Let your voice be heard in support of APRNs

Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare.

However, the growing shortage of medical providers is making it increasingly difficult to access healthcare, especially for seniors and people in rural and underserved communities.

Fortunately, APRNs have the advanced education and training to provide quality care to those who need it most. But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential. APRNs urgently need your support.

 

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Take Action Now: 2018 Nursing America Campaign States
No Action Needed: Supportive of APRNs

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

If you live in a different state, please support APRNs by submitting a testimonial below.

Testimonials

"My family has been seeing our local nurse practitioner for over 20 years and I trust the care she is providing us"
- Mary Moeller, patient in rural Iowa
"I worked in the state of Ohio leading a diabetes and pregnancy program as an APRN, board certified CNS improving maternal fetal outcomes for 10 years. I had prescriptive authority, a DEA number, and billed for services. I am now working in North Carolina and unable to access any of the above."
- Nancy Lintner
"I am proud to be able to provide high quality care to my patients using the full educational scope of my practice."
- Robin Arends, DNP, CNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

What is an APRN?

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the healthcare system in the United States. APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher, and hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

How are APRNs being held back?

To date, APRNs have full practice authority in 22 states, meaning that they can provide care to the full extent of their education—from independently diagnosing and treating patients to referring people to physical therapy, prescribing medication and more. In the rest of the country, they are required by law to be supervised by a physician to perform these very same tasks.

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

Latest News and Research

Nurses Striving to Make for a Better Mississippi

Nowadays in Mississippi it may be more common to visit a nurse than it is to visit a doctor, especially an APRN. APRNs are increasingly playing a larger role in Mississippi's healthcare, especially in rural areas that often lack a physician provider. However, APRNs continue to be challenged by restrictive collaborative requirements. 


Are NPs the Solution to Indiana's Physician Shortage?

By 2020, Indiana is predicted to have 500 fewer primary care doctors than needed to treat its growing and aging population. More nurse practitioners are stepping up to meet the needs of Hoosier patients as Indiana grapples with this shortage.


Midwives See Their Importance in Rural Health Care

Many mothers say that delivering with a nurse midwife is a natural, stress-free process. But in rural areas like Kansas, access to midwives is severely limited due to required physician oversight.


Read more of the latest news and research.

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