Limitations of Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts - 2022

Last Reviewed: July 18th, 2022

Nurse practitioners (NPs) may be unable to function at their best in practice environments that limit their authority to carry out certain tasks that they have been trained to perform. This is often the case in states where the “restricted or reduced practice” regulatory structures are operated.

These serve as limitations to the immense contributions that NPs are capable. In such arrangements, NPs are mandated to be in career-long collaborative agreements with another healthcare practitioner which may be a doctor or dentist.

Fortunately, Massachusetts is one of the states that operate the “full practice” regulatory structure which is built to give NPs more responsibility and autonomy for the tasks they have been certified and licensed to carry out. In environments such as these, we can expect NPs to experience more job satisfaction and fulfillment. This is why the National Academy of Medicine recommends the full practice structure for all states in the US. Registered nurses (RNs) and NPs must lend their resources to advocacy exploits towards the adoption of the full practice structures in all states.