Legislative and Advocacy Activities

How to Use the Starter Kit for Impacting Change at the State Level

Guide to Meeting with Your Congressional and State Representatives

Guide to Developing Legislation for CNS Practice and the Legislative Process 

APRN Handbook for Legislators 

Guide to Participating in the Regulatory Process on CNS Practice Issues 

Media Advocacy Guide 


CNS State Practice Authority by State 

CNS Prescriptive Authority by State 

National Council of State Boards of Nursing
On this website, one can view maps of the United States to determine such facts as in which states:

  • Can CNSs prescribe independently?
  • Can CNSs practice independently?
  • Is national certification a requirement to practice in the advanced role?
  • Is a graduate degree or post-graduate certificate a requirement to practice in the advanced role?

Journal Articles*

Ashley RC. Anatomy of a lawsuit: part 1 (Discovery). Critical Care Nurse. 2002;22:68-69.

Ashley RC. Anatomy of a lawsuit: part 2 (Depositions). Critical Care Nurse. 2002;22:82-83.

Easterwood B, Chagnon L. Surviving a deposition. American Journal of Nursing. 1992;92(5):20,22,24.

Hartigan C. APRN regulation: the licensure-certification interface. AACN Advanced Critical Care. 2011;22(1):50-65

Hudspeth R. Changes for the valuable clinical nurse specialist. Nurse Administrator Quarterly. 2011;35(3):282-284.

Lyon BL. Advanced practice registered nurse compact: a call to action with a primer on the regulation of CNS practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 2003;17(4):185-187.

*Journal articles may have abstracts only.

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