(Answered) NR-506NP Week 1 Discussion: Barriers to Practice + Responses


NR-506NP: Healthcare Policy & Leadership


Discuss barriers to practice as an APN in one’s state from both a state and national perspective. Research methods to influence policy change from various forms of competition, state legislative and executive branches of government and interest groups

  1. Identify and describe practice barriers for APNs in your state and discuss these barriers on a state and national level.
  2. Identify forms of competition on the state and national level that interfere with APN’s ability to practice independently.
  3. Identify the lawmakers at the state level (i.e., key members of the state’s legislative branch and executive branch of government)
  4. Discuss interest groups that exist at the state and national levels that influence APN policy.
  5. Discuss methods used to influence change in policy in forms of competition, state legislative and executive branches of government and interest groups.


Nurse practitioners have a unique role in the ever-changing, complex healthcare field. Throughout history, nurse practitioners have continued to advance in the role to fill the gap in access to primary care and illness prevention. In Iowa, nurse practitioners have full practice authority. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners defines fully practice authority as “the collection of state practice and licensure laws that allows for nurse practitioners to evaluate patients, diagnose, order, and interpret diagnostic tests, initiate and manage treatments-including prescribed medications-under the exclusive licensure authority of the state board of nursing” (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021). Although nurse practitioners have great autonomy in Iowa to practice, there are also barriers on the state and national level. ……please click the icon below to purchase the answer at $10