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Why NPs Need Full Practice and Prescriptive Authority

The following is an article I wrote for NP World News in June of 2009. The topic becomes more and more relevant with every passing day so I have dusted it off and brought it forward for everyone to reread and reconsider.

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court but organized medicine and lawmakers continue to hold NPs down. Not a shred of evidence has ever been brought forward to show that NP care is not safe, sound and well liked by millions of American patients. So why have these archaic restrictions not been lifted? Why aren’t health care consumers allowed to decide for themselves? Hmmmm?

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Access denied: Florida lawmakers and doctors silence NPs - again

Florida is one of only two states in the country to restrict NP prescriptive authority for controlled substances. Florida is also the “pill mill” capital of the country. Seven Floridians die every day from controlled drugs prescribed by Florida physicians. 

It is past time to bring the responsible medical community, including NPs, together to enable the use of these drugs properly and appropriately. It is past time to aggressively seek out and punish those physician rogues whose small numbers have caused such an enormous and deadly problem in Florida.

It is not Florida’s NPs but a small number of Florida’s licensed physicians who are the problem. Restricting NP practice will not solve a problem caused by physicians.

Watch this 3 minute YouTube video by NP Jana Esden who (silently) shows how Florida’s lawmakers and physicians have ignored the advice of experts and used politics to restrict patients’ access to care by restricting nurse practitioners’ practice and prescriptive authority in the state.

Florida citizens are being denied access to safe, proven quality health care by NP medical providers. Please write your lawmakers to protest these outdated restrictive laws that are hurting all Floridians.

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Nurse Practitioners—Valuable but Undervalued

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Putting Prevention into Practice

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Defining Nurse Practitioners

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Organizing NPs and NP Organizations

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Why NPs Should Reach out to the Media

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

This is the fourth of 5 columns I will write for NPWN this year on subject of NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Maverick Health Honors Nurse “Edge Runners”

The Edge Runner program is a part of the Raise the Voice initiative funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed by the American Academy of Nursing. It recognizes nursing professionals who are finding new ways to improve and promote the health of patients.

It hasn’t gotten nearly the media play it should, nor have these Edge Runners had as much recognition as they deserve.

Read on to learn how these innovative nursing professionals are delivering health care that rocks!

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How NPs Can Reform Health (Care)

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

This is the third of 5 columns I will write for NPWN this year on subject of NP practice, health and health care reform.

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NP World News: We Are on the Edge of Tomorrow

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

This is the first of 5 columns I will write for NPWN this year on subject of NP practice, health and health care reform.

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