Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are key to improving NC health care.

The time for action has come. A proposal to improve health care in North Carolina - the SAVE Act, Senate Bill 143 and House Bill 185 - will remove restrictions on APRNs and could save up to $4.3 billion in annual health care costs. State legislators need to hear from you now!

North Carolina Health Care Facts

  • Ranked 41st for health care quality
  • 87 of the 100 counties lack an OB/GYN specialist
  • 20% fewer primary care doctors than the US average
  • 56% of low-income children do not have a doctor

 

Learn more about North Carolina APRNs and the restrictions they face.

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"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.
"I have fifteen years of nursing experience, plus my BSN. I am now working on my DNP/PhD, so I can become an APRN. I will most likely leave TN when I am done for a state where APRNs have full practice."
- A.R. Matthaei

APRNs can help improve health care quality and access 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 Outdated regulations in North Carolina are not allowing APRNs to practice to their full potential, and APRNs and patients across the state need your support.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 pass the SAVE Act.

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the health care system in North Carolina. 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, many 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 choices 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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