With health care ranked in the bottom 20% in the country, it's time to take action. 

The power to improve health care in Kansas is in your hands. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) provide vital care to patients who need it most, like seniors and children. Soon, state lawmakers will be voting on House Bill 2412 to modernize outdated state laws. Take action now to support APRNs.

Kansas Health Care Facts

  • 72% of counties in Kansas are small urban or rural counties
  • 101 of 105 counties in Kansas had a primary care health professional shortage in 2017
  • Ranked 42nd out of 50 for health care quality

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"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.
"As an NP, I can't practice in Indiana without paying a doctor lots of money to review 5% of my charts so I can legally continue to see my patients. Patients that this doctor NEVER sees! I've actually never even met my physician collaborator. "
- Anonymous
"As APRNs, we develop relationships that rise above the typical provider/patient scenario. We know when our women need physician involvement and we do not hesitate to involve them. In my opinion, this is similar to the way primary care doctors refer to specialists. We know our scope of practice and only desire to practice to the fullest extent of our license. We can safely be independent practitioners."
- Kimberly Sniffen

Together we can advance the state of health care in Kansas.

Everyone deserves access to quality health care. But across Kansas and the U.S., health care is headed towards a major crisis: a growing shortage of physicians that will only get worse. Fortunately, APRNs have the advanced education and training to help alleviate that crisis…especially for those hardest hit, including seniors and people living in rural and underserved communities. 

In order to do this, Kansas lawmakers need to act. Current laws are holding APRNs back — keeping them from filling this void in our health care system. APRNs need your support. Kansas patients need your support. Please ask your legislators to vote yes on House Bill 2412. Access to health care for the people of Kansas is at stake.

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the health care system in the United States. APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher, and hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

Four roles, four ways to care for you:

  • Certified Registered Nurses 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?

To date, many states allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training — from diagnosing and treating patients to referring people to physical therapy, prescribing medication, delivering babies, providing anesthesia and more. In Kansas, APRNs are required by law to enter into unnecessary and restrictive agreements with a physician to provide these very same services.

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved. Contact your legislator, upload a testimonial or share the above video on social media. The sooner you get involved the sooner we can all make access to safe, quality health care a reality for everyone in Kansas.

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