NR 506 Week 3 Discussion:

NURS 8100 Policy and State Boards of Nursing

NURS 8100 Policy and State Boards of Nursing

NURS 8100 Policy and State Boards of Nursing

The Illinois state board of nursing has made several amendments to advanced nursing practice regulations. The board created a pathway for APRNs working in hospitals, hospital-affiliated settings, and ambulatory surgery centers to offer most advanced practice nursing care with no career-long collaborative agreement (Illinois General Assembly, n.d.). A written collaborative agreement is needed for all APRNs engaged in clinical practice, except those privileged to practice in a hospital, hospital affiliate, or ambulatory surgical treatment center. However, if an APRN engages in clinical practice outside of a hospital, hospital affiliate, or ambulatory surgical treatment center must have a written collaborative agreement (Illinois General Assembly, n.d.). Besides, APRNs must have an ongoing relationship with a physician to prescribe benzodiazepines and some other scheduled agents.

The state regulations are supported in my current place of employment since the organization’s leadership allows APRNs to practice within their full scope of education without a collaborative agreement with a physician. APRNs in our organization are authorized to: conduct patient assessment; diagnose; order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests; order treatments; provide palliative and end-of-life care; provide advanced counseling, patient education, and patient advocacy.

The scope of APRN practice differs across various states in the US. Various states grant APRNs Full practice authority, while others have Reduced and Restricted practice. States with Full practice allow APRNs to practice within their full scope of education (Peterson, 2018). APRNs with Reduced practice are required to have a collaborative agreement with a physician to engage in the elements of APRN practice. Besides, states with restricted practice need supervision and delegation to practice. The APRN scope of practice disparity negatively affects APRN professional practice since APRNs in some states are not allowed to practice as their counterparts in other states. Patients in states with Full practice have more access to healthcare since APRNs act as primary care providers (Ortiz et al., 2018).

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Illinois General Assembly. (n.d.). Nurse Practice Act.

Ortiz, J., Hofler, R., Bushy, A., Lin, Y. L., Khanijahani, A., & Bitney, A. (2018). Impact of Nurse Practitioner Practice Regulations on Rural Population Health Outcomes. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)6(2), 65.

Peterson, M. E. (2018). Barriers to Practice and the Impact on Health Care: A Nurse Practitioner Focus. Journal of the advanced practitioner in oncology8(1), 74–81.

For many years, as advanced as the State of Massachusetts was on many fronts, the profession of nursing was not one of them.  Up until January 6, 2021, ARNP’s we had be given temporary (full) practice authority due to the Covid Pandemic.  When signed in January 2021, we were the last New England State to give ARNP’s full practice authority, and the 23rd State to pass this regulation across the United States (Health Leaders, 2021).

The Health System I work for is woefully behind adjusting policies and procedures to reflect this new amendment to ARNP’s practice authority within the state.  We have a significant need for primary care providers within the Commonwealth and with this change, ARNP’s can practice independently and as primary care providers with their own panel of patients (AANP, 2021,, 2021).  Up until a few months ago, I had to have the physician I work with listed as my supervising provider. Other policies came to question as they were completely unnecessary.  According to the medical groups administrative leadership, primary care panels by APRN’s is in the works, but likely won’t occur system wide for 18-24 months (Personal Communication, April 24, 2022).NURS 8100 Policy and State Boards of  Nursing

There is significant variability across the United States regarding practice Authority.  According to AANP (2021), 29* states (*including Guam, Northern Marina Islands and Washington, DC) have full practice authority, 16* states (*including American Samoa, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) have reduced practice authority and 11 have restricted practice authority (Nurse Journal, 2022.  Full practice authority is defined as an NP practicing to the full scope of licensure without a supervising physician.  Reduced practice authority means NP’s can perform parts of their scope independently and parts with supervision.  Rarely does this include diagnostic testing and diagnosis and treatment but more often medication oversight.  Restricted practice authority states require NP’s to work solely under the supervision of a physician (AANP, 2021, Nurse Journal, 2022).

Professional nurses, regardless of area of practice, have demonstrated competencies to be able to practice in a full scope capacity without supervision.  By minimizing scope across the United States, we are ultimately denying access to healthcare by a qualified provider (AANP, 2021).  Most advanced practice nurses, especially if they have Doctorate level education, have more years of school and clinical than that of their physician colleagues (Nurse Journal, 2022).  Lack of recognition and utilization of our extensive capabilities, may undermine the professions’ ability for growth and respect.


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  (2021). Information and resources for Massachusetts NPs.

Health Leaders (2021).  Massachusetts is the 23rd state to allow NPs to practice independently. (2022).  244 CMR 4.00: Advanced practice registered nursing.

Nurse Journal.  (2022).  Nurse practitioner practice authority: A state-by-state guide.