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. Innovations Fund 2019 Application and RFP

    Jan 01, 2019

    The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of the AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will provide up to $25,000 each to select Action Coalitions for new or ongoing work that addresses nursing’s role in building a Culture of more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities, Collecting Workforce Data, Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration, Improving Access to Care, Increasing Diversity in Nursing, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Transforming Nursing Education, Tools & Tips: Funding opportunities,

  2. Utah Implements APRN Fellowship Program

    Dec 12, 2018

    Using research completed by a University of Utah, College of Nursing doctoral student, the Utah Action Coalition developed and implemented a fellowship program for advanced practice registered nurses. Four components were interwoven throughout the fellowship: more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Tools & Tips: Grantee projects, State Implementation Program (SIP), Location: Utah,


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