Limitations of Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Arkansas - 2022

Last Reviewed: June 14th, 2022

Nurse practitioners in Arkansas are limited by the “reduced practice” policy which means that NP’s have a reduced ability to engage in at least one of the activities that NPs are trained to engage in. All nurse practitioners are required to be in career-long, compulsory collaborative agreements with another healthcare provider, usually a physician. As a result, nurse practitioners practicing in Arkansas can be said to be underutilized concerning their skill set and knowledge base which has been honed through graduate-level education and national certification.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners recommends the “full practice” policy for all states. It has been implemented in some states and is ideal as it gives NPs more professional responsibility and better utilizes their high level of training. It is expected that states that still use the reduced practice option for nurse practitioners will transition into the full practice with an increasing realization of the value that NPs present to the healthcare field and communities. Nurse practitioners should lend their support to advocacy exploits toward the implementation of full practice policy in all states in the US. Visit the AANP advocacy center here.