Working to Increase Access to Care
Citizens in some parts of Kansas have no or limited access to health care providers. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) can help! Currently there are policy barriers that prevent nurses the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training – Research clearly shows that APRNs provide safe and effective care (Institute of Medicine) and regulatory barriers should be removed.
The problem is burdensome regulations! Some APRNs in Kansas must pay physicians a fee to provide care. There are APRNs who cannot provide care in the communities they live in because there is no physician available to provide the regulatory paper work. Kansas is surrounded by 11 states west and 5 states north that have already removed all regulatory barriers.
Impact on patients – because of burdensome regulations in Kansas in one community when the physician died unexpectantly and patients that received care by this physician and the APRN, they no longer had a care provider, since regulations required the APRN have a signed piece of paper by the physician. The APRN that had been giving care to these patients could no longer do so– this is not required in many other states.
Impact on patients – in one rural community an APRN has to pay high fees to physicians for the required regulatory piece of paper signed by a physician – this nurse is the only nurse providing needed medication management to patients in several rural counties that have mental health conditions.
Join us in providing funds that will go for educating legislators, the public, other nurses and our patients on how APRNs can help solve the health care access problem in Kansas. Funds will also be used to support lobbying efforts for any legislative changes that remove practice barriers. This will be done through the Kansas Advanced Practice Nurses Association (KAPN). Learn more at www.kansasapn.org
We thank you in advance for your help - together we can make a difference!
We have raised just under $10,000 - we have met 1/3 of our goal for 2017! Support APRNs in Kansas by becoming a member ( https://kapn.enpnetwork.com/) or make a donation - together we can make a difference!