Access to primary care is a major issue in 13 of the 21 counties in New Jersey (NJ). Advanced practice nurses (APNs) in NJ are required to have a joint protocol in order to practice. Removal of this barrier to practice by legislators could reduce access-to-care issues in many counties where health factors and health outcomes are poor. State nursing workforce centers are charged with providing consumers reliable data regarding the nursing workforce and can serve as conveners to provide context to legislators and other constituency groups. Using NJ as an exemplar, the NJ Collaborating Center for Nursing used a variety of national and state-level data sources to provide the needed evidence to begin modernizing legislation for full practice authority for APNs. State nursing workforce centers could help make the case for changing legislation using data as a strategy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Issues, ethics and legal aspects
- Nursing (miscellaneous)
- advanced practice nurses
- practice authority