The APRN Modernization Act passed out of the Senate yesterday on a vote of 23 -9. Two democrats join the republicans in voting Yes and 1 republication joined the democrats in voting No. An attempt to introduce an amendment was offered by Senator Diane Hesselbein, but it was rejected. The Hesselbein amendment would have been detrimental to achieving full practice authority. Another amendment was passed which addressed the clinical experience needed for APRNs to practice independently. The amendment removed the requirement of having 2 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse. No other state has this requirement. The compromise was extending physician collaboration from 2 to 3 years.
The bill now goes to the Assembly where a public hearing will be scheduled in the Assembly Committee on Health, Aging and Long-Term Care. WNA will keep you informed of the date of the public hearing, and we ask that if you can, please join us for the day. Watch for the date of the next virtual WNA Legislative Update were more information and advocacy will be shared.
Thank you all who contacted your Senators. It is very much appreciated.