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Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses, Report No. 07-04, Janurary 2007
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  • Florida, like other states, faces a longstanding nursing shortage and concerns have been raised that the Nurse Practice Act and its associated rules may create unnecessary barriers to addressing this problem.  The act and rules contain four provisions that potentially could limit the state’s ability to produce or attract more nurses: faculty credential requirements, clinical ratio requirements, limitations on the use of simulators in lieu of clinical experiences, and limitations on advanced nurse practitioner prescription authority.  However, only the limitation on nurse practitioner prescription authority was consistently cited by stakeholders as a genuine barrier to addressing the nursing shortage. 
  • The Florida Board of Nursing’s power to set standards for nursing programs is typical of that of other states; the nursing boards in 43 other states have the power to set standards for the nursing programs in their jurisdiction. In the remaining six states, the board of nursing has either restricted or no authority to set standards for nursing programs. 
  • Stakeholders do not have a consensus on whether the state would benefit from reorganizing the scope of practice section of Florida’s Nurse Practice Act.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Medical Quality Assurance

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 13-09 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in June 2013.
  • Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
  • Report No. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
  • Report No. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
  • Report No. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
  • Report No. 11-06 Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-14 Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 06-02 Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-09 Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need, published in February 2005.

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