APRN FUN FACTS
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report (2011) “the contention that APRNs are less able than physicians to deliver care that is safe, effective and efficient is not supported by the decades of research that has examined this question”.
The Federal Trade Commission released a report in March 2014 entitled Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (March, 2014) addresses the restrictions on quality competition in the health care arena and how it can lead to diminished access to quality health care. APRNs fulfill a critical role in addressing health care provider shortages in medically underserved areas. The FTC concluded that “based on substantial evidence and experience, expert bodies have concluded that APRNs are safe and effective as independent providers of many health care services within the scope of their training, licensure, certification, and current practice” (FTC, 2014).
According to the KDHE, the 2014 Primary Care Health Professional Underserved Areas Report indicated that we ADDED another medically underserved county over the last year in primary care, bringing the total to 92 Primary Care medically underserved counties out of a total of 105 counties (88%).
The KDHE 2014 Primary Care Health Professional Underserved Areas Report identified that the State of Kansas LOST 161 primary care physicians in the underserved counties compared to 2013.
According to the KDHE 2014 Primary Care Health Professional Underserved Areas Report, there are 101 out of 105 counties designated as Mental Health health professional shortage areas (96%).
According to the Kansas Board of Nursing Annual Report FY 2013, there are APRNs residing in all but 7 of the medically underserved counties in Kansas.
According to the Gallup polls, nurses have been ranked the most trustworthy profession almost every year since 2005. Took second to firefighters the year of 9/11.
In Kansas, there are 60,418 nurses holding a current license (KSBN Annual Report FY 2013). Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) make up 4,116 of the licenses.
There are currently 19 states and Washington DC who have full practice authority for APRNs. Access to care is improved, the states are able to keep more of their workforce and there is no difference in malpractice cases compared to restricted states (AANP, 2014).