Lifting restrictions on all APRNs will alleviate the health care crisis in Florida. 

With health care resources stretched to the limit…and pushed beyond capacity during the pandemic, Florida has entrusted Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to help meet the increasing demand for health care. Although Florida lawmakers recently took an important first step in support of APRNs practicing in primary care and Certified Nurse Midwives, there’s more work to be done. We need your help to lift the restrictions on all APRNs so that Floridians can get the care they need. 

With health care ranked in the nation’s bottom 25%, it’s time for action. Please support APRNs by contacting Florida lawmakers now and urging them to vote YES on House Bill 111 and Senate Bill 424.

Florida Health Care Facts

  • Ranked 48th for health care access and affordability
  • Recognized as the 46th healthiest state
  • In the bottom 17% of states for hospital readmissions

 

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"I have fifteen years of nursing experience, plus my BSN. I am now working on my DNP/PhD, so I can become an APRN. I will most likely leave TN when I am done for a state where APRNs have full practice."
- A.R. Matthaei
"As a primary care nurse practitioner, education is crucial to getting patients to achieve positive health outcomes. One of the many strengths nurse practitioners have is their ability to see the patient's current health condition in a holistic manner. The right scripts and referrals can be written all day long, but if the patient is not properly educated, and their specific social needs are not considered, the whole plan may fail."
- Jill Coots
"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

Working together to meet Florida’s growing demand for health care.

Throughout Florida, APRNs play a critical role…from providing primary care services to delivering babies and expertly managing life-saving respiratory devices. Yet, even as half of the states have removed unnecessary restrictions on APRNs, Florida APRNs are required to enter into unnecessary contracts with physicians in order to work. During the pandemic, these barriers greatly hindered APRNs’ ability to provide the advanced care patients required.

Although Florida lawmakers have taken an important first step to lift unnecessary restrictions on APRNs who provide primary care services, APRNs who treat the most seriously ill Floridians still face barriers. And now, more than ever, Florida needs their invaluable services.  

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

A vital part of the health care system, APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher, and have hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience. APRNs can provide care in all types of practice settings including health care facilities, outpatient clinics, specialty practices, employee health programs, and in rural and urban areas with limited access to care. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that APRNs provide safe, high-quality care with equivalent outcomes to their physician counterparts.

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

How are APRNs being held back in Florida?

In nearly half of the U.S., all APRNs have full practice authority, meaning that they can provide care to the full extent of their education and training. Although Florida has approved full practice authority for some APRNs, others are still required by law to enter into unnecessary contracts with physicians in order to work. These outdated laws are holding APRNs back from addressing the growing health care needs of Floridians.

How can I help?

We need your voice to be heard in support of all APRNs. Please contact your legislator, upload a testimonial or share our messages and video on social media. The sooner you get involved, the sooner you can help make access to safe, quality health care a reality for everyone in Florida.


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