LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:   Support changes to APRN status

I am writing in support of SB 326, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) legislation. I am a registered nurse working at the Newton Surgery Center. I am pursuing my doctorate in nursing practice at Wichita State University and am specializing in family practice.

I was born and raised in Marion and live here with my husband and two children. I absolutely would love to work in Marion County when I am finished with school, and the amendments to this bill will remove numerous barriers to the safe and effective care I can provide.

The adoption of these amendments will bring Kansas in line with a national movement recognizing the value of replacing overly stringent restrictions that do not advance safety with mechanisms to allow APRNs to practice to the full scope of their training.

APRNs are recognized as primary care providers in numerous federal health care programs, including those that address primary care work force expansion, reimbursement for services, and loan repayment programs.

Numerous studies indicate that greater uses of APRNs as primary care providers will help lower the cost of and increase access to health care services. The proposed changes are in line with recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and other organizations and agencies.

The health care needs of Kansas require that APRNs be authorized to provide care to the broadest and deepest extent of their education. These amendments would help Kansas meet this essential policy goal and mean better health care for the residents of Marion County.

— Shawna Johnson, RN BSN
Marion

 

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