Earlier this year Minnesota became the 19th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to offer patients full and direct access to nurse practitioner services. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), this will improve access to care and more effectively use nurse practitioners to meet growing health care needs.
According to a staff paper from the Federal Trade Commission, limiting the practice of APRNs can reduce competition.1 The paper urged state legislators to avoid imposing restrictions on APRNs’ scope of practice when unjustified.
In the following states, nurse practitioners can prescribe medications without physician or board of medicine involvement: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.
Karen Appold is a medical writer in Pennsylvania.