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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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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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 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.
"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.
"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 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 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.


The Solution May Not be More Doctors

Allowing nurse practitioners to work independently is met with resistance in America's physician-dominated system. But doing just that, along with standardizing scope of practice laws nationwide, could increase access to care in the midst of a physician shortage. 


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. 


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