Limitations of practice are policy structures that can adversely affect the quality of work done by nurse practitioners.
States in the U.S. either operate the full, reduced or restricted practice policy for nurse practitioners. Colorado is one of the states that have advanced to the “full practice” level. This means that the resources at the disposal of Colorado NPs are maximized as they are given more professional freedom. NPs in Colorado can practice on their own after fulfilling the fundamental requirements for the APRN and RXN licenses respectively. However, they are required to have functional professional liability insurance.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) prescribes “full practice” as the gold standard. The training of nurse practitioners can be put to maximum use in such an environment. This also makes nurse practitioners responsible for the healthcare of their patients and reduces the burden on physicians. Nurses are encouraged to lend their voices to campaigns for the implementation of full practice in all U.S. states. Visit the AANP advocacy center for more information on this.