To prescribe Schedule II substances, a nurse must also apply for and be approved for a Schedule II Limited Use (LPSP) permit. More information can be found on the Commission`s Website on Certificates for Controlled Substances. Currently, nurses are only allowed to prescribe certain medications to treat obesity. See The Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-17 for more information on prescribing obesity and weight loss. Melissa DeCapua is a certified psychiatric nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University. She has a background in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as psychosomatic medicine. Uniquely, she also holds a Bachelor of Studio Art, which she uses to improve patient care, promote the nursing profession, and solve complex problems. Melissa currently works as a healthcare strategist at a Seattle-based health information technology company, where she leads product development by combining her clinical experience and creative thinking. She is a strong advocate for the empowerment of nurses and strongly believes that nurses should play a crucial role in shaping modern health care. For more information about Melissa, visit her blog www.melissadecapua.com and follow her on Twitter @melissadecapua. The first step in granting NPs full authority at the national level is to understand the current practice environments of the state.