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”

  1. Two Midwest States Now Have More Access to Care

    Michigan and Ohio residents will have more options for finding healthcare in 2017 and beyond after  both states recently modernized practice laws for advanced practice registered nurses more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities,   Improving Access to Care,   Locations: Michigan,   Ohio,  

  2. Ohioans To Gain More Access to Healthcare

    Ohioans will soon have more options when it comes to finding healthcare. Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 4 signed a bill that brings Ohio into closer alignment with the APRN Consensus Model, which defines more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care,   Locations: Ohio,  

  3. Michigan Updates Law, Improves Health Care Options

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that will increase the number of health care providers residents of that state can turn to. The new law expands some nurses’ rights to practice and more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care,   Locations: Michigan,  

  4. Federal Register Publishes VA Ruling on Nurses

    It’s official: The Federal Register has published the December 13 ruling by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs giving more nurses more authority to provide care in VA facilities. In those more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care,   Locations: National,  


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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. State Progress in Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

    Jan 01, 2017

    Since the Campaign began, eight states (Maryland-2015, Nebraska-2015, Minnesota–2014, Connecticut–2014, Nevada–2013, Rhode Island–2013, North Dakota–2011, and Vermont–2011) have removed statutory barriers that prevented nurse practitioners from providing care to the more

    Issues: Improving Access to Care, Location: National,

  2. State practice environment for certified nurse-midwives

    Dec 12, 2016

    Nurse practice laws and regulations are specific to each state. This map from the American College of Nurse-Midwives shows the practice environment for certified nurse-midwives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Download PDF These data expand on more

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