Jan 23, 2018

Nursing Academy Releases Statement on Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

In a new position statement, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) calls for full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), saying it is essential to achieving health equity.

The position statement saying APRNs should be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and experience, appears in the November–December 2017 issue of Nursing Outlook, and clearly outlines APRN roles and benefits of full practice authority. AAN amplifies the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine and Josiah Macy reports and calls for provider-neutral language (e.g., replace “physician” with “clinician” or “provider”) in all state and federal health care legislation and regulation.

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action also is heeding another part of the AAN’s statement: a call for nursing and consumer-based organizations to work together to develop consumer-oriented messages that inform the public about the competency of APRNs who provide health care services in all settings to improve the health of the public.

Read the statement.