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Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association

Scope Week Recap and Important Call to Action

Posted 9 months ago by ANPA Admin

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 Whew! What a week we have had in Little Rock!

 First and foremost, the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association, Nurses for Arkansas, and the Arkansas Health Policy Roundtable wish to express our gratitude to each one of you for your contributions in making this legislative session one that will go down in Arkansas nursing history. It has been over 20 years since Arkansas has seen this level of advocacy, involvement, and momentum by nurses across Arkansas! THANK YOU!

 Are our bills dead……?

 Absolutely NOT! They can be brought back to committee by their sponsors this session! Everything that you have done MATTERS.  You have reached out to your legislators and they have listened. The votes from the House Public Health Welfare and Labor Committee on Feb. 16th were very positive in our favor, with two of our bills needing only 1 additional vote from committee members to pass.

 What to do now…..?

 Say Thank You!.  We invite you to write, email, phone, or make a personal visit to the thank the PHWL Committee members for supporting nurses by voting YES on our bills (see chart below):

    • Please use the attached House Public Health Welfare and Labor Committee members to send your message. Also, encourage them to continue to support our bills when they come back to the committee. Let them know how very much we appreciate them!
    • Please act in the next few days since our bills may come back as early as next week.

      Representative

      State District

      Office Phone #

       

       

       

      HB 1181

      Transition to Prescriptive Authority

      HB 1182 Medicaid Program allow APRN as PCP

      HB 1228

      Prescriptive authority: Allow Schedule II-IV

      F. Love

      29

      501-612-3939

      YES

      YES

      ABSENT

      K. Hammer

      28

      840-3841

      YES

      YES

      YES

      D. Branscum

      83

      870-448-2069

      NO

      NO

      NO

      D. Meeks

      70

      501-277-9340

      YES

      YES

      YES

      C. Richey

      12

      870-995-2499

      ABSENT

      ABSENT

      ABSENT

      S. Magie

      72

      501-327-8721

      NO

      NO

      NO

      J. Miller

      66

      501-365-3599

      YES

      YES

      YES

      R. Womack

      18

      870-403-6287

      YES

      NO

      YES

      J. Payton

      64

      501-362-5815

      NO

      NO

      NO

      J. Ladyman

      59

      870-340-7499

      YES

      YES

      YES

      R. Lundstrum

      87

      479-957-1959

      YES

      YES

      YES

      M. Bentley

      73

      501-889-3556

      NO

      YES

      YES

      J. Gonzales

      19

      870-245-6365

      YES

      YES

      YES

      J. Boyd

      77

      479-262-2156

      NO

      NO

      NO

      K. Henderson

      71

      479-970-4850

      NO

      NO

      NO

      A. McCollum

      95

      479-426-4141

      NO

      NO

      NO

      B. Coleman

      81

      479-806-6825

      YES

      YES

      YES

      A. Pilkington

      69

      501-276-0087

      NO

      YES

      YES

       

      • We need to provide accurate evidence-based information to our PHWL members who may still have questions about our bills and how they can improve access to health care by removing barriers to APRN practice.
      • For those Representatives who voted NO on our bills (see chart above), please use the attached talking points to help them better understand the issues and how these bills can improve health care for their constituents.
      • You may hear people using the presence of LPNs on the ARSBN as an argument for placing APRNs under the regulation or joint regulation of the medical board (HB 1254 and HB 1525). The rebuttal for this argument is:
      • The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has 13 members, including 10 nurses, 2 of whom must be APRNs, who are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. These numbers are reasonable considering the relative numbers of LPNs, RN, and APRNs in our state.
      • The Board is advised by the Prescriptive Authority Advisory Committee which includes 4 APRNs, 1 physician (who has been in collaborative practice with an APRN for at least 5 years), and a licensed pharmacist. This committee is the one that advises and assists “the Board in implementing the provisions of this chapter regarding prescriptive authority” (Section 17-87-205 of the Nurse Practice Act, p. 8). http://www.arsbn.org/Websites/arsbn/images/NursePracticeAct.July.2015.pdf
      • Stay updated by visiting the nursesforarkansas.com website. You also can stay abreast of what is happening by visiting the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association’s website at https://anpassociation.enpnetwork.com/ or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Arkansas-Nurse-Practitioner-Association-177076869145677/

      Be encouraged. These recent events provide us with more information about who is truly supportive provided us additional time to educate Representatives and Senators about our bills and how they can improve access to care in Arkansas!

       Watch for Legislative Updates and Calls to Action.

       Your friends at the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association 

      in collaboration with Nurses for Arkansas and The Arkansas Nursing Policy Roundtable