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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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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See What's Happening

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.


"I want to thank all of you that were involved in my care yesterday. Each of you is just as important as any fire fighter or law officer. I'm very grateful that each of you have chosen the job career you have."
- Anonymous
"Competent caregivers are desperately needed in every community and I know advanced practice nurses can fill the need. Why are these excellent practitioners still being blocked from delivering the full range of care they are prepared to give?"
- Beth Hixon
"I find it so backwards that NPs aren't allowed to practice independently in the family/primary care practice setting here in FL without paying an MD to be a physician of protocol (and most are no more than a name on paper)."
- Tracy T.

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 to the Rescue!

Nurses are considered the most trusted profession in the United States. Research shows that nurse practitioners could be the solution to the growing physician shortage across the country, but medical associations disagree. This episode of Freakonomics Radio explores the issues holding these APRNs back.

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.

Nurse Practitioners are the Future of Health Care

Since the 1960s, the number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. has increased significantly. Two nurse practitioners in Georgia share their stories about how their roles help meet the demand for primary care.

Read more of the latest news and research.


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