Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians

Take the Survey: Nurse researchers study expanded autonomy for advanced practice nurses during pandemic

Posted 4 months ago by Elaine Crain

Nurse researchers from Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and the University of Tennessee invite APRNs to participate in a 10-15 minute national survey on the impact of COVID-19 on APRN practice, roles and patient care. Access the survey.

As the COVID-19 pandemic grew in the U.S., governors in 16 states, including Tennessee, waived select requirements for oversight of APRNs by physicians. Governors in five states suspended all practice requirements requiring physician oversight for APRNs. The goal was to increase health care access during the public health crisis. Licensing for APRNs – registered nurses with advanced master’s or doctor of nursing practice degrees in one of four specific roles: nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife or nurse anesthetist – varies from state to state. In 28 states, APRNs practice autonomously without needing physician supervision or oversight.