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 they can to America’s health needs and wellness. 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 and health care needs.

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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.

Blog Posts related to: “Improving Access to Care”

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    This is the fifth in a series of posts about the top issues facing nursing today as covered in The Power of Ten: A Conversational Approach to Tackling the Top Ten Priorities in Nursing. Nurse more

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  2. Good Health Knows No Boundaries (or Shouldn’t)

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  3. Celebrating America’s Nurse Practitioners

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    Issues: Improving Access to Care,   Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: National,  

  4. Report Recommends Ways for Nurses to Prepare for Greater Roles in Primary Care

    Yasmine R. Legendre, MPA, is program associate of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Because registered nurses make up the largest portion of the health care workforce in a nation with growing health more

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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. Improving Access to Care: What You Need to Know

    Nov 11, 2016

    The Campaign for Action works to bring better care and wellness to more Americans by changing laws and policies that prohibit nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. Below are facts you can use to educate others about our efforts. The four more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Tools & Tips: Advocacy, Location: National,

  2. The economic case for full practice authority: Writers weigh in

    Nov 11, 2016

    Think tanks that support free-market approaches to issues have published pieces that highlight the health benefits and economic good that comes from letting nurses practice to the full extent of their education and training. This document links to the organizations and excerpts more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Location: National,