Nurse Practitioner. 29(3):28-35, March 2004.
For decades, nurse practitioners (NPs) have faced a myriad of difficulties as they attempted to provide comprehensive patient care, including pharmacological therapies. NPs have also struggled to remove constraints on their ability to practice to the full extent of their potential. Intensive legislative and regulatory work has been necessary to advance autonomous NP practice. Safriet's 1992 seminal analysis of constraints on the scope of NP practice, prescriptive authority, and eligibility for reimbursement continues to provide important guidance for removing barriers to practice.