COVID-19 drives increases in practice authority for APRNs, reports annual legislative update in the nurse practitioner

As emergency changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were made permanent, the past year saw significant progress toward increased independent practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) …. “Relaxation of existing regulations in supervision, collaboration, license renewal, and portability due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic improved practice authority for APRNs in reduced- and restricted-practice states,” writes Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, [clinical professor of nursing], of the University of California, Irvine, in her introduction to the annual report on legislative developments in APRN practice.