By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC
With legislative sessions currently taking place in many states around the U.S., bills related to nurse practitioners and their nursing scope of practice have been in the news.
In January, the Veterans Administration granted full practice autonomy to certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified clinical nurse specialists, but held back when it came to certified nurse anesthetists. This historic move by the VA is certainly providing fire power to NPs and their advocates around the country.
Not only does such legislation save money for nurse practitioners who no longer need to pay fees for physician supervision; states also save money by decreasing regulations that require ongoing tracking and enforcement.
Many nurse practitioners must pay significant consulting fees in order to receive mandated supervision from physicians; increased autonomy and prescriptive authority for NPs means more money in their pockets and the resulting ability to expand their practices and treat more patients.