Limitations of practice are policy structures that can adversely affect the quality of work done by nurse practitioners.
States in the US either operate the full, reduced or restricted practice policy for nurse practitioners. Colorado is one of the states that has implemented the “Full Practice“ policy. That 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 Advanced Practice Registration (APN) and RXN licenses, respectively.
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. That also makes nurse practitioners responsible for their patient’s care and reduces the burden on physicians. Nurses are encouraged to lead campaigns to implement “Full Practice” in all US states. Visit the AANP advocacy center for more information.