Let your voice be heard in support of APRNs

Everyone deserves access to quality health care.

However, the growing shortage of medical providers is making it increasingly difficult to access health care, especially for seniors and people in rural and under-served 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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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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APRN Status Nationwide

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 from Across the Country

"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
"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

What is an APRN?

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the health care 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

Advanced practice nurses press legislature for autonomy from MD supervision

Lawmakers in North Carolina introduced legislation to remove restrictions on APRNs. APRNs are safe and quality health care providers and are more likely than physicians to practice in rural areas.


Letting advanced nurses do more could bridge rural-urban health gap, advocates say

In North Carolina APRNs are tethered to supervising physicians without meaningful oversight. Removing statutory barriers to APRNs will increase access to care and may help close the rural-urban health care gap in the state.


Advanced-Practice Providers Are Key To America’s Health Care Future

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners hold vital roles in a variety of health care settings. While Congress debates how to move forward with the Affordable Care Act, it’s crucial for their practice authority to be at the forefront of the conversation.


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