APRN Multi-State Compact Under Fire from MDs

Maintaining advanced practice nursing continuing education and licensure in multiple states can be almost as complicated and time-consuming as doing the nursing itself. To combat some of these burdens and allow advanced practice registered nurses to better do the jobs they do, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing have been pushing a nursing compact through various state legislatures. Once ten states agree to abide by it (it has passed in three and is pending in two others), the compact will allow APRNs with one multi-state license to practice in the compact states freely.

Unfortunately, there is a hitch in the giddy-up. A recent article in Health Leaders, talked about how medical doctors are trying to throw a spanner in the works. The American Medical Association, and specifically, theĀ American Society of Anesthesiologists, pushed to engage “the entire house of medicine in a strategic initiative to…oppose the harmful Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Compact.”

APRNs everywhere are gritting their teeth.

Advanced practice nurses serve a vital function in areas that are underserved by or utterly lacking in physicians. They provide excellent care, and are sometimes the only medical services that some populations get. If the national standard of care can be raised by allowing APRNs to maintain one license in multiple states and practice their art and science more easily, it can only benefit the patients.

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