Some states place restrictions on the practice of nurse practitioners (NPs). These restrictions or limitations of practice require NPs to perform certain duties under the supervision of physicians. This system is called “reduced practice”. A more restrictive system doesn’t allow NPs to perform at least one role. South Carolina is one of such states with these limitations. As a result, NPs in South Carolina work under “restricted practice”.
As a prospective NP, you can join the campaign to provide a freer work environment for NPs in the state. The benefits of the free practice include increased access to healthcare and job satisfaction for NPs. Recently the governor of South Carolina eased some of the restrictions to the practice of NPs. You can join other NPs in the South Carolina Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to provide awareness and recognition of the restrictions of NPs. Nursing associations can also lobby legislators to effect change to laws that restrict the practice of nurse practitioners in the state.