Delaware grants full practice authority for APRNs

Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a bill into law Aug. 4 granting full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses in the state. 

Delaware is now the 24th state that allows nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and other APRNs to practice without physician supervision. 

"Delaware is the second state this year to enact [full practice authority] legislation and enlist NPs as key partners in addressing unprecedented health needs and persistent disparities in healthcare access and outcomes," April Kapu, DNP, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, said in a news release.

Mr. Carney also signed a companion bill Aug. 4 to enact the APRN Compact. Delaware is the second state to join the compact, behind North Dakota. Once at least seven states join, the compact will take effect, allowing APRNs to practice in all participating states under one license.

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