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Cost benefits of giving full practice authority to advanced practice RNs (APRNs). Removing unnecessary restrictions on the scope of practice of all types of APRNs in North Carolina would save the state's health system $477 million and create 3,848 new jobs, according to a report commissioned by the North Carolina Nurses Association. It would also reduce the shortages of practitioners in obstetrics and gynecology by 83%, primary care practitioners by 92%, and providers in anesthesiology by 85%. Lifting restrictions on APRNs would add $244 million to the state's payroll and $20.7 million to local and state tax revenues. It would also allow 1,744 more APRNs to practice in the state, and on average, each full-time APRN hires at least two other workers and generates $11,800 to $22,000 in taxes yearly. These estimates are conservative, say the authors. The full report is available at http://bit.ly/1OyBXi2.