She is a strong advocate for the empowerment of nurses and strongly believes that nurses should play a crucial role in shaping modern health care. For more information about Melissa, visit her blog www.melissadecapua.com and follow her on Twitter @melissadecapua. The ability of nurses to work to the full extent of their education and training is an issue affecting NPs at the national level. As documented in recent interviews with Michigan nurses and researchers, the battle for Full Practice Authority (FFPA) is critical to meeting the growing demand for skilled providers (especially in rural areas) and keeping costs low through safe and effective health services. .