Nurse practitioners (NPs) fall under a class of nurse referred to as advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). APRNs are registered nurses (RNs) who are licensed to carry out tasks beyond what an RN should do as spelled out by the state laws and Nurse Practice Act.
These professionals have acquired the requisite skill to wield such licenses through advanced education, national certification, and years of clinical experience. APRNs are generally known to have a given specialty area and a particular population focus. This enables them to go deep into their field to gain relevant knowledge of diseases and conditions that can present in their chosen population foci.
The Nevada State Board of Nursing (NVBN) is the regulatory body for the nursing practice in Nevada and they are responsible for issuing licenses to qualified professionals. This serves as a way of allowing only qualified nurses into the state healthcare system.
The board receives hundreds of applications for initial RN and APRN-NP licenses yearly. However, following strict review processes, only applicants who comply with spelled out requirements are issued licenses.