The answer to improved health care is here.

The power to improve health care in Mississippi is in your hands by supporting House Bill 613. Take action now to support Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

Mississippi Health Care Facts

  • Ranked last in the nation for medicare admissions for ambulatory care
  • Ranked 44th for children without a medical preventive care visit in the past year

Not all health care news in Mississippi is bad.

  • Ranked 2nd for home health patients who improve mobility
  • Ranked in the top 10 for hospital staff responding to patient needs

 

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"I trust my APRN with my life. They fill needs in a small town!"
- Laurie Spillman
"Competent caregivers are desperately needed in every community and I know advanced practice nurses can fill the need. Why are these excellent practitioners still being blocked from delivering the full range of care they are prepared to give?"
- Beth Hixon
"I find it so backwards that NPs aren't allowed to practice independently in the family/primary care practice setting here in FL without paying an MD to be a physician of protocol (and most are no more than a name on paper)."
- Tracy T.

Together we can advance the state of health care in Mississippi.

Access to quality health care. It’s something everyone deserves. And in Mississippi, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have the advanced education and expertise to help make quality care more accessible to all— especially seniors and people living in rural and underserved communities.

But there’s a problem. Mississippi legislators are holding APRNs back—not allowing them to practice to their full potential. And you have the power to change that. Please ask your legislators to vote yes for full practice authority for APRNs.

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the health care system in the United States. APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher, and hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

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?

To date, many states allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training—from diagnosing and treating patients to referring people to physical therapy, prescribing medication, delivering babies, providing anesthesia and more. In Mississippi, APRNs are required by law to be supervised by a physician to perform these very same tasks.

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved. Contact your legislator, upload a testimonial or share the above video on social media. The sooner you get involved the sooner we can all make access to safe, quality health care a reality for everyone in Mississippi.


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