Overcoming State Hurdles to Independent NP Practice


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Wallis, Laura

AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 113(3):16-17, March 2013.

doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000427864.97978.60

[h=2]Overcoming State Hurdles to Independent NP Practice[/h]

....Progress is being made nationally on scope of practice laws, albeit slowly; in 2012 alone, 50 bills related to nurses' scope of practice were introduced in state legislatures. As Tay Kopanos, director of health care policy for state government affairs at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, points out, section 2706 of the ACA will go into effect in January 2014, barring insurance companies from discriminating against health care providers who are working within the limits of their licenses under current state law. And there's some good news for independent NPs like those in Colorado and elsewhere (see An NP-Led Model That Works)...


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Nice. Thanks for posting! I've heard some rumbles about trying for independent practice in CA over the next couple of years. I'm wondering if others have heard anything? That would significantly impact my decision about whether or not I want to stay here to practice.


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We've got the numbers to get independent practice, all we need to do is be willing to fight for it.

Specializes in FNP, ONP. Has 25 years experience.

I encourage you to go for it. I can't tell you how really, really fabulous it is. The physicians in this state are so accustomed to it, no one gives it a thought. We have their full fledged support. Every once in a while they realize it isn't the case everywhere and express surprise and scratch their heads and wonder why.