Remove Barriers on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to Help Them Help You

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Target: Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services)

Goal: Remove barriers on advanced practice registered nurses practicing to the fullest of their abilities.

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2014, 30 million Americans will gain much-needed coverage. However, this huge influx of new patients will greatly strain the resources of doctors and hospitals everywhere.  Therefore, the barriers stopping advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from working to the fullest of their abilities should be lifted.

Unlike the average nurse, APRNs are have received a post graduate degree in nursing and accreditation for their extended skills, experience, and knowledge in diagnosing illnesses as well as patient care.

Under the current model, APRNs are not allowed to practice without the supervision of a doctor or without having a strict agreement with a physician.  In addition, they can’t admit patients to hospice care and have limited access to prescriptions.  Even now this limits a patient’s access to care.  In a year when the health care system is flooded with new patients, the unrestricted ability of APRNs would be invaluable to the success of the progressive legislation that is the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans have already voiced their dislike of ACA, and there will undoubtedly be struggles with its implementation, especially after decades of privatized heath care.  Consequently, everything must be done to ensure the success of this semi-socialized health care system that will help millions of Americans stay healthy and happy.

Please sign this petition and help ensure the Affordable Care Act succeeds by removing barriers on advanced practice registered nurses and allowing them to practice to the fullest extent of their knowledge and abilities.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. Sebelius,

The Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented by 2014 and 30 million Americans will receive much-needed health care.  While an exciting step for this country, the huge influx of new patients will undoubtedly stretch the resources of hospitals and doctors’ offices everywhere.  Consequently, in response to this huge change, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) should have the barriers restricting their ability to care for patients removed.

Under the current model, APRNs are not allowed to practice without the supervision of a doctor or without having a strict agreement with a personal physician.  In addition, they can’t admit patients to hospice care and have limited access to prescriptions.  Even now this limits a patient’s access to care.  In a year when the health care system is flooded with new patients, the unrestricted ability of APRNs could be invaluable to the success of the progressive legislation that is the Affordable Care Act.

Unlike the average nurse, ARPNs are have received a post-graduate degree in nursing and accreditation for their extended skills, experience, and knowledge in diagnosing illnesses as well as patient care.  There is truly no reason to restrict these highly trained individuals from helping patients in need.

With the republicans’ clear-cut opinion in ACA, it is imperative America’s transition to semi-socialized health care goes as smoothly as possible and ensures the future of this important legislation.

Please do all you can to remove the restrictions on advanced practice registered nurses and help them help millions of Americans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: theamericannurse.org

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