Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.
Key Message #1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
The variability of scope-of-practice regulations across states may hinder advanced practice nurses from giving care they were trained to provide and contributing to innovative health care delivery solutions.
Although some states have regulations that allow nurse practitioners to see patients and prescribe medications without a physician’s supervision, a majority of states do not.
The federal government is well suited to promote reform of states’ scope-of-practice laws by sharing and providing incentives for the adoption of best practices.
Scope of practice laws are state-based and politically driven…
… resulting in state variability and unnecessary limitations on practice.