In 150-250 words, give a synopsis of the current level of practice and practice climate for APRNs in California.
Incorporate what you have learned from the Buppert readings, and from investigating your state BRN website.
If yours is a full practice state, discuss how your state adopted full practice authority (FPA). If your state is restricted, describe the restrictions to practice and the current political climate surrounding FPA (for example, is there any pending legislation to move to FPA? Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are licensed independent practitioners who have completed advanced education and clinical training beyond their initial nursing education. APRNs include nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), certified nurse-midwives (CNMs), and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).
The practice climate for APRNs varies widely by state. Some states have adopted full practice authority (FPA) for APRNs, which means that APRNs are allowed to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications to patients without the supervision or delegation of a physician. Other states have more restricted practice laws, which may require APRNs to work under the supervision or collaboration of a physician or may place limits on their ability to diagnose, treat, or prescribe medications.
In states with FPA, APRNs are able to practice to the full extent of their education and training and have the autonomy to provide care to patients. These states recognize that APRNs are highly educated and trained healthcare professionals who are able to provide a wide range of healthcare services. States with FPA generally have better access to healthcare and better health outcomes for their residents.
In states with restricted practice laws, APRNs may face barriers to practicing to the full extent of their education and training. These restrictions can limit the ability of APRNs to provide timely and convenient access to care for their patients, particularly in underserved or rural areas. Some states with restricted practice laws have pending legislation to move to FPA, and there is often a political climate surrounding the issue of FPA in these states. APRN organizations and other advocacy groups may be working to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of FPA and the important role that APRNs play in the healthcare system.
Are there any eased regulations or expedited licensure due to Covid-19?).
Discuss major barriers to FPA in CA.
Finally, discuss how you plan to be involved in your state’s governance and/or advocacy for APRNs. Include at least two references from an official state or government website or from the BRN for your state.
Length: A minimum of 250 words, not including references
Citations: At least two high-level scholarly references in APA from within the last 5 years