full practice authority is "the collection of state practices and licensure laws that allow for NPs toevaluate patients, diagnose, order, and interpret diagnostic tests, initiate and manage treatments-including prescribing medications-under the exclusive licensure authority of the state board of nursing" (Hain & Fleck, 2014). We need to eliminating variances in state licensure and scope-of-practice which can only be done if laws and policies are changed. By removing barriers to independent practice, we could provide superior primary care to our citizens across the country. An important step to advancing the role of NPs is to rethink how to deliver quality and efficient primary care. Newhouse et al. (2012) suggested having an integrated workforce in which NPs establish relationships with primary care and specialty physicians. In order to do that, we need to change the policies that are holing NPs back. This can be accomplished by addressing the states regulatory boards and try to unify the scope of practice as well as having a clear defined role definition for NPs. ReferencesHain, D. & Fleck, L. M. (2014). Barriers to NP practice that impact healthcare redesign. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 19(2). Retrieved from LeBuhn, R. &Swankin, D. (2010). Reforming scopes of practice. Retrieved from Newhouse, R. P., Weiner, J. P., Stanik-Hutt, J., White, K. M., Johantgen, M., Steinwachs, D., … & Bass, E. B. (2012). Policy implications for optimizing advanced practice registered nurse use nationally. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 13(2), 81-89. doi: 10.1177/1527154412456299.
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