Indiana’s state nursing practice environment can present some conditions that make it unfavorable for NPs to give their best in healthcare. In a state like Indiana, where the “Reduced Practice” regulatory structure operates, NPs are forced to be in career-long collaborative agreements with another healthcare practitioner, likely a doctor or dentist.
This places a limit on the NP’s ability to use their skill and knowledge honed through advanced education and years of experience in making critical decisions as regards the patient’s health.
The full-practice regulatory structure has already been implemented in many states in the US. This structure allows NPs more autonomy and responsibility in healthcare, particularly at the primary level. Nurses and NPs must join hands together in advocacy exploits toward the implementation of the full policy in all states.