Improving Access
to Care

Nurses must be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

 

Goal and Impact

State laws and federal policies are among factors that keep nurses from contributing all they can to America’s health needs and wellness. The Campaign for Action is pushing for changes that would allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Lifting restrictions means that more Americans will have better access to high-quality, affordable health care when and where they need it, including in rural and other underserved areas of the country.

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Progress

Since the Campaign began, nine states have increased consumers’ access to care by removing legal barriers that prevented nurse practitioners from providing care to the full extent of their education and training. In 22 states and the District of Columbia, nurse practitioners are allowed to provide full care.

This graph is a part of the Campaign for Action Dashboard, a series of charts and graphs that show goals by which the Campaign evaluates its efforts to implement recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health.

  • State practice environment for nurse practitioners
  • State practice environment for certified nurse-midwives
  • NCSBN’s Consensus Model implementation status map
  • Number of nurse-led clinics in the United States
  • Percentage of U.S. Nurse-Led Clinics in Medically Underserved Areas

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Related Resources:

  1. Current Activity on Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

    Jun 06, 2018

    This two-page document provides current activity on removing barriers to practice and care.  It was last updated June 2018. The document includes: Overview Map of State Progress in Removing Barriers to Practice and Care Recent Publications in Support of Removing more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Tools & Tips: Advocacy, Milestones, Location: National,

  2. State Progress in Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

    Jun 06, 2018

    Since the Campaign began, nine states (South Dakota – 2017, Maryland-2015, Nebraska-2015, Minnesota–2014, Connecticut–2014, Nevada–2013, Rhode Island–2013, North Dakota–2011, and Vermont–2011) have removed statutory barriers that prevented nurse practitioners from more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Location: National,

 

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