April 25, 2015
Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Healthcare Access Legislation
Nebraska LB 916
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) supports its members – and all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) – in their efforts to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Although NAPNAP believes the advanced practice education requirements prepare APRNs to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care to their patients upon graduation and certification makes transition to practice agreements unnecessary, the association was disappointed by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s April 22 veto of LB 916 which would have removed the requirement for an integrated practice agreement between a nurse practitioner and a collaborating physician and replaced it with a transition to practice agreement. The governor’s suggestion that LB 916, passed 43-0 by the unicameral legislature, would have allowed nurse practitioners too much independence and recent nurse practitioner graduates would lack the clinical experience necessary to ensure patient safety is contrary to more than two decades of evidence demonstrating nurse practitioners' safety, care quality, and cost-effectiveness. Although the governor's veto is frustrating and disappointing to Nebraska's nurse practitioners, it is particularly detrimental for Nebraska's citizens who will continue to have limited choice and restricted access to health care.
NAPNAP will continue to advocate for the removal of barriers to practice for its members and their APRN colleagues across the country.