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State Advocacy

Championing Modernized Laws and Improved Health Policies for Nurse Practitioners in Every State

American Association of Nurse Practitioners - State Advocacy

With a blend of clinical expertise and a whole-patient approach, nurse practitioners (NPs) have the potential to transform and enhance access to quality health care. Together, with your support, we can actively identify NP-related legislation across the country, support state-level NP policy initiatives and develop policy resources that cultivate strong NP leaders and sound health policy.

View AANP's State Policy Priorities

State Practice Environment

What is the status of NP practice in your state? View the AANP State Practice Environment map for a guide to licensure, regulatory requirements and practice details for all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories. Plus, download the State Policy Fact Sheets for quick reference on items such as continuing education and signature recognition.

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State Policy Tracker

How do you keep up with policy changes in your state? As an AANP member, you have exclusive access to the State Policy Tracker, helping you discover which states are modernizing licensure, improving access to care and addressing patient care needs.

Visit the State Policy Tracker

State Policy Maps

Conduct a deeper dive into the policies affecting your state with State Policy Maps, which include items such as prescriptive authority for controlled substances, signature authorization and primary care provider recognition.

View State Policy Maps

State Practice Information

You need to know all the details about NP practice in your state — from signature authority to the number of continuing education hours required for licensure and beyond. With your AANP membership, you can access quick reference guides on your state to inform yourself and your patients.

See Practice Information by State

See State Policy Fact Sheets

"AANP takes on a leadership role in advancing the role of the nurse practitioner both at the federal level as well as at the state level."

—Thomas Mackey, PhD, NP-C, FAAN, FAANP

Member since 2001