    18 V.S.A. § 9708

*Contact hours in specific topics may be required. Please contact your state 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.
DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this fact sheet is offered as information only and not as practice, financial, accounting, legal or other professional advice. Correspondents must contact their own professional advisors for such advice.

Updated December 20, 2018

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