Advanced Practice Nurse Meeting Summary

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I had the pleasure of meeting Representative Cheryl L. Grossman on September 14, 2015 at the Ohio Association of Advance Practice Nurse (OAAPN) town hall meeting in Grove City, Ohio. This town hall meeting was organized by OAAPN and the speaker was Meleana Burt. The town hall meeting was held at an event center in Grove City and was very informal. The meeting was very informative about the House Bill 216 and the process of how the bill becomes a law. It was an amazing experience getting to know all of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and learning more about their experience and barriers they face in their practice. I was stunned hearing all the restrictions APRNs are facing in their practice due to Ohio laws. This meeting was…show more content…
House Bill 216 seems to be the one solution that will address the shortage of primary care providers in Ohio. After listening to the APRNs’ concerns at the meeting, it was very difficult to adhere to just one specific healthcare issue. One of the major issues that prevented the majority of APRNs from providing care was the state mandated physician collaboration agreement. In Ohio, with the shortage of available physicians, many APRNs are not able to find a physician to collaborate with and are not able to utilize their knowledge and skills. Physicians often refer to another physician who specialize in a specific area without a written agreement, but the Ohio state laws require an APRN to have a signed collaborative agreement to practice. It is within the scope of practice for the APRN to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals. A Collaboration agreement is becoming a huge barrier and preventing APRNs from practicing. Due to this barrier, APRNs are not able to provide quality care for individuals with limited access in the…show more content…
According to a study from the Association of American Medical Collages (AAMC), the country will face a shortage of 46,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025 (AAMC, 2015). It will become even more difficult for APRNs to find physicians to collaborate with to practice. While more people have healthcare coverage, they are often not able to find a healthcare provider for comprehensive primary health care. House Bill 216 seeks to eliminate the mandated contractual collaborative agreement and will expand APRNs’ ability to practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification. According to a 2015 RAND study, removing unnecessary restrictions on APRN practice laws in Ohio could increase access to primary care and reduce emergency department (ED) visits by approximately 70,000 visits a year (Martsolf, Auerbach, & Arifkhanova, 2015). As a result, APRNs will be able to provide quality health care that is accessible, affordable, and timely to the community all across the

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