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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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

"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
"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.
"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 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

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. 


Are NPs the Solution to Indiana's Physician Shortage?

By 2020, Indiana is predicted to have 500 fewer primary care doctors than needed to treat its growing and aging population. More nurse practitioners are stepping up to meet the needs of Hoosier patients as Indiana grapples with this shortage.


Read more of the latest news and research.

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