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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Alabama

With the fourth highest rate of obesity in our nation and over 25 percent of its residents smokers, you would think Alabama needs nurse practitioners more than ever to help combat chronic disease.  However, notorious for laws limiting the NP scope of practice, Alabama is missing out on the advantages nurse practitioners have to offer.  How do laws in Alabama regulate NPs?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Florida

Who wouldn't want to live in the Sunshine State?  Complete with palm trees, beaches and a relatively low cost of living, Florida has a lot to offer residents.  But, nurse practitioners practicing in Florida face a different reality.  Despite Florida's sunny disposition, unfavorable laws towards nurse practitioner practice have NPs flocking inland. 

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Missouri

The State of Missouri is a hotbed when it comes to nurse practitioner rights.   Since the devastating tornados in Joplin, Missouri in 2011, nursing organizations have been fighting to increase nurse practitioner scope of practice.  Their argument?  NPs would have provided valuable assistance to tornado victims had their legal rights been more permissive.  Despite their cries, legislators in Missouri have been hesitant to expand the role of nurse practitioners making Missouri one of the most restrictive states for NP practice. 

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Washington State

I'm headed home to the great State of Washington this week for a visit with the fam.  So, covering Washington State's NP scope of practice seemed like a natural fit for this post.  Washingtonians are a quirky group of outdoorsy, coffee-loving, rain tolerant folks.  They take pride in everything related to the northwest and it's spirit of exploration, innovation and adventure.  But do laws regulating nurse practitioners in Washington State reflect these values?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Massachusetts

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

Home to the heralded Boston Celtics and Red Sox, Massachusetts is well known for its ample history and its reputation as a breeding ground for famous authors, actors and athletes.  Some notable figures include former president John F. Kennedy and inventor Ben Franklin.  Controversial novelists such as Edgar Allan Poe and women's freedom advocate Susan B. Anthony started their legacies here.  But, do the laws regulating nurse practitioners in Massachusetts give them the potential for greatness as well?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Connecticut

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

If you have been lucky enough to lay out under the summer sun amid Connecticut's glamorous beaches, then you know the five or so hour drive to the water was well worth it.  This state, albeit one of the smallest in the country, is looked upon fondly and is home to many firsts.  The first U.S. newspaper, the color TV and the cheeseburger all originated in Connecticut, but does this innovative spirit extend to the scope of practice laws governing NP's?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Maryland

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

Summer seems like the perfect time to feature costal state Maryland's nurse practitioner scope of practice.  Famous for amazing seafood, specifically culinary delicacy crab cakes, and home to former baseball great Babe Ruth, Maryland oozes classic summertime fun.  In keeping with this lighthearted tone, Maryland boasts lenient rules and regulations towards NP practice.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Virginia

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

Virginia, "birthplace of our nation", homeland to eight of the country's presidents and the site of over half of Civil War battles is on the forefront of history.  However, this spirit of nationalism and freedom changes when it comes to regulations governing nurse practitioner scope of practice.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Tennessee

This morning, I'm excited to feature the scope of practice for NP's in my beloved state of residence, Tennessee.  Not only does this great state feature a Dolly Parton-based theme park, the home of Elvis Presley and boast a spirit of volunteerism, Tennessee has pretty favorable laws toward NP's.  Recent rankings show Tennessee is overall the 3rd freest state in our nation.  Fortunately, this attitude of freedom and independence extends to state laws governing nurse practitioners.  

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Illinois

Known as the "Land of Lincoln", home to the first McDonald's, the Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls and trendy shopping street Michigan AVE, Illinois has a lot to offer.  Except for favorable nurse practitioner scope of practice laws that is.  Illinois falls at the lower end of the spectrum of legislation surrounding nurse practitioners.  What regulations govern NP's in the Prairie State?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: New York

Whenever I think of New York, the Jay-Z song 'Empire State of Mind' immediately starts playing on repeat in my head... "New Yooork, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothin' you can't do, now you're in New York".  Contrary to Jay-Z's lyrical declaration, there are actually a few things NP's can't do in New York.  Let's take a look at the scope of practice governing nurse practitioners in the Empire State.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Texas

Ahh, the Lone Star State, famous for it's spirit of pride and freedom, the Alamo and the invention of Dr Pepper.  Among the lesser known facts about Texas is that it is home to nearly 10,000 nurse practitioners.  Does Texas' independent attitude extend to state laws governing NP's?

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