Senate Passes Senate Bill 25!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
PCNP Statement: Senate Passes Senate Bill 25
Bill Would Improve Health Care, Increase Access and Lower Costs for Patients
Harrisburg, PA (June 12, 2019) – Adele Caruso, DNP, CRNP, President of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, commented on Wednesday’s vote on Senate Bill 25. The Senate voted to enact Full Practice Authority for nurse practitioners by a margin of 44-to-6.
“The Senate delivered a big win to patients across Pennsylvania today. Our patients deserve the best possible health care and passage of Senate Bill 25 guarantees improved care quality, increased access and lower costs. Twenty-two other states have already taken action to modernize licensure for nurse practitioners and it is time for the Commonwealth to do the same. Pennsylvania is ready for Full Practice Authority!”
About Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners
Nurse practitioners (NPs), also called certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) or advanced practice registered nurses-certified nurse practitioners (APRN-CNPs), have advanced graduate education with master’s degrees or doctorates, and are nationally certified in their population focus areas. Among their many services, NPs:
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests;
- Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries;
- Prescribe medications and other treatments;
- Manage a patient’s care.
More than 100 studies have proven that NPs provide safe, high-quality health care.
Currently, in order to practice in Pennsylvania, an NP must secure business contracts, called collaborative agreements, with two physicians. Researchers – including physicians and NPs alike – have proven that this mandate offers no patient health benefits. To the contrary, research shows that the mandate restricts access to care and correlates to worse patient health outcomes.
Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 would end this costly, arbitrary and outdated mandate and make Pennsylvania a Full Practice Authority state. Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia are already using Full Practice Authority to expand access to care, especially for those in underserved rural areas and patients with Medicaid insurance.
Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 require a Transition to Practice period. Each new NP must work three years and 3,600 hours in a clinical setting prior to earning Full Practice Authority as regulated by the State Board of Nursing.
About the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) is the state organization dedicated to advancing, supporting and promoting the role of nurse practitioners. PCNP protects the practice of more than 12,400 certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) in Pennsylvania. Formed in the 1980s by just three forward-thinking NPs, PCNP now has more than 2,000 active members across the commonwealth in 17 regional groups, which provide educational and networking opportunities. The organization strives to improve communications among nurse practitioners, other healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations and the community by providing continuing education programs, fostering networking and professional development, and advocating for affordable, accessible healthcare. Learn more by visiting PACNP.org.