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Download the free brochure, A Health Care Consumer's Guide to Advanced Practice Registered Nursing, which explains the importance of APRNs) in health care and how access to care could be increased if APRNs are allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training in all states.
APRN are advanced practice registered nurses who have advanced education, knowledge and skills to care for a specific population of patients, including adults, families, children and infants. There are four APRN roles: certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and certified nurse practitioner (CNP).
What is an APRN?
An APRN is a nurse:
- Who has completed an accredited graduate-level education program
- Who has passed a national certification examination
- Who has acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills preparing him/her to provide direct care to patients
- Whose practice builds on the competencies of registered nurses (RNs) by demonstrating a greater depth and breadth of knowledge
- Who is educationally prepared to assess, diagnose and manage a patient's health care, which includes the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions
- Who has clinical experience of sufficient depth and knowledge
Boards of Nursing and APRNs
Boards of nursing are responsible for issuing licenses to the more than 267,000 APRNs practicing in the U.S. While education and certification are necessary for all APRNs, there are currently various models of jurisdictional regulation. Each jurisdiction independently decides:
- The APRN legal scope of practice
- Recognized roles and titles of APRNs
- Criteria for entry into advanced practice
- Certification examinations accepted for entry-level competence assessment
APRN Consensus Model
As long as regulatory requirements differ from state to state, each state border represents an obstacle to portability—potentially preventing access to professionals and access to care. The newly developed Consensus Model for APRN Regulation has the potential to harness this power by outlining regulatory requirements in licensure, accreditation, certification and education that should be adopted by every state.
If all states adopt the regulatory requirements for APRNs as outlined in the APRN Consensus Model, the benefits will be far reaching for health care professionals, regulators and consumers. Learn how.
What's Happening in Your State
Several states have proposed legislation or rules change that, if enacted, will move them closer to compliance on major elements of the APRN Consensus Model. See what's happening in your state and learn which states have adopted or in the processing of adopting the APRN Consensus Model.