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Scope of Practice (SOP)

The legal scope of practice for a health profession is typically defined in state-specific scope of practice acts. These acts describe the services that professionals can provide and under what conditions they can be provided. Scope of practice acts also define the requirements for education and training, certification and licensure, and supervision.

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Authors: Patricia Pittman | Julia Strasser | Meg Ziemann | Noah Westfall | Rachel Banawa | Nicholas Chong

Topics: COVID-19, Data Visualization, Policy, Scope of Practice (SOP)

April 9, 2021
This interactive map tracks state-level emergency policies that expand the ability of specific groups to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
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State Responses to Address Workforce Needs in the Initial Wave of the Pandemic

Authors: David Armstrong | Dustin Moore | Jean Moore | Margaret Ziemann | Julia Strasser | Noah Westfall | Madeline Krips

Topics: COVID-19, Education and Training, Scope of Practice (SOP), Telehealth

March 11, 2021
This research brief summarizes findings on how states prepared for and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Themes include regulatory flexibility, surge capacity for acute care services, and impacts on both ambulatory care services and the health professions educational pipeline.
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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Aubri Kottek | Miranda Werts | Margaret Langelier

Topics: Data Visualization, Oral Health, Scope of Practice (SOP)

February 9, 2021
This interactive infographic describes the status of dental therapy in the US and details the specific requirements in state laws and regulations that define dental therapy practice.
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Authors: Nancy Dudley | Jacqueline Miller | Susan Chapman | Mary Lou Breslin | Joanne Spetz

Topics: Education and Training, Health Workforce Journal Supplement, Nursing, Scope of Practice (SOP)

October 1, 2020
This article explores how home care workers and the agencies that employ them interact with their state’s nurse practice act in the provision of care.
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