Limitations of Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania - 2022

Last Reviewed: March 14th, 2022

Pennsylvania runs the “reduced practice” regulatory structure in which nurse practitioners (NPs) are mandated to be in career-long partnerships with other healthcare practitioners like medical doctors or dentists. They are also restricted in their ability to perform one of the core tasks of NPs.

Such an environment can be very limiting for NPs and could dampen job satisfaction thereby leading to reduced productivity. “Full practice” structure, on the other hand, opens NPs up to numerous opportunities to impact patient care positively through evidence-based contributions to decisions making.

NPs must now join hands to advocate for the implementation of the full practice structure in all states; the standard as prescribed by the National Academy of Medicine.