Nurse Practitioners Policy Resources

Nurse practitioners are one solution for addressing physician shortages. Their authority to treat patients is regulated through state scope of practice acts, state medical and nursing board regulations, professional licensing, and other laws. These laws vary greatly among states.

Learn more about evidence related to nurse practitioner policies from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s (DHDSP) Applied Research and Translation (ART) team.

State Law Analyses and Resources

State Law Fact Sheets describe the scientific evidence in support of legal interventions and describe the extent to which states have enacted such laws. Case studies determine how a policy intervention was implemented, identify barriers and facilitators to implementation, and compare implementation results across jurisdictions.