Statement of Support from the Board of Nursing
Dear NPADC Members and Colleagues,
Below, please find a statement of support from the Board of Nursing (BON) for APRNs. If you are continuing to encounter barriers related to signing forms, please let us know as soon as possible as the BON is willing to work closely with APRNs to finding a resolution.
You may find the following statement on the BON website by clicking HERE!
HEALTH REGULATION AND LICENSING ADMINISTRATION
ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES (APRNs) AUTHORITY TO SIGN FORMS THAT REQUIRE A PHYSICIAN’S SIGNATURE
This statement is issued to clarify that, in the District of Columbia, the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Signature Authority Amendment Act of 2017 (effective February 17, 2018) authorizes advanced practice registered nurses to sign all documents that a physician is required to sign, in place of said physician. Published in DC Register on March 16, 2018.
Specifically, authority for this action is predicated in the amendment to DC Official Code § 3‐1206.04(5) which states:
An advanced practice registered nurse may:
(5) Sign, certify, stamp, or endorse all documents that require a signature by a physician, in place of a physician, provided it is within the scope of their authorized practice.