Due to an increase in individuals who have gained health insurance coverage, as well as the aging American population, many states, like Florida, are currently faced with the issue of meeting the increased demand for health care providers.
In Florida, only 2 percent of physicians practice in the state’s 30 rural communities. Meanwhile, there are more than 32,000 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) licensed in Florida who are available to increase access to care in these areas of the state. There are four nationally recognized APRN roles, including Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, who provide essential primary and specialty care services to Floridians across the state.
Florida has an opportunity this session to address the state’s need for more health care providers and provide more Floridians with access to safe and quality care by supporting House Bill 607, by Representative Pigman. HB 607 would allow APRNs to be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.