Lifting restrictions on APRNs will alleviate the health provider shortage in Kansas.
With health care resources stretched to the limit…and pushed beyond capacity during the pandemic, Kansas has entrusted Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to help meet the increasing demand for quality health care. Yet, outdated Kansas laws prevent APRNs from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. We need your help to permanently lift these restrictions so that Kansas APRNs can continue to provide vital care and expand access to care in rural and underserved communities.
With health care ranked in the nation’s bottom 20%, it’s time for action. Please urge Governor Kelly to sign Senate Substitute for House Bill 2279.
Kansas Health Care Facts
- 102 of 105 counties in Kansas have a primary care health provider shortage
- Ranked 42nd out of 50 for health care quality
- Ranked 24th in the nation for access to health care
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Throughout Kansas, 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, Kansas APRNs are not allowed to perform these duties without entering an unnecessary and costly collaborative agreement with a physician.
As the pandemic further overwhelmed the health care landscape in 2020, the Kansas state legislature and governor’s office both took action to temporarily lift unnecessary regulatory barriers for APRNs caring for COVID patients. This not only increased access to care for seriously ill patients, it also empowered health care facilities to recruit high-quality practitioners to our state to help alleviate the provider shortage. The time has come for state lawmakers to permanently remove these restrictions on APRNs. The health of the people of Kansas is at stake.
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 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. In Kansas, APRNs are required by law to enter into unnecessary contracts with physicians in order to perform these very same tasks, holding them back from addressing the growing health care needs in this state.
How can I help?
We need your voice to be heard in support of 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 Kansas.
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