Limitations of Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Texas - 2022

Last Reviewed: June 14th, 2022

There are no limitations of practice as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Texas. Texas has adopted the “full practice” policy; this means Texas NPs are able to use the full range of their education/training and operate independently in Texas. Additionally, you can run a nurse practitioner private practice without the involvement of a physician.

The limitations of practice as an NP are barriers that limit the ability to practice as an NP. In other states with more restrictive policies, this means that as an NP, you’ll not be allowed to exercise the full scope of your education and training to provide primary healthcare to the public. In some cases, you might be placed under the supervision of a physician (restricted practice) or your role will be limited to only certain duties (reduced practice) which is usually below your full potential as an NP.

These barriers negatively impact NPs and it affects the public as a whole. The shortage of physicians calls for nurse practitioners to fill the gap and provide quality healthcare services to the public, especially people in underserved regions. Legislations against the full practice of nurse practitioners in every state should be abolished to allow for more access to quality healthcare from NPs which is usually less expensive compared to the physician counterpart.

The fight to have the full practice policy adopted in all 50 states of the US is still ongoing and you can be a part of it, implementing change by combining efforts with organizations like the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, AANP.