Week 1: Discussion Question – APRN Practice in Your State

Week 1: Discussion Question – APRN Practice in Your State

Week 1: Discussion Question – APRN Practice in Your State 150 150 Peter

Week 1: Discussion Question – APRN Practice in Your State (New Mexico)

Discussion Prompt
In 250 275 words, give a synopsis of the current level of practice and practice climate for APRNs in your state of licensure. Incorporate what you have learned from the Buppert readings (see attached file), and from investigating your state BRN website. If yours is a full practice state, discuss how your state adopted full practice authority (FPA). If your state is restricted, describe the restrictions to practice and the current political climate surrounding FPA (for example, is there any pending legislation to move to FPA? Are there any eased regulations or expedited licensure due to Covid-19?). Discuss major barriers to FPA in your state. Finally, discuss how you plan to be involved in your state’s governance and/or advocacy for APRNs. Include at least two references from an official state or government website or from the BRN for your state. State of New Mexico is a full practice state. Please write about New Mexico

  • Length: A minimum of 250-275 words, not including references
  • Citations: At least two high-level scholarly references in APA from within the last 5 years (2018 or later)

Sample Paper

APRN Practice in State of New Mexico

APRNs have already met advanced educational and clinical practice needs and often provide services in community-based settings. In New Mexico, APRNs are under New Mexico Board of Nursing (BON) regulations (Jefferson, Bouchard & Summers., 2021). BON is accountable for embracing and revising the rules and regulations to complete provisions of the Nursing Practice Act maintaining high practice standards.

One thing I have learned from Buppert readings is that APRNs are educated in 1 of 4 roles and at least in 1 of the population foci, including family or individual across the lifecycle, neonatal, pediatrics, adult-gerontology, women’s health or gender-based, or psych or mental health (Buppert., 2020).

My state adopted full practice when its nurse students began holding bachelor’s degrees in nursing, NPs began provided with licenses, graduated from nationwide credited graduate NP program, began meeting national standards for the advanced didactic and the clinical education, and passed the National Nurse Practitioner board certification exam. That’s why as a result, APRNs currently care, diagnose, and develop plans of treatment for patients and the communities.

One key barrier to FPA in my state is payer’s policy. Several APRNs report that the payer policies affect their capacity to practice to the full extent of the licensure and training. Another key issue is physician-related problems. Several physician professional organizations, counting American Medical Association, believe that since physicians have a longer and more rigorous training than the APRNs, these APRNs cannot provide quality, safe care at a similar level as physicians. I plan to get involved in my states advocacy for APRNs through acquiring membership on main practice boards, contributing to the activities influencing decision-making, contributing in staff forums, mentoring new nurses, and cooperating with the nursing leaders concerning decisions that openly impact the practice environment (University of South California., 2020).



Buppert, C. (2020). Nurse practitioner’s business practice and legal guide. Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Jefferson, K., Bouchard, M. E., & Summers, L. (2021). The Regulation of Professional Midwifery in the United States. Journal of Nursing Regulation11(4), 26-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2155-8256(20)30174-5

University of South California. (2020, September 2). Five ways nurse practitioners can serve as advocates. USC-MSN. https://nursing.usc.edu/blog/5-ways-nurse-practitioners-can-serve-as-advocates/#: