Nurse practitioners across the United States have varying levels of autonomy in their role due to state requirements. Here we examine the three distinct categories of scope of practice determined by each state.
The United States spends more money on hospitalization for pregnancy and childbirth than every other country in the world. Yet, the rate at which mothers are dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth in the United States continues to rise.
Stepping outside clinical walls can broaden the horizons of providers who are interested in extending compassion across the globe. How can clinicians who admirably pursue medical mission work feel empowered to provide care in extenuating circumstances?
For the 58 million Americans residing in underserved parts of the country, available clinicians are largely Family Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse-Midwives. These Advanced Practice Registered Nurses have a graduate or doctoral education and are licensed to diagnose and treat patients as well as prescribe medication.