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Greater Role for Nurses Sought in Legislature

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AARP Kansas is backing legislation that could improve access to health care across the state. The measure would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice in Kansas without having a written agreement with a physician.

APRNs have postgraduate degrees and advanced training. The legislation would require them to hold national certification in a particular area of practice and to carry malpractice insurance. In some cases, they would be allowed to sign documents that currently require a doctor’s signature.

Kansas has a shortage of primary care physicians—especially in rural and other underserved areas. The legislation would allow APRNs to help fill the gap.

AARP Kansas is asking members to encourage lawmakers to support the bills (SB 69 and HB 2122). To contact your legislator, go to kslegislature.org and click on Find Your Legislator, or go to openstates.org.

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