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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice

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Nurse practitioner scope of practice laws govern the autonomy nurse practitioners are given within their practice to treat patients. In some states, these laws limit autonomy by requiring nurse practitioners to collaborate with, or work under, the supervision of another health care provider. In others, nurse practitioners are given full practice authority that enables them to practice without collaboration or supervision. 

This dataset identifies the 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 before they are given full practice authority and what clinical activities they may conduct autonomously. The lists of activities and supervising providers included are not exhaustive, but instead are the most common and important classifications identifiable in the law across jurisdictions.

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Dataset Details Supporting Documents
Created by Center for Public Health Law Research and National Nurse-Led Care Consortium Data
Date range: May 1, 2015 – August 1, 2017 Codebook
Jurisdictions: 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia Protocol