New York Nurse Practitioners Granted Independent Practice Authority

On April 9, 2022, New York Governor, Kathy Hochul (D), granted New York licensed Nurse practitioners (NPs) the ability to practice independently when she signed the State budget into law. NPs that have greater than 36,000 hours of  experience may now practice fully without a formal relationship and agreement with a medical doctor.

According to the American Association of Nurse practitioners, NPs that meet this criteria for experience can now “evaluate patients; diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests; initiate and manage treatments; and prescribe medications.” New York is the 25th state to be granted the authority that enables NPs to practice independently, which allows for greater and more expeditious patient access to care, especially in rural localities where physicians are scarce.

Read the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) News Release here

Read the full MedPage Today article here

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