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On National Nurse Practitioner Week, PA NPs Urge Lawmakers to Improve Patient Care

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On National Nurse Practitioner Week, PA NPs Urge Lawmakers to Improve Patient Care
“It’s Time for a Vote.”


(Harrisburg, PA), November 11, 2019 Nov. 10-16 is National Nurse Practitioner Week, an annual celebration to recognize exceptional health care providers. It is also an opportunity to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.

This year on National Nurse Practitioner Week, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners urged State House lawmakers to hold a vote on Senate Bill 25, which would modernize Pennsylvania’s rules for NPs. It passed the State Senate by a margin of 44-to-6 in June.

Dr. Adele Caruso, DNP, CRNP, President of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners:

“Pennsylvania’s 13,700 nurse practitioners play a critical role in providing high-quality care to patients. We are proud to be recognized for this service by Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Senate as they designate Nurse Practitioner Week here in the Commonwealth.”

“There is overwhelming support for allowing NPs to practice to the full extent of our licensure and training. A vast majority of patient advocates support the legislation. The reform has been debated for years. We call upon the Pennsylvania House to move Senate Bill 25 so that we may fulfill our commitment to care for Pennsylvanians. It’s time for a vote.”

Governor Tom Wolf issued a proclamation recognizing National Nurse Practitioner Week. The full proclamation can be found here.

“The faith and trust that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than 1.02 billion visits made to NPs annually,” Wolf said.

The Pennsylvania State Senate passed a resolution commemorating National Nurse Practitioner Week and calling for PA to adopt modern rules for the profession. The resolution said:

· “Five decades of research demonstrate the high quality of care provided by NPs.”

· “Better utilization of NPs through modernized State laws and improved policies creates better health through a more accessible, efficient, cost-effective and higher-quality health care system.”

· “Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have implemented ‘full practice authority’ for NPs, granting patients full and direct access to the outstanding care offered by these health care providers.”

· “Leading governmental and policy entities, including the National Academy of Medicine, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, National Governors Association and Federal Trade Commission, have taken notice of the benefits of full practice authority for NPs and have endorsed such a regulatory model.”


An overwhelming majority of patient advocates in Pennsylvania support the bill, including:

AARP Pennsylvania

Americans for Prosperity – PA

Bucks County Woman’s Advocacy Coalition

Centre Volunteers in Medicine

Commonwealth Foundation

Convenient Care Association

Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania

Geisinger Health System

Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health

Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania

Main Line Health

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

Optum Complex Care Management

Penn Medicine: the University of Pennsylvania Health System

Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners

Pennsylvania Health Access Network

Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Pennsylvania Homecare Association

Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders

Pennsylvania Rural Health Association

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association


Primary Health Network

Public Health Management Corporation

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania

Temple University Department of Nursing

Woods Services

About Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners, also called certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) or advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), 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 13,700 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


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