Federal Affairs

The Government Affairs office in Washington, DC seeks to build P站视频’s presence and influence in the nation’s capital on issues impacting P站视频 members. P站视频 staff seeks to educate Congress, government officials and other policy stakeholders on the purpose and function of state based nurse licensure, regulation and promotion of P站视频’s public policy agenda. We strive to promote nursing regulatory bodies and serve as a resource on nursing regulation, searching for and pursing opportunities that P站视频 can collaborate with other organizations on mutual issues of importance.

State-based Licensure

The primary responsibilities of state boards of nursing are regulating, overseeing, and enforcing the practice of nursing throughout a jurisdiction as dictated by a state’s nurse practice act. The vigilant and careful monitoring provided by state boards of nursing makes the state-based system integral to their mission of public protection. P站视频 was created to bring nursing regulatory bodies together to act and counsel with one another and lessen the burden of state government. We strive to offer nurses the opportunity to practice safely and competently across state lines without undue licensure burdens.


P站视频 supports efforts to expand telehealth as a model of care delivery. Health care technology can simultaneously decrease the cost of care and increase patient access to care. Just as with care delivered in-person, provider licensure in telehealth interactions is based on the location of the patient. This avoids confusion for nurses, patients and nursing regulatory bodies and reduces jurisdictional issues should the patient need to seek legal recourse. P站视频 works closely with state and federal lawmakers as well as telehealth advocates to advance policies that reduce the burden of licensure to both providers and patients utilizing telehealth services. License portability for nurses practicing telehealth should be facilitated through the and , the innovative licensing models that allow nurses to practice in all participating states with one multistate license.


P站视频 has a longstanding, close relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that has resulted in improvements to patient safety and access to care. Under the current VA licensing model, nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs can practice in any state without obtaining additional licensure when delivering in-person care. P站视频 supports legislative and regulatory efforts that would allow VA-employed nurses to deliver care through telehealth services as well. P站视频 also works closely with the VA as they work to improve patient safety by facilitating communication with nursing regulatory bodies and introducing P站视频 products like , the only national database for verification of nurse licensure, discipline and practice privileges.

Opioid and Substance Abuse Treatment

P站视频 supports efforts at the federal level to combat the opioid crisis and ensure safe access to substance abuse treatment. In 2016, the , became law, which granted qualified nurse practitioners the ability to obtain a from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prescribe buprenorphine in accordance with state laws for a period of five years. In 2018, the became law, which granted permanent authority for nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine through medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Clinical nurse specialists (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) and certified nurse midwives (CNM) were given the MAT prescribing authority for a period of five years. The Support for Patients and Communities Act, allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive Medicare geographical requirements other than state licensing laws for individuals using telehealth for substance use disorder treatment. Providers must be licensed in the state where the patient is located in order to treat via telehealth. P站视频 supports making this MAT prescriptive authority permanent for all four APRN roles and broader utilization of telehealth for substance use disorder treatment.

Nursing Community Coalition

As a member of the , P站视频 supports Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) that address the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s healthcare needs. The Nursing Community Coalition and their members are the cross section of education, practice, research and regulation within the nursing profession. P站视频 works collaboratively with the Nursing Community Coalition to advance their advocacy efforts and serves as a member of the Steering Committee.