Twenty-five states and counting. New York State joins 24 other states, the District of Columbia, and 2 US territories, in granting full and direct access to nurse practitioner (NP)-delivered care.

“Today is a big win for all New Yorkers. The NPA has long advocated for full practice authority for experienced NPs; and the latest statutory change is a recognition that NPs are collaborative partners who are integral to New York’s health workforce,” said Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAAN, executive director of NPA. “We are grateful for Governor Hochul’s commitment to eliminating arbitrary barriers that will help ensure that New York can meet its current and future healthcare workforce demands.”

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) applauded Governor Kathy Hochul for signing the state budget into law.

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“New York has taken a critical step forward in our country, increasing access to vital health care services. New Yorkers will now have full and direct access to the comprehensive care NPs provide. These changes will help New York attract and retain nurse practitioners and provide New Yorkers better access to quality care,” said April N. Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP- BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN, president of AANP.

“As the 25th state with full practice authority, New York joins an expanding list of states acting to retire outdated laws that have needlessly constrained their health care workforce and limited patient access to care,” said Jon Fanning, MS, CAE, CNED, chief executive officer of AANP. “This is a no-cost, no-delay solution to strengthening health care for the nation. Decades of research show that states with full practice authority are better positioned to improve access to care, grow their workforce, and address health care disparities, while delivering quality health outcomes for patients. We look forward to more states following suit.”

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (NPA) also applauded Governor Hochul, Senate Majority Leader, Stewart Cousins, and the other legislators “for their commitment to eliminating administrative barriers for experienced nurse practitioners to serve New Yorkers in need of accessible care.”


1. American Association of Nurse Practitioners. State of New York grants full and direct access to nurse practitioners. April 11, 2022. Accessed April 12, 2022.

2. The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State. New York State grants experienced nurse practitioners full practice authority to increase patient access to care. April 11, 2022. Accessed April 12, 2022.