The first barrier mentioned by Hain and Fleck (2014) is state licensure. State licensure is preventing nurse practitioners (NP) from practicing to the full extent of their education and training (Hain & Fleck, 2014). Each state differs on NP licensure and practice laws. According to Hain and Fleck (2014), only 1/3 of the nation allows full practice authority licensure and practice laws. One of the biggest barriers accessing health care is related to a very strict scope ofpractice regulations. In my opinion, this first barrier involving state practice and licensure is likethe state recognizes that the advanced practice nurse (APN) has received required education and training but doesn’t want to fully admit they can practice to the full extent. The barrier of physician related issues comes off as physicians, some not all, believe that NPs are not as well qualified to provide the ideal patient care because physicians go through more extensive training and schooling. While the physicians may go through more schooling and training, most NPs have more experience with direct patient care (my opinion). Physicians are not always familiar with NPs scope of practice which leads to them restricting or limiting what their NPs can perform.
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- Fall '15
- Physician, Health care provider, Nursing specialties