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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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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Currently APRNs are working on legislative initiatives in several states. Take action in these states now.
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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.