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 the SAVE Act- Senate Bill 143 and House Bill 185.

Safety, Access, Value, and Excellence: that's the type of care that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) provide.

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
  • Removing restrictions on APRNs could save the state $400 million to $4.3 billion in health care costs annually

 

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"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
"As a primary care nurse practitioner, education is crucial to getting patients to achieve positive health outcomes. One of the many strengths nurse practitioners have is their ability to see the patient's current health condition in a holistic manner. The right scripts and referrals can be written all day long, but if the patient is not properly educated, and their specific social needs are not considered, the whole plan may fail."
- Jill Coots
"As an NP, I can't practice in Indiana without paying a doctor lots of money to review 5% of my charts so I can legally continue to see my patients. Patients that this doctor NEVER sees! I've actually never even met my physician collaborator. "
- Anonymous

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 Outdated regulations in North Carolina are not allowing APRNs to practice to their full potential, and APRNs and patients across the state need your support.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 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 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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