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

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

North Carolina Healthcare Facts

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

 

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Testimonials

"I trust my APRN with my life. They fill needs in a small town!"
- Laurie Spillman
"In 1976, I graduated from a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. Now, 46 years later, APRNs, still not being fully utilized by the medical community, must be recognized for their excellence. Come on, patients and society, support your APRNs!"
- Mary Karrick
"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

Together we can advance the state of healthcare in North Carolina.

Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. But across North Carolina and the U.S., healthcare 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 Outdated regulations in North Carolina are not allowing APRNs to practice to their full potential, and APRNs and patients across the state need your support.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 healthcare 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 healthcare a reality for everyone in North Carolina.


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