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Barriers to NP Practice that Impact Healthcare Redesign

Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stan WHittaker
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Debra Hain, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC
Laureen M. Fleck, PhD, FNP-BC, CDE, FAANP


As healthcare reform evolves, nurse practitioners (NP) will play key roles in improving health outcomes of diverse populations. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change Advancing Health, nurses should be change advocates by caring for populations within complex healthcare systems. The IOM reports asserts, “advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) should be able to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training” (IOM, 2011, s8). However, existing barriers in the healthcare arena limit APRN practice. This article will discuss some of these barriers and provide suggestions for possible ways to decrease the barriers.

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