| Washington, DC, November 22, 2017 -
The National League for Nursing (NLN) viewed with regret the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Resolution 214 that opposes an expanded role in primary care for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in states that participate in the multi-state compact. The compact does not require that APRNs obtain additional licensure to provide such care to patients in participating states.
The NLN is gravely concerned about language in the AMA resolution that implies APRN-certified nurses have not completed the necessary educational and training requirements to serve as primary care practitioners. APRNs are committed, the NLN contends, to providing health services to the full scope of their education and practice.
The NLN supports the creation and expansion of collaborative models between nurses and physicians that continually increase access to outstanding patient care, particularly to individuals and families in underserved communities, with the goal of advancing the health of our nation. The AMA Resolution's unrelenting focus on APRNs ignores the excellent inter-professional partnerships that already exist and must continue to be nurtured between them and physician-colleagues in providing necessary health care services.
In its support for the multi-state compact and in opposition to the AMA resolution, the NLN stands shoulder to shoulder with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The council has made innovative strides in developing the compact to provide safe, quality health care in today's digital, tele-health era. "When the patient is put first, all providers can line up together to ensure the delivery of essential care," stated NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN.
Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone PhD, RN, FAAN, “The AMA must adjust its viewpoint and embrace a team comprised of APRNs, physicians, and others with the primary goal of meeting the needs of the patient, providing care to the people we serve.”
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