A nurse practitioner’s (NP) education prepares them to cater to one or more populations’ health; however, certain practice environments make this difficult for them. Fortunately, Arizona doesn’t have such restrictions in place for their NPs and is a “full practice” state.
The Arizona Nurse Practice Act granted NPs the right to practice independently in the state. That means they don’t have to be supervised by or collaborate with physicians to do their job. There are still guidelines that must be lawfully followed to ensure the patient receives appropriate care.
The AANP aims to make all US states “full practice“, as these environments allow NPs more autonomy. NPs are responsible for the clinical management of certain populations they’ve been trained, certified, and licensed to work with.
Unlike RNs, NPs can diagnose, request and interpret diagnostics, develop and implement treatments, and prescribe medication within their scope of expertise.