For many states, this time of year brings the start of a new state legislative session. I just returned from presenting at the Tennessee Action Coalition’s APRN Legislative Boot Camp. It was an exciting day and the APRNs of Tennessee are gearing up to bring full practice authority legislation to their state. I know that many of you and your advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) colleagues are also engaged in efforts to either introduce or continue work on bills before your state legislatures to reduce or eliminate barriers to APRN practice. Full practice authority bills are on the docket this year for Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska. Legislation to reduce barriers is being introduced in Arkansas, Missouri and other states.
Based on my own experience in leading Minnesota’s successful 2014 legislative campaign for full practice authority, I’d like to share a number of common sense principles and effective strategies that may serve you well in working to pass legislation in your own state:
I wish all of you engaged in this important work much success! Please share your comments about legislative activities going on in your state. Let’s use this forum to discuss issues, suggest strategies and support each other! I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours in health,
Mary ChesneyPresident of NAPNAP