The state of AL is considered a reduced practice state. This means that the state practice and licensure laws reduce the ability of NPs to engage in at least one element of NP practice. State law requires a career-long regulated collaborative agreement with another health provider in order for the NP to provide patient care, or it limits the setting of one or more elements of NP practice.
What would Full Practice Authority (FPA) provide the NPs of our state? State practice and licensure laws permit all NPs to evaluate patients; diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests; and initiate and manage treatments, including prescribing medications and controlled substances, under the exclusive licensure authority of the state board of nursing. This is the model recommended by the National Academy of Medicine, formerly called the Institute of Medicine, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
To begin discussion of FPA we need strength in numbers. A membership in NPAA is $100 dollars– a small amount of money to be able to practice fully in our role. Please consider