Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice

Across the nation, laws govern the level of independence nurse practitioners have to provide care and delegate medical activities to other health care professionals. In some states, nurse practitioners may practice independently, while in others, they must always enter a collaborative agreement with a supervising physician.

This dataset identifies variations in state laws regulating nurse practitioners scope of practice, including what medical activities they may conduct independently, the ability of nurses to delegate acts to other medical professionals and the types of settings in which an expanded scope of practice may be permitted. The acts and professionals included are not an exhaustive list, but instead are the most common and important classifications identifiable in the law across all jurisdictions.

This page displays laws updated through May 1, 2015. To explore the variation in these laws click the “Start Here” button below.  

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