Nurse practitioners (NPs) are nurses who are licensed to diagnose patients, request, examinations, and tests, and prescribe medications. However, there may be certain limitations in the healthcare system of different states that affect the work of NPs negatively.
Georgia operates the “restricted practice” policy which means that all nurse practitioners must be involved in career-long collaborative practice and can only practice in a team headed by another health provider. This puts a limit on how much a CNP can express the knowledge and skills that they have acquired through training and experience.
The “full practice policy” has been prescribed as the best option by the National Academy of Medicine as it allows CNPs more autonomy in their practice. The implementation of this policy will enable the healthcare system to benefit from the immense usefulness that CNPs can present at the primary level of health care, through preventive medicine.
Nurses and nurse practitioners must partner with relevant unions and interest groups to advocate for the implementation of the full practice policy in all states in the US.