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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Connecticut

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

If you have been lucky enough to lay out under the summer sun amid Connecticut's glamorous beaches, then you know the five or so hour drive to the water was well worth it.  This state, albeit one of the smallest in the country, is looked upon fondly and is home to many firsts.  The first U.S. newspaper, the color TV and the cheeseburger all originated in Connecticut, but does this innovative spirit extend to the scope of practice laws governing NP's?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Maryland

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

Summer seems like the perfect time to feature costal state Maryland's nurse practitioner scope of practice.  Famous for amazing seafood, specifically culinary delicacy crab cakes, and home to former baseball great Babe Ruth, Maryland oozes classic summertime fun.  In keeping with this lighthearted tone, Maryland boasts lenient rules and regulations towards NP practice.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Virginia

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

Virginia, "birthplace of our nation", homeland to eight of the country's presidents and the site of over half of Civil War battles is on the forefront of history.  However, this spirit of nationalism and freedom changes when it comes to regulations governing nurse practitioner scope of practice.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Tennessee

This morning, I'm excited to feature the scope of practice for NP's in my beloved state of residence, Tennessee.  Not only does this great state feature a Dolly Parton-based theme park, the home of Elvis Presley and boast a spirit of volunteerism, Tennessee has pretty favorable laws toward NP's.  Recent rankings show Tennessee is overall the 3rd freest state in our nation.  Fortunately, this attitude of freedom and independence extends to state laws governing nurse practitioners.  

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Illinois

Known as the "Land of Lincoln", home to the first McDonald's, the Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls and trendy shopping street Michigan AVE, Illinois has a lot to offer.  Except for favorable nurse practitioner scope of practice laws that is.  Illinois falls at the lower end of the spectrum of legislation surrounding nurse practitioners.  What regulations govern NP's in the Prairie State?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: New York

Whenever I think of New York, the Jay-Z song 'Empire State of Mind' immediately starts playing on repeat in my head... "New Yooork, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothin' you can't do, now you're in New York".  Contrary to Jay-Z's lyrical declaration, there are actually a few things NP's can't do in New York.  Let's take a look at the scope of practice governing nurse practitioners in the Empire State.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Texas

Ahh, the Lone Star State, famous for it's spirit of pride and freedom, the Alamo and the invention of Dr Pepper.  Among the lesser known facts about Texas is that it is home to nearly 10,000 nurse practitioners.  Does Texas' independent attitude extend to state laws governing NP's?

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: California

Californians have the luxury of sunny weather, year-round glowing tans and probable movie star sightings.  In keeping with their good fortune, let's kick off this state-by-state scope of practice series by reviewing rules and regulations governing the more than 17,000 NP's practicing in the The Golden State. 

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New! Nurse Practitioner State Law Series

Have you ever attempted to find the laws governing nurse practitioners in your state?  I have-and it's a disaster!  Sure, I can locate them on the state board of nursing website.  I am not, however proficient in legal speak so reading straight from my state's rule book leaves me even more puzzled than before my legal search began.  

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How Likely are Nurse Practitioners to Get Sued?

NP's, PA's and MD's alike worry about medical malpractice lawsuits.  Despite hard work and good intentions, medical providers make mistakes.  Protocols and technology promise to make patients safer and reduce error but no system is foolproof.  Just how likely are you as a nurse practitioner to face a medical malpractice lawsuit?  How can you reduce your risk?

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New Additions to HIPAA Law- What NP's Need to Know

As if HIPAA law isn't already long enough, legislators have added 563 pages of new regulations to legal guidelines protecting patient privacy and information.  What do you need to know about the additions to HIPAA law as a nurse practitioner?

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State Law Restricting Prescription Painkillers: What Do NP's Think?

I have come to dread the fight that ensues upon discharging drug seeking patients.  I prescribe Ibuprofen for a sprained ankle.  The patient becomes furious, threatens to call Channel 5 News or Bart Durham, a local attorney with sketchy TV ads- you know the type.  Depending on the situation I either hold my ground or acquiesce to the pill-popper's demands.  Call me immoral but sometimes you just can't fight anymore.  Then, at the end of the day I slink out to my car ready to attack the attacker who has surely slashed my tires in this drug-seeking dispute.  I mentally note to intensify my Jillian Michael's DVD workouts to better prepare for these types of situations.  They don't teach you this in school.

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