The Case for Removing Barriers to APRN Practice

Despite notable progress toward full practice authority for APRNs, much work remains.

from Charting Nursing’s Future

The 2010 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health took a bold stand. It called for the removal of practice barriers—laws, regulations, and policies that prevent advanced practice registered nurses from providing the full scope of health care services they are educated and certified to provide.

In the six years since, the Federal Trade Commission, National Governors Association, AARP, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, American Hospital Association, The Heritage Foundation, and others have added their voices to the call, and several states have removed or eased restrictions based on the report’s recommendation.

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