The Modernize Nursing Practice Act now under consideration in the NC General Assembly is broad ranging and a dramatic scope-of-practice proposal that would classify all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) the same, irrespective of their training or experience. Although family medicine highly values the work of nurse practitioners (NP), the NCAFP believes the best care is provided by physicians, NPs and others working together in teams. To voice our opposition, the NCAFP is asking all members to contact their state Senate and House members directly — and we’ve made it very easy to do so. Simply click on this link and follow the instructions within AAFP’s “Speak Out” system. The system will generate an email to your legislators based on your home address.
NCAFP’s opposition is based on four components the e-mail describes: 1) Our belief that team-based care is the best option; 2): that physician-led teams result in higher quality and lower costs; 3) that our current system provides the flexibility for APRNs/NPs to practice at the top of their license based on their education and experience, not an arbitrary law; and 4) that the workforce solution in our underserved areas will only be fixed (for both physicians and APRNs) if we move to a value-based system with primary care as the foundation.