State Public Policy Resources

APRN Consensus Model

NACNS was an active participant in developing the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (APRN Consensus Model)  in 2008 to improve patient access to clinical nurse specialists and to enable CNSs to practice to the full extent of their education and licensure.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

NCSBN is a nonprofit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. NCSBN is the vehicle through which boards of nursing act and counsel together to provide regulatory excellence for public health, safety, and welfare. NCSBN provides expertise around nursing regulatory issues. Its Campaign for Consensus assists states in aligning their APRN regulation with the major elements of The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

National Conference of State Legislatures 

Health costs account for one-third of state budgets. State legislatures make thousands of health policy decisions each year, from licensing health professionals and facilities to supporting or rejecting initiatives to keep people healthy. NCSL’s Website provides health reports and updates listed by 50+ topics.

National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Health Division

Covers issues in health care service delivery and reform, health workforce planning, quality improvement, public health and behavioral health integration within the medical delivery system, Medicaid cost containment, maternal and child health, and prescription drug abuse prevention.

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Serves as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern (e.g., health care, education) to all segments of the Hispanic community.

National Black Caucus of State Legislators

National network and clearinghouse for discussion, dissemination, and exchange of ideas including health care, education, and workforce policies.

State Health Agencies

Links to each state’s department of health and related agencies.