Lifting restrictions on APRNs will alleviate the health care crisis in Mississippi.
With health care resources stretched to the limit…and pushed beyond capacity during the pandemic, Mississippi is facing a health crisis like never before. Fortunately, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have the education and expertise to improve access to safe, quality care for all Mississippians. But they need your support.
Please contact Mississippi lawmakers and urge them to vote YES on House Bill 1303.
Mississippi Health Care Facts
- All 82 counties have a shortage of primary health care providers
- One of the states most affected by the physician shortage
- Ranked 50th in the nation for health care quality, access and affordability
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Throughout Mississippi, APRNs play a critical role…from providing primary care services to caring for COVID-19 patients, delivering babies and expertly managing life-saving respiratory devices. Yet, even as half of the states in the U.S. have removed unnecessary restrictions on APRNs, Mississippi APRNs are not allowed to perform these duties without entering an unnecessary and costly collaborative agreement with a physician.
As the pandemic further overwhelmed the health care landscape in 2020, Mississippi lawmakers failed this state by not easing restrictions on APRNs to help care for COVID-19 patients and alleviate the burden on our healthcare system, especially in rural and underserved areas. The time has come for state lawmakers to permanently remove restrictions on APRNs. The health of the people of Mississippi is at stake.
What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?
A vital part of the health care system, APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher, and have hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience. APRNs can provide care in all types of practice settings including health care facilities, outpatient clinics, specialty practices, employee health programs, and in rural and urban areas with limited access to care. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that APRNs provide safe, high-quality care with equivalent outcomes to their physician counterparts.
Four roles, four ways to care for you:
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists – administer anesthesia and monitor patients post-anesthesia
Certified Nurse Midwives – specialize in childbirth and women’s reproductive health
Certified Nurse Practitioners – diagnose and treat primary or acute health conditions
Clinical Nurse Specialists – work in specialty settings and provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing patient management
How are APRNs being held back?
In nearly half of the U.S., all APRNs have full practice authority, meaning that they can provide care to the full extent of their education and training. In Mississippi, APRNs are required by law to enter into unnecessary contracts with physicians in order to perform these very same tasks, holding them back from addressing the growing health care needs in this state.
How can I help?
We need your voice to be heard in support of APRNs. Please contact your legislator, upload a testimonial or share our messages and video on social media. The sooner you get involved the sooner you can help make access to safe, quality health care a reality for everyone in Mississippi.
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