Improving Access
to Care

Nurses must be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

 

The Goal

State laws and federal policies are among factors that keep nurses from contributing all that they can to America and its health needs. The Campaign for Action is pushing for changes that would allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training, so we have a workforce necessary to meet the country’s health care needs.

Impact

When more nurses are allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training, more Americans will have better access to high-quality, affordable health care, including in rural and other underserved areas of the country.

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Progress

Since the Campaign began, eight states have increased consumers’ access to care by removing legal barriers that prevented nurse practitioners from providing care to the full extent of their education and training. In 21 states and the District of Columbia, nurse practitioners are allowed to provide full care.

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This map is a part of the Campaign for Action Dashboard, a series of charts and graphs that show goals by which the Campaign evaluates its efforts to implement recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health.



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Resources related to: “Improving Access to Care”

  1. Studies That Show the Economic Benefits of Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

    Sep 09, 2016

    Not only is it good for Americans’ health when advanced practice registered nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, but the economics also make sense. Below are links to national and state studies that provide estimates of the economic more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Tools & Tips: Advocacy, Research, Location: California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas,

  2. Successes in Advancing Health and Health Care Through Nursing

    Aug 08, 2016

    This two-page document describes noteworthy successes in advancing health and health care through nursing, and can be used as a handout at meetings or events. Please note that this document is updated regularly to reflect the latest progress and accomplishments, so be sure to more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities, Improving Access to Care, Increasing Diversity, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Transforming Nursing Education, Tools & Tips: Communications and marketing, Milestones, Organizational excellence, Location: National,