APRNs in Florida & Other States

Over 32,000 APRNs are licensed in Florida

There are 4 nationally recognized APRN roles, including:

- Certified Nurse Practitioners
- Certified Nurse Midwives
- Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

30 states and the District of Columbia have acted to remove restrictions on APRNs with legislation pending in multiple states to remove restrictions

APRNs are also able to practice without state-mandated restrictions in the Veterans Health Administration, Indian Health Services and the United States Military

The New Law

Increases Access to Care

  • Only 2% of Florida physicians practice in our 30 rural counties.
  • Removing state-mandated physician supervisory requirements would allow APRNs to supplement health care options for patients and provide specialty services for patients across the state.

Reduces Unnecessary Regulations

  • The White House report Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition calls on states to remove barriers to APRN practice to allow all health care providers to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Eliminating restrictions on APRNs will have a positive impact on Florida’s economy estimated at over $1 billion due to increased wages and new job creation.
  • The Federal Trade Commission advised that “scope of practice restrictions may eliminate APRNs as a source of safe, lower-cost competition, and may restrict competition unnecessarily to the detriment of heath care consumers.”

Decreases Health Care Costs

  • A 2018 study found that eliminating restrictions on APRNs will result in a cost savings to our health system of $50-$493 per Floridian.
  • Granting APRNs with full practice authority would reduce costs for the individual, state and insurance companies alike.

Maintains Safe and Quality Health Care

  • Multiple studies show that APRNs provide safe, quality care producing results that are comparable to physician-provided care.
  • No link exists between physician supervision requirements and increased quality of health care services.