Kansas Nurse Practitioner Policy

Phrases that Connect

Phrases that Confuse

Improve patient access

Increase patient choice

Expand scope

Independent

Reduces health disparities

Promotes competition

Mid-level provider

Limited license provider

Doctor

Support quality care

Smart investment, cost effective

Collaboration (due to dual meaning)

Promotes patient-centeredness

Support innovation

Modernizes Policy

Reduces unnecessary bureaucracy

 

New Resource Educational presentation slides from the Kansas Advance Practice Nurses: Your Voice Matters

10 tips for legislative strategy: Legislative Tips & Talking Points

 

Click here for the Doctor Support Letter and APRN Legislative Education sheets

 

The following is information from the Kansas APRN Taskforce:

The research is on our side: We can provide dozens of studies that support that APRNs provide quality, safe, appropriate care.  Tell legislators that several research studies such as those referenced here all come to the similar conclusions.

 

Conversations with Legislators:

  • Describe how you actually function as an APRN based on your education and training.  For most APRNs, you are providing care based on your advanced nursing education and scope of practice.  In fact, the current collaborating physician language often results in delays in care as prescription or lab results seek out the “collaborating physician” who has not been engaged in the care of the patient. Talk about access to care, perhaps the limitations of the current system. Some legislators may identify this proposal as an “increase in your scope of practice.”  Explain that it is not.
  • If your “collaborating physician” moves, retires or dies you cannot see your patients until you find another physician, often requiring payment that can sometime be excessive.  If this is your issue or you are aware of challenges that other APRN colleagues have faced, tell the story.
  • Stick to this subject and do not get drawn into “Obama Care,” Medicaid expansion, abortion, dental practitioners etc. We need to build support for the APRN bill. Those issues are for another day.
  • Be polite, don’t lose your cool. Try to get a feel for where they are on our proposal, but don’t demand an answer in your first contact with them.  Offer to provide more information, if necessary.
  • If legislators are “buying” the physician claims of inadequate education and care that is dangerous unless managed by a physician, suggest that they ask the physicians for studies that support their claims. (There are none.)  In addition, ask legislators to ask our physician colleagues how they plan to address access needs in rural and underserved areas.

 

 

{SAMPLE E-MAIL or PHONE CALL}

The Honorable (Full Name)

State House, (Room Number)

Kansas (Senate or House of Representatives)

Topeka, KS

I am contacting you in support of the proposed changes to the Kansas APRN Statutes. {Insert brief personal information – your role and experience, where you work, your education and certification, what types of patients you see, etc.)

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Kansas seeking statute changes are nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse-midwives. The legislative changes goal is to improve access to health care for Kansans by removing barriers so that APRNs can work within a scope of practice defined by the full extent of their education, training, and competencies. APRNs have the potential to ease the provider shortage, but are constrained by outdated laws that limit consumers’ access to highly-qualified clinicians.

Despite what some physicians claim, the proposed amendments do not expand the scope of professional practice by APRNs. APRNs will continue to collaborate, work with and refer to physicians and other health care providers as per professional standards of care. The current statute that requires a signed collaborative practice agreement by a physician does nothing to ensure quality, safe care to patients. Removal of the mandatory connection to another profession will decrease barriers to the provision of care and allow for innovative and cost-effective care.  (Insert information about your practice with physicians, how the mandated signed agreement has impacted your practice or patient care/access)

The health care needs of the citizens of Kansas require that APRNs are authorized to provide care to the broadest and deepest extent of their education and training. These amendments would help Kansas meet this essential policy goal.

I encourage you to ask the (House or Senate) committee chair (add chairpersons name) to hold a public hearing on this matter. I am available to talk to you in person or by phone.

Sincerely yours,

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