Nurse Practitioner (NP) Practice Authority By State & Scope of Practice

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are graduate-trained professionals who provide high-quality and cost-effective healthcare. They meet the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, helping the United States to combat its looming primary care shortage. However, their ability to prescribe specific medications and fulfill functions as independent practitioners can be limited by the state in which they live.

Discover how limited and restricted practice laws affect NPs within these states—and how APRNs and advocates are fighting for full practice authority.

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