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 But in some states, outdated laws are holding APRNs back, not allowing them to practice to their full potential.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 worked in the state of Ohio leading a diabetes and pregnancy program as an APRN, board certified CNS improving maternal fetal outcomes for 10 years. I had prescriptive authority, a DEA number, and billed for services. I am now working in North Carolina and unable to access any of the above."
- Nancy Lintner
"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 no longer fear for the viability of my practice and my clinic now that my license is not dependent on the licensure of a physician."
- Susan Rooks, Certified Nurse Midwife

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

Advanced Practice Nurses Play an Essential Role

Few professionals enjoy the trust and respect that nurses do. They've earned every bit of it and deserve even more. Why is it, then, that so many of the most educated, thoroughly trained and well-credentialed nurses aren't allowed to use all their skills and talents to take care of patients who want and need their help?


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.


Read more of the latest news and research.

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