The Association of State Regulations and APRNs Practice in Rural/Underserved Areas

The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends removing scope of practice barriers so that advanced practice registered nurses are be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training. This project will determine the impact of state regulations and other barriers on advanced practice registered nurses’ practice, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The research team will examine the distribution and concentration of nurse practitioners and primary care physicians in medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas, and assess the association of restrictive practice laws and other barriers on nurse practitioner distribution and the likelihood of them practicing in MUAs and HPSAs. The team is led by Donna Felber Neff, PhD, APRN. 

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Scope of practice (R1)
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