Policy brief tackles scope of practice laws and their impact

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In many parts of the country, Americans find it hard to get healthcare when and where they need it. Instead of getting the care they need, patients often get caught up in the restrictions that limit NPs from providing all the services they have been educated to offer. The latest issue of Charting Nursing's Future, a series of policy briefs on topics of interest to nurses published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), delves into the matter in a sweeping, state-by-state look at scope-of-practice (SOP) laws in the United States and their repercussions.1
Although 22 states and the District of Columbia allow NPs full practice authority, 28 states still apply restrictions to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).2 In the issue “The Case for Removing Barriers to APRN Practice,” readers will find a glossary, a primer, and a call to action regarding laws in some states that hinder these highly educated professionals and cause public delays in care.1 Among other features are:
The issue includes fundamentals as well, covering a description of all four APRN roles, including education, clinical training, certification, licensure, and numbers. There is also a graph that indicates how graduation rates of NPs have exponentially increased.
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