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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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