Nurse practitioner scope of practice laws govern the autonomy nurse practitioners are given within their practice to treat patients. In 29 states, these laws limit autonomy by requiring nurse practitioners to collaborate with, or work under, the supervision of another health care provider.
This dataset identifies variation in scope of practice laws, including whether nurse practitioners are provided full or limited practice authority, whether there is a transition to practice requirement, and a list of activities they may conduct autonomously. The acts and providers included are not an exhaustive list, but instead are the most common and important classifications identifiable in the law across jurisdictions. Read more.