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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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, and many other states have made incremental improvements. 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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  1. Four Types of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

    Oct 10, 2019

    There are four types of advanced practice registered nurses: Nurse practitioners Clinical nurse specialists Certified registered nurse anesthetists Certified nurse-midwives Find out how many are in the United States, and what they do, by more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Location: National,

  2. NCSBN’s Consensus Model implementation status map

    Jul 07, 2019

    This map from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides an overview of each state’s Consensus model implementation status. These data expand on Dashboard Indicator 3: Removing Barriers to Practice and Care, used to measure the Campaign’s progress toward more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Tools & Tips: Dashboard Indicators, Location: National,


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