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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws

Interactive Nurse Practitioner (NP) Scope of Practice Law Guide

Nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice laws vary from state to state. Barton Associates understands these laws may have an effect on the locum tenens nurse practitioners we place throughout the United States, and so we put together this handy interactive guide that offers a snapshot of each state’s scope of practice laws. For more information on specific state requirements, please review each state’s nurse practice act (NPA).

Last Updated: 10/11/2017

  • Full, Reduced, or Restricted Practice

    Full, Reduced, or Restricted Practice.

  • Medical Staff Membership

    Medical Staff Membership.

  • Autonomous Practice

    Nurse practitioners can independently diagnose and treat patients without physician involvement.

  • Primary Care Provider

    State statute and/or Administrative Code recognizes nurse practitioners as primary care providers.

  • Independently Prescribe Schedule II Drugs

    Nurse practitioners have authority to prescribe without physician or Board of Medicine involvement, after completing specific state requirements.

  • Order Physical Therapy

    Nurse practitioners can make referrals for physical therapy, or a referral is not required.

  • Sign Death Certificates

    Nurse practitioners can sign death certificates.

  • Sign Disabled Person Placard Forms

    Nurse Practitioners can sign Handicap placard forms.

  • POLST/POST/MOLST/MOST/COLST

    Nurse Practitioners can sign workers' compensation forms.

Color Key:
Full
  • Full, Reduced, or Restricted Practice

  • Medical Staff Membership

  • Autonomous Practice

  • Primary Care Provider

  • Independently Prescribe Schedule II Drugs

  • Order Physical Therapy

  • Sign Death Certificates

  • Sign Disabled Person Placard Forms

  • POLST/POST/MOLST/MOST/COLST

Reduced
  • Full, Reduced, or Restricted Practice

  • Medical Staff Membership

  • Autonomous Practice

  • Primary Care Provider

  • Independently Prescribe Schedule II Drugs

  • Order Physical Therapy

  • Sign Death Certificates

  • Sign Disabled Person Placard Forms

  • POLST/POST/MOLST/MOST/COLST

Restricted
  • No Law

  • Not Allowed

This chart is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

Source: AANP.org.

Last Updated: 10/03/2017

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