Princeton, N.J.—A new policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) highlights ways to clear barriers blocking Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) from doing more to help meet the rising demand for health care services resulting from an aging population and the increased access to care called for by health care reform.
The brief, Improving Patient Access to High Quality Care: How to Fully Utilize the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, identifies a series of barriers to APRNs' practice, including:
“The majority of states place significant and unnecessary restrictions on APRNs, causing delays in treatment, and making it difficult for APRNs to provide care in rural areas, where physicians are often scarce. Between health care reform and the aging patient population, we need all hands on deck,” said Maryjoan Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior program officer and the executive editor of Charting Nursing’s Future.
The brief highlights three models for better leveraging the skills, knowledge, and experience of APRNs, including:
The brief is the 20th in RWJF's Charting Nursing's Future series. It is free and available online here. The next brief in the series, due later this summer, will focus on nurses' academic progression, gauging progress toward achieving the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate or higher degree by 2020.
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