A nurse practitioner’s scope of practice are the procedures, actions and processes that the NP is permitted to undertake under the terms of his or her professional licensure. The scope of practice for nurse practitioners is changing quickly in many states. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is tracking these changes closely. The AANP classifies states in three categories; full practice, reduced practice, and restricted practice. Over 20 states have enacted a model of “full practice” for nurse practitioners as of 2019. This means that the nurse practitioner practices exclusively under the authority of the state nursing board, and not a physician. State laws in the other two categories either reduce or restrict a nurse practitioner’s practice and/or require collaborative agreements with another healthcare provider.
Due to constant change, please check the AANP and/or the individual state nursing board for direction on licensure and scope of practice.
Visit AANP or the individual boards.