What is the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice?

What is the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice?

Through state laws and regulations, some states limit how a Nurse Practitioner (NP) can interact and deliver care for patients. The limitations are what defines the scope of practice. We understand that keeping up with the changes can be challenging, so we created this page to give an overview of scope of practice information for Nurse Practitioners.

Our Locum Tenens division, Medestar, created a handy state-by-state guide to review the laws. This is especially useful for nurse practitioners who are looking to relocate for jobs and need to know the laws in their new state.

California Scope of Practice

The sunshine state is not so warm to the idea of Nurse Practitioners having full scope of practice. California has some of the most restrictive laws.

  • Restricted practice authority; must have policies in place that follow standards of the state Medical Board 
  • May prescribe drugs and devices provided it is authorized through the protocols in the collaborative agreement; Schedule II-III require physician involvement and care plan
  • NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers
  • Regulatory Structure: Restricted Practice
  • Regulatory Agency: Board of Registered Nursing
  • Licensure Requirements: RN license and a graduate degree.
  • Nurse Practice Act

Texas Scope of Practice

If your job search sends to you to the Lonestar state, your partnership with the physicians in your practice will be important. Texas like California has restricted practice authority.

  • Restricted practice authority; written protocol required with a physician
  • NP may prescribe as outlined in the written protocol
  • NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers
  • Regulatory Agency: Board of Nursing
  • Licensure Requirements: RN license, graduate degree, and national certification.
  • Nurse Practice Act

Want to learn about more states?

Visit Medestar’s Full NP Scope of Practice guide here.

How to Write the Perfect Resume: Top Resume Tips for Nurse Practitioners

How to Write the Perfect Resume: Top Resume Tips for Nurse Practitioners

Any hiring manager will admit that they scan a resume in thirty seconds and know if they will want to go forward with a candidate or not. Learning how to write the perfect resume for nurse practitioners can get you a leg up in the competition. Standing out on a sheet of black and white paper may be tough, but once you know what to highlight about yourself and your career can make a difference. As a staffing firm specializing in healthcare, many resumes come through our office. We notice what resumes have proper alignment, grammar, font and information about the candidate. We have provided you with tips on what to add to your resume and how to make yours stand out among the pile with how to write the perfect resume: top five resume tips for nurses practitioners.

Choose a good font and alignment

This may be a no brainer but many job seekers send in resumes with script or playful font styles. Keep the Comic Sans elsewhere and find a font that is easy to read and professional. We suggest Helvetica, Proxima Nova, Garamond, and if you want to play it safe, Times New Roman. Make sure you don’t have added lines, boxes or anything that may make the resume hard to read. If you are not sure where to begin with that blank sheet of paper, search nursing resume templates online and mimic their formatting.

Create a qualifications and goals summary

Start your resume with a brief overview of your qualifications and goals. Showing a clear thought will give the employer a better understanding of what you are looking for and what areas you will thrive in.

Highlight your accomplishments and licenses

Everyone who is applying for a specific job will usually have the same degree and even similar experience. We want to see what makes you different. This can be hard to do fresh out of training, so think outside the box. If you have received any exciting accomplishments, awards or acknowledgments add them on your resume! Other items to add that stand out are something you have created, an idea you implemented or anything you did in past experiences that made your training better. People want to see what you can bring to their business. Explain why you would be an asset to the hospital or practice. It is also a plus to add computer skills to your resume. Due to the industry transitioning technological it is an added skill if a candidate has medical-related software and computer knowledge.


Once you complete your resume put it away for a while and come back to it with a fresh perspective. A small mistake could decrease your chances of getting hired, so read through it thoroughly, use the proofreading tool and make sure there are no mistakes. Send your resume to someone you trust with good grammar skills that can catch any mistakes you might have missed.

If you’re looking for more advice, want to search around for jobs and learn more about the advanced practitioner industry, visit www.fidelismp.com

5 Tips for Dressing for a Summer Interview

5 Tips for Dressing for a Summer Interview


Picking out an outfit for a summer interview can be difficult. You want to look professional, but you don’t want to sweat out of your suit by the time you get to the office door. We understand your dilemma. We have you covered with 5 tips for dressing for a summer interview.

Tip# 1: Wear comfortable dress pants like khakis. You want to make sure that they are light enough to stay cool, but not thin enough to see through them.

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Tip# 2: Don’t wear shorts, yoga pants, or leggings. No matter how hot it may be. For women, a good alternative is a pencil skirt or dress.

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Tip# 3: Make sure your sleeveless blouse is at least one inch in width.

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Tip#4: Don’t wear spaghetti straps dresses or Hawaiian dress shirts.

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Tip#5: Wear closed-toe shoes. Heels are fine as long as they are not very high.

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Remember you don’t get a second chance at a first impression, so you want to make it count. Be yourself and show off your best assets. “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself” – Oscar de la Renta.

Maintaining Your Own Health as a Nurse Practitioner

Maintaining Your Own Health as a Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner, you probably spend most of the day caring for the health and well-being of other people. But what about your own health? Let’s take a look at some ways you can maintain your own health as a nurse practitioner so you can continue to have a fruitful and successful career.

Make Time to Eat

Running from room to room and ensuring patients are taken care of leaves little time for a normal breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule. Food should power your body through a strenuous day. If you are working a morning shift, eating a full breakfast can give you enough energy to get your shift off to a great start.

It’s also a good idea to keep some on-the-go snacks at your workstation in case something comes up that disrupts your lunch or dinner plans. Foods such as nuts, pretzels and granola bars are easy to eat and provide a punch of power.

Take Breaks

Being on your feet for most of the day can cause discomfort and long-term injury to your back and knees. As a nurse practitioner, you should be given time for a break, and it’s important you take it.

Use your break to rest your feet, stretch or readjust your body and have some mental time away from the stress of the job. Taking this short amount of time can refresh and rejuvenate, allowing you to return to your shift and knock out the rest of the day.

Work/Life Balance Matters

Nurses and nurse practitioners are notorious for taking the stress of work home. With an already stressful work environment, this can be a detriment to both mental and physical health.

In order to be healthy and fit for work, it’s important to find things that make you happy outside of the hospital or clinic. Find hobbies that allow you to clear your mind and relieve some of the stress.

During your off-hours, get plenty of sleep and try to fit in time for exercise. The more you focus on yourself outside of the office, the more mental space you’ll have to focus on the patients during your shift.

Nurse practitioners perform an exceptionally important job role in society. While addressing the health concerns of patients, it’s also necessary to review and improve your own health.