Advanced practice RNs (APRNs) and other skilled providers are hampered by outdated regulations and laws that keep them from practicing to the fullest extent of their education and training.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The report noted that nurses’ ability to provide primary care is “hampered by the constraints of outdated policies, particularly those involving nurses’ scopes of practice.” The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, is a joint initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP to address this issue. This campaign has made major gains in its efforts in its first two years.
As new changes in the health care system take place, and 32 million Americans will gain insurance coverage in 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, maximizing the use of APRNs is happening at a time when the demand for skilled providers is increasing.