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(FTC, 2014). Consumers have a right to be protected by the assurance of their health care providers’ minimum requirement of education, training, knowledge and skills. However, the unnecessary restrictions on licensure and scope or practice may increase the cost of the practice provided by APNs and their ability to enter the market or expands the range of services
they offer. FTC (2014) also suggested having guiding principles and an analytical framework to help policymakers when evaluating the APN scope of practice regulations, which are:PrinciplesConsumer access to safe and effective health care is critical.Certification and licensure requirements should reflect the types of services APRNs can safely and effectively provide.Competition among health care providers yields important consumer benefits, including reduced costs and improved quality.APRNs can fulfill unmet health care needs when they are free from undue supervision requirements and practice restrictions.APRN and physician collaboration does not always require direct physician supervision of APRNs.APRN scope of practice limitations should be narrowly tailored to address well-founded health and safety concerns.It is important to scrutinize relevant safety and quality evidence to identify legitimate safety concerns and to determine the best means of addressing them.Analytical FrameworkWill the regulation significantly impede competition?Are there any significant and non-speculative health and safety needs that the regulatory restrictions are designed to meet?Do the regulations actually provide the intended benefits?Are there other demonstrated or reasonably likely consumer benefits associated with the regulations?When consumer benefits are slight, insubstantial or highly speculative, a regulation that imposes non-trivial impediments to competition is not justified.Is the regulation likely to redress consumer harm or risk of harm?Are the regulations narrowly tailored to serve the state’s policy priorities? (p.3)Through many studies, it was proven that APNs provide safe, quality, and cost-effective care. Expanding of the full practice of APNs will bring a bright future in healthcare here in U.S. ReferencesFederal Trade Commission [FTC]. (2014). Policy perspectives: Competition and the regulation of advanced practice nurses. Retrieved from -regulation-advanced-practice-nurses/140307aprnpolicypaper.pdfWK 8Dr. Regalado and class,
I am so glad that I pursued this area of study to advance my career. As I learn more about the opportunities as a family nurse practitioner, I realized that it suits really well with my character and future goals. After a completion of this course, I am going to focus on providing safe and effective care by utilizing evidenced based practice (EBP). Continuous research and attending care related meetings would be helpful with the EBP. Furthermore, I would learn how to cooperate with other professions. The main motivation for me to become a FNP is due to the