Update on AB 890 – Nurse Practitioners

AB 890 (Woods) Nurse Practitioner bill will remove standardized procedure and provide a scope of practice definition for Nurse Practitioner. In addition, AB 890 will also – as written February 2020 – do the following and more:

  1. Create a NEW – Advance Practice Registered Nursing Board with 3 MDs +/- surgeons, 4 NPs and 2 members of the public. 
  2. Established a transition to practice (TTP) of 3 years or 4600 hours
  3. Require National Board Certification 
  4. Require NPs to use an identified standard Spanish phrase to describe the NP
  5. Require an addition 3 years added to the 3 year TTP for NPs practicing outside the identified settings (i.e., hospital, health facility, clinic, and-or medical corporation)

It is very important that you READ the bill for yourself before discussing it with other NPs and/or your local elected officials. The bill passed out of the Assembly this month. You should reach out to your local elected Senator when you are ready to discuss the bill. If you don’t know who your elected official is go to – http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov 

To read AB 890 click here – https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/fa…/billTextClient.xhtml…

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia allow NPs to diagnose, treat patients and prescribe medications without a physician’s supervision. NPs practice in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, nursing facilities, clinics and private practices. State law determines the extent to which NPs can work independent of a physician.

Almost 80 percent of NPs in the U.S. – 204,000 out of 262,000 – practice primary care, compared to 33 percent of physicians (Health Affairs – online September 4, 2018). In 2016, the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced new regulations permitting full practice authority for the nearly 6,000 advanced practice nurses in its workforce. The VA made this change in policy due to an acute provider shortage within its system, resulting in delays in care. The regulations allow NPs working in a VA facility “to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, regardless of state restrictions that limit such full practice authority.” 

Moore On Health believes in increasing #DirectAccessToCare for the people of California by allowing #NursePractitioners to gain #FullPracticeAuthority. #AB890 has several areas of concern and although there is not such thing as a perfect bill we must not set forth precedents that will negatively impact our profession and other States seeking #FPA. 

 

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