Essay on Restrictions On Advance Practice Registered Nurses

1390 Words Nov 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The State of Texas currently has many restrictions on Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). We are one of thirty-two states in the United States that require Nurse Practitioners to work in a collaborative/supervisory relationship with a physician. Connecticut recently became the 18th state to allow Nurse Practitioners to practice independently (Lowes, 2014). Bill SB 751 for the 84th legislature was introduced by Senator Jose Rodriguez. This bill is aimed at granting Nurse Practitioners in our state autonomy from physician supervision and full prescriptive authority. Nurse practitioners will be able to diagnose, treat and prescribe patients without a physician oversight. Senator Rodriguez represents District 29, which includes El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis and Presidio Counties.
Texas currently has a shortage of primary care physicians. Senator Rodriguez states in his web page that for every 100,00 people in Texas there are 174 physicians providing direct care and in district 29 we have 122 physicians for every 100,000 people (Senator Rodriguez, 2015). Davis and Magini-Vendel (2011) state a combination of uninsured Americans, shortage of primary care providers with a combination of unemployment are current issues that must be addressed. That is where the role of policy making comes into place, to undertake such issues. They also state a prediction of a shortage of 40,000 primary care providers by the year 2020 (Davis and Magini-Vedel (2011). Davis and…

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