Allow nurses to deliver essential health care to where it is most needed.
I’m writing to urge you to grant Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) full practice authority to address the growing public health challenges associated with COVID-19.
APRNs are highly trained at the masters and doctorate levels to deliver important primary and specialty care. Their expertise remains essential at hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities to ensure patients receive lifesaving medical care.
Current North Carolina law requires APRNs to work under the unnecessary supervision of physicians through mandatory contracts. These arrangements severely restrict the capacity of these qualified providers to serve patients and limit availability of quality care for many regions.
Our legislature should waive these bureaucratic barriers to empower APRNs to deliver essential health care where patients need their assistance most by supporting SB 143/HB 185, The SAVE Act. Their expertise remains essential at hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities.
Empowering APRNs with full practice authority is a common-sense solution to increase access to quality health care across North Carolina. I urge you to support SB 143/HB 185, the SAVE Act.