Lifting restrictions on APRNs can help avert a health care crisis in America.

The cracks in America’s health care system are becoming more and more apparent. A growing shortage of medical providers. Increasing waits for appointments. A global pandemic that stretched health care workers beyond capacity. Although the entire country is feeling the weight of this, access to care in our rural and underserved communities is especially strained. 

Fortunately, there’s a solution to help fill the gaps in our health care system: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). However, in many states outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to the full extent of their education and training. They urgently need your support.

 

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Currently APRNs are working on legislative initiatives in several states. Take action in these states now.

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"The restriction on APRNs in this country needs to be lifted so patients can finally have access to quality care in a timely manner without holding NPs back from doing what we're qualified to do! "
- A. S.
"In 1976, I graduated from a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. Now, 46 years later, APRNs, still not being fully utilized by the medical community, must be recognized for their excellence. Come on, patients and society, support your APRNs!"
- Mary Karrick
"As an NP, I can't practice in Indiana without paying a doctor lots of money to review 5% of my charts so I can legally continue to see my patients. Patients that this doctor NEVER sees! I've actually never even met my physician collaborator. "
- Anonymous

What is an APRN?

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

A vital part of the health care system, APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher and have hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience. APRNs can provide care in all types of practice settings including health care facilities, outpatient clinics, specialty practices, employee health programs, and in rural and urban areas with limited access to care. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that APRNs provide safe, high-quality care with equivalent outcomes to their physician counterparts.

How are APRNs being held back?

To date, APRNs have full practice authority in nearly half of the states and jurisdictions in the U.S., meaning that they can provide care to the full extent of their education—from diagnosing and treating patients to delivering babies, expertly managing life-saving respiratory devices and more. In the rest of the country, APRNs are required by law to be in a contract with a physician to perform these very same tasks, which creates unnecessary barriers to care for patients in those states.

Four Roles, Four Ways to Care for You:

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists – administer anesthesia and monitor patients post-anesthesia

  • Certified Nurse Midwives – specialize in childbirth and women’s reproductive health

  • Certified Nurse Practitioners – diagnose and treat primary or acute health conditions

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists – work in specialty settings and provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing patient management

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