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 However, in many states outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to the full extent of their education and training.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.

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

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.
"One of the barriers to the Nurse Practitioner providing continuity of care involves NPs not being able to practice to the full extent to which we have been trained. Primary care MDs are in short supply in the county in which I live, and I have heard patients tell me that they have had to wait three months to see their Primary Care Provider."
- Jill Coots
"The requirement to have a collaborating physician is a threat to my small business every day. I want to continue to provide the best quality and best technology to my patients in my community. These restrictive regulations need to change for the health and access to care for people in Mississippi."
- KC Arnold

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

Latest News and Research

COVID-19 experience shows Florida CRNA the values of removing the barriers to practice

While working on the front lines of the pandemic in New York, a Florida Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) learned firsthand the life-saving impact of removing barriers on CRNA practice.


How red tape keeps nurse practitioners from working

As COVID-19 continues to rage, Nurse Practitioners are critical to expanding the capacity of our nation’s health care system.


The push to modernize nursing regulations during the pandemic

Although APRNs are ready to help during times of need, they’re still being held back. Now is the time to advocate to permanently remove APRN practice barriers, especially in Georgia—the most restrictive state for nursing.  


Guest view: Mississippi can make health care headlines – in a good way

With health care ranked 50th in the nation, Mississippi can alleviate its physician shortage and improve access to quality health care for thousands of Mississippians by removing unnecessary restrictions on APRNs. 


As nurse practitioners try to shake free of doctors, Kansas physicians resist

At a time when 1 million Kansans live in areas with primary care shortages, Kansas APRNs and physicians are in a turf war over assuring access to safe, quality care. 


Opinion: Letter urges Gov. DeSantis to waive supervision requirements for APRNs, CRNAs

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) unique skills and expertise in advanced airway and ventilation management allow them to step forward to treat COVID patients in a way few others can.


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