Please Contact Your Legislators Now !
“AANP recently learned of two companion pieces of legislation that could significantly impact the practice and discipline of nurse practitioners in Tennessee. AANP and several of the Tennessee state nurse practitioner associations have taken the position to oppose these bills unless they are amended. These bills are scheduled to be heard in their respective committees this week. Read on for more information about the bills and about the action you can take.
House Bill 1045 will be heard, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23 in the House Health Subcommittee on Health.
Senate Bill 212 will be heard on Wednesday, March 24 in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
As introduced, AANP is specifically concerned that provisions of House Bill 1045 / Senate Bill 212 would remove elements of due process that exist for health care providers in existing law, and the Nurse Practice Act for NPs. Additionally, the legislation includes a provision that would a require APRN who is the subject of discipline related to controlled substance prescribing to have their controlled substance prescribing authorization revoked unless the nurse prescriber is working ON-SITE with a collaborating physician for no less than 2 years. These requirements are unnecessary as the Board of Nursing already has a formalized disciplinary approach in place, and there is no evidence to support this is necessary for public safety. There are other elements of the legislation that AANP is continuing to review.”
Please click this link RIGHT NOW to let the legislators know how these bills will take us backward in our profession.