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With the 2018 legislative session under way, AARP Oklahoma is pressing for bills related to caregiving, prescription drugs and assisted living facilities.
Each day, thousands of Delawareans serve as caregivers for family members.  These family caregivers often have full-time day jobs; they return home from work to provide evening care, or dash home at lunch to check in on loved ones.  They provide trusted care to those they hold most dear—an emotionally challenging, but critical, role in our society.
Over the past few weeks, our round ups have focused on the upcoming elections, but that doesn not mean nothing else of importance was going on that impacts 50+ Pennsylvanians.  Here is a quick summary of a few items and issues we’ll talk about in depth over the coming weeks.
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Senate Bills 57 and 101 passed the Senate during the 2015 legislative session in Delaware. The two bills, both pertaining to Nursing Scope of Practice, were signed by Governor Markell on September 1st. AARP commends these two bills because they improve access to care and expand consumer choice.
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Highly trained nurses know a lot more than how to take a patient’s pulse and temperature. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can evaluate patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medications. So why not give them authority to practice to the full extent of their training?
  Give Nurses More Authority to Heal
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Under a new state law, advanced-practice registered nurses will be able to prescribe medications (except for controlled substances) after working under contract with a physician for four years.
With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an Arkansas coalition is preparing nurses to address critical health care challenges. Co-led by AARP, the Arkansas Action Coalition encourages nurses to further their education and take on leadership roles.
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A two-year $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help the Alaska Nursing Action Coalition prepare about 13,000 nurses to meet the state’s health care challenges. The effort is part of a national move to provide all Americans with access to high-quality affordable care, with nurses fully contributing.
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