The consensus model for regulation of APRNs: Implications for nurse practitioners

Linda R. Rounds, Jolene J. Zych, Laura L. Mallary

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Purpose: To examine the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation as a proposed solution to simplify and unify regulation of advanced nursing practice with respect to licensure, certification, accreditation, and educational standards. Data sources: Policy statements and reports issued by national organizations of nursing professionals and discussion within the scholarly literature provided an overview of regulatory differences among the 50 U.S. states, their impacts on advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice, and discussion of the Consensus Model as a potential solution. Conclusions: Major organizations of nursing professionals have endorsed the Consensus Model, indicating the importance of this significant step toward standards and consistent quality in APRN education and practice. Diverse regulatory criteria, such as variable accreditation standards, disparate certification and licensing requirements, inconsistent population foci, and scopes of practice, represent barriers to optimized APRN function within today's complex healthcare system and, ultimately, reduced access to safe, quality care for patients. Implications for practice: The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation promises to unify APRN education, practice, and licensure, promoting greater mobility among nursing professionals. Elimination of inconsistencies in APRN licensure, education, certification, and accreditation requirements will promote greater value and mobility for the APRN within the healthcare system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • APRN Consensus Model
  • Education
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Policy
  • Professional organizations
  • Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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