Healthcare Policy Assigment

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are a vital part of the health system of the United States. They are registered nurses educated at Masters, post Masters or doctoral level and in a specific role patient and population. APRNs are prepared by education and certification to assess, diagnose, and manage patient problems, order tests, and prescribe medications.

With over 267,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the U.S, APRNs represent a powerful force in the health care system. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing describes the Consensus Model as providing guidance for states to adopt uniformity in the regulation of APRN roles. The target date for completion was set for 2015. Today, many states have adopted portions of the Consensus Model elements but variation exists from state to state.

See the following links:

National Council State Board of Nursing (Links to an external site.)

Links to an external site.Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, & Education  (Links to an external site.)

Campaign for Action (Links to an external site.)


  1. Review your Consensus Model for your state. (Ohio)
  2. Describe two items your state has adopted in the scope and standards of the Consensus Model.
  3. Identify an area in your state’s nurse practice act that appears incongruent with the Consensus Model.
  4. Describe if your state has a plan of action related to the Consensus Model.

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