A calamitous physician shortage is near. Within about a decade, the nation will be 55,000 physicians short — just when our population of seniors will be at its highest. We can’t force more students into medical school; we can’t demand older doctors delay retirement. So, what can we do? Allowing the 32,000-plus advanced practice registered […]
Florida led the country in meaningful health care reform in 2019 with repeal of the state’s anachronistic and harmful certificate-of-need law. Now our state policymakers can once again be champions for health care innovation. In December, the House and Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee advanced House Bill 607, which would allow advanced practice registered nurses to make the best […]
For the second week in a row, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) greeted members in Tallahassee to support policies that increase access to quality health care for all Floridians. Clinical leaders from around the state met with lawmakers and Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees on critical issues impacting patients and communities. The FHA supports policies that increase […]
When the Gallup organization surveys Americans each year on which occupations they rate highest for honesty and ethics, the same profession has topped the list for 18 years: nursing. As a registered nurse for more than two decades and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for the last dozen years, I am grateful for the […]
A declining number of patients have primary care providers — just 75 percent, as of 2015. For some, including a portion of millennials, this is a choice. For others, it’s because of a lack of access to primary care providers. In fact, Florida faces a shortage of 4,600 primary care physicians by 2030, according to […]
House Speaker José Oliva on Tuesday announced a “Nurse Practitioner of the Day,” and for the first time in nearly three days, the opening day pick was a woman. Oliva’s selection was Doreen Cassarino, a doctor of nursing practice from Naples. “By inviting an advanced practice registered nurse to see patients in the Legislative Clinic today, we acknowledge […]
A coalition of groups pushing for nurse scope of practice expansions lauded a House committee for advancing a bill that would allow nurses to practice independently of physicians. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday advanced the bill, HB 607. The measure has been a longtime priority for nurses as well as bill sponsor and […]
On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, the “Doctor of the Day” wasn’t a doctor. Instead, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami Republican, underscored his drive to grant increased autonomy to nurse practitioners – sometimes referred to as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs – by selecting one as the chamber’s ceremonial […]
Top leadership supports a measure to let some nurses practice without a doctor’s supervision.
About 200 CRNAs joined Rep. Cary Pigman to show support for HB 607 allowing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to treat patients without a supervising physician.