Ohio operates the “reduced practice” regulatory structure, requiring licensed nurser practitioners (NPs) to operate career-long collaborative agreements with physicians and other healthcare professionals to practice. This serves as a limitation to the ability of NPs to fully employ their skills and knowledge while contributing to the healthcare of Ohioans.
The “full practice” policy structure gives NPs more responsibility and empowers them to make critical health management decisions as they have been trained to. The National Academy of Medicine recognizes the need for nurse practitioner members of healthcare teams to operate at the highest level of professionalism with sufficient autonomy, hence it ascribes the full practice structure as ideal. NPs must join hands to advocate for its implementation in all states.