With health care ranked in the bottom 1/3 in America, it’s time for action.

The power to improve health care in North Carolina is in your hands. Take action now to support Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

North Carolina Health Care Facts

  • Ranked 35th for overall health care
  • Ranked 41st for infant mortality
  • 56% of low-income children don’t have a doctor

 

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"I have been seeing a nurse practitioner for over 10 years. She does my annual physicals and treats any illnesses that come up. I feel that the care I receive from her is much better than what I had before with a doctor in the same practice. She takes the time to talk and listen. The doctors were always so rushed I felt like I was pushed through the process. I highly recommend nurse practitioners."
- Barry Driver
"The requirement to have a collaborating physician is a threat to my small business every day. I want to continue to provide the best quality and best technology to my patients in my community. These restrictive regulations need to change for the health and access to care for people in Mississippi."
- KC Arnold
"One of the barriers to the Nurse Practitioner providing continuity of care involves NPs not being able to practice to the full extent to which we have been trained. Primary care MDs are in short supply in the county in which I live, and I have heard patients tell me that they have had to wait three months to see their Primary Care Provider."
- Jill Coots

Together we can advance the state of health care in North Carolina.

Everyone deserves access to quality health care. But across North Carolina and the U.S., health care is headed towards a major crisis: a growing shortage of physicians that will only get worse. Fortunately, APRNs have the advanced education and expertise to help alleviate this crisis…especially for those hardest hit, including seniors and people living in rural and underserved communities.

But there’s a problem. Outdated regulations in North Carolina are not allowing APRNs to practice to their full potential, and APRNs and patients across the state need your support. Please ask your legislators to modernize the Nursing Practice Act for APRNs. The health of the people of North Carolina is at stake.  

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 and hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

Four Roles, Four Ways to Care for You:

  • Certified Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat primary or acute health conditions
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists – administer anesthesia and monitor patients post-anesthesia  

  • Certified Nurse Midwives – specialize in childbirth and women’s reproductive health

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists – work in specialty settings and provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing patient management

How can we increase access to care for patients in North Carolina?

To date, 22 states have modernized their laws governing APRNs to be in line with the national model, allowing more patients to choose APRNs to deliver safe and quality care. In North Carolina, restrictive regulations are holding APRNs back, resulting in restricted patient choice in whom they wish to receive care from.

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved. Contact your legislators and upload a testimonial. The sooner you get involved, the sooner we can all make access to safe, quality health care a reality for everyone in North Carolina.


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