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Health Policy Alert! Insist on Speaking with Your Legislator (new video)

Posted about 4 years ago by Rebecca Thibodaux

The bill is now scheduled for hearing on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. This bill needs your immediate personal phone call to increase YES votes. 

90% of representatives stated they had not heard from any NPs. (We know that you've called.) This means that simply calling the legislative office and emails is not enough. 

Its time to get assertive!  We need to insist that we speak with a legislator.

Please do the following:

1. Watch this video of Past LANP Secretary, Jennifer Lemoine DNP, APRN explain what she found to be helpful when contacting her legislator.

2. If you do not have access to your Representative's cell phone number, call the legislative office (Find your legislator) and ask to speak directly to your representative. If they cannot be reached, ask for their cell phone number, if they cannot provide this, ask for a three-way party call.

3. Explain this is the most important bill they will vote on this legislative session and you need to speak with them today before the holiday weekend. Make sure you state you are a voting constituent in their district and include the number of patients cared for by you in their district.  

Additional points:

Amendments are being added to SB 187 to meet the legislators concerns.  The amendments include an increase to 6000 hours in collaborative practice and to add onto our patient consent form that the patient will be seeing a nurse practitioner and on request they can receive a copy of our scope of practice as written by the state of nursing.

NPs are not supervised.

NPs have a different scope of practice than physicians and are regulated by the LA State Board of Nursing.

Did you know there is no increase in NP malpractice insurance costs in full practice states?

This bill is not about scope of practice, the same patient care provided now, will be the same care provided after the collaborative practice agreement restriction is removed. 

Be persistent, speak directly to you representative and ask them for their support. If their response is no, ask what concerns are they having about the bill. Use our resources to dispel any concerns. If our lobbyists need to follow up, let us know.

If they are a strong no, you may express your disappointment in their decision and thank the representative for the time and consideration of SB 187.  

Keep in contact with us and let us know if you are able to speak with your legislator and if they are a yes or no.