A nurse who is able to practice to the full extent of their licensure and training is said to have full practice authority. Unfortunately, many states have instituted laws and regulations that prevent nurses from carrying out functions they are legally licensed and fully trained to perform. In the case of advanced practice nurses, like nurse practitioners, these regulations usually take the form of unnecessary physician supervision and collaboration requirements.
With millions of Americans enrolling in health coverage and the nation facing a shortage a shortage of primary care providers, policy makers need to institute polices that maximize the potential of all available health care providers. Research shows permitting nurses to exercise full practice authority increases access and lowers costs.
The research is clear and shows that full practice authority increases access to health care while decreasing the cost of health care.
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published their Future of Nursing Report, which recommended states adopt policies and regulations that allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their licensure and training. The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is committed to advancing full practice authority throughout the United States.Access Our Policy Resources