Limitations of Practice are policy structures or systems that affect the quality of service rendered by nurse practitioners. The result can be restrictions concerning what the nurse practitioner (NP) can do as stated in the law.
Hawaii is one of the states that operate the “Full Practice” policy for nurse practitioners, which means they are allowed to practice to the full extent of their skill and knowledge. That creates a healthy environment for NPs to contribute maximally to the healthcare system, particularly at the primary healthcare level through preventive medicine.
The National Academy of Medicine has highlighted full practice as the ideal policy for all states in the US to follow. NPs and nurses should join their efforts together toward the adoption of this policy in all states in the US. Partnering with agencies such as AANP in their advocacy exploits is a good start.