American Academy of Nursing Announces Position Statement on Full Practice Authority for APRNS
The American Academy of Nursing recently announced its position statement that full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) is necessary to transform primary care, and that practice restrictions on APRNs should be removed so that they may practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Lack of full practice authority for APRNs is a barrier to the provision of efficient, cost-effective, high-quality, and comprehensive healthcare services for some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. APRNs are a ready workforce, ideally positioned to improve access to care. However, barriers at the state and national levels continue to prevent APRNs from practicing to the full extent of their capabilities.
In states where APRNs have full practice authority, benefits have been identified that include significantly fewer emergency room visits for nonemergency health care, lower hospitalization rates, and expanded healthcare utilization, particularly among the most vulnerable.
Among the Academy’s recommendations is for Congress to reform the public and private payment systems to allow equitable independent reimbursement for APRNs practicing primary care in all settings, allowing direct remuneration from Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers for the care that is provided by APRNs. In addition, state boards of nursing should remove restrictions for APRNs in all states and federal agencies and clarify credentialing requirements.
The statement was published in the Nursing Outlook, 65(6), 761-765. Read it at http://www.nursingoutlook.org/article/S0029-6554(17)30558-4/fulltext
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