NCMS Joins Challenge of Nursing Council on Scope of Practice

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has joined the AMA and other state and specialty medical societies calling on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to revise parts of its Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Compact. The Compact creates a multistate license for all four types of APRNs, which would supersede state laws requiring APRNs to practice under physician supervision, collaboration or oversight, and potentially grants prescriptive authority to APRNs in states where they who do not currently enjoy that privilege such as North Carolina. Read the Compact.

NCSBN approved the Compact in May 2015, and says it will be implemented when 10 states have enacted corresponding legislation. In the letter to NCSBN President Katherine Thomas the AMA, the NCMS and other societies “strongly object[s] to the use of interstate licensure compacts as a mechanism through which to expand scope of practice laws, and call on NCSBN to reconsider inclusion of the relevant sections.”

Many of the medical societies would “consider support of or neutrality on APRN Compact legislation” if NCSBN revises the compact to focus on facilitating license portability for APRNs, the letter adds.

It urges NCSBN to consider this at their annual meeting, which is scheduled for August.

Read the letter.


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