Legislative Alert – Senate bill 344
LEGISLATIVE ALERT – SENATE BILL 344
The Tennessee Nurses Association urges you to contact the members of the Senate General Welfare Committee to express your strong support for TNA Sponsored bill, SB 344/HB 299. The bill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, at 10:00 a.m. in Legislative Plaza Room 12. Please make every effort to contact Legislators before the day of committee meeting. Talking points and contact information for committee members are listed below.
TALKING POINTS AND EXPLANATION OF BILL
The term advanced practice registered nurse comprises the following professional nurses: Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse-Midwives. This bill changes the statute ONLY where the term refers to all four categories.
This change does not impact your professional designation. Nurse Practitioners and other APRNs will still use their certification title as their professional designation.
APRN Consensus Work Group & the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee's definition of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a nurse:
1. who has completed an accredited graduate-level education program preparing him/her for one of the four recognized APRN roles;
2. who has passed a national certification examination that measures APRN, role and population-focused competencies and who maintains continued competence as evidenced by recertification in the role and population through the national certification program;
3. who has acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills preparing him/her to provide direct care to patients, as well as a component of indirect care; however, the defining factor for all APRNs is that a significant component of the education and practice focuses on direct care of individuals;
4. whose practice builds on the competencies of registered nurses (RNs) by demonstrating a greater depth and breadth of knowledge, a greater synthesis of data, increased complexity of skills and interventions, and greater role autonomy;
5. who is educationally prepared to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion and/or maintenance as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient problems, which
includes the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions;
6. who has clinical experience of sufficient depth and breadth to reflect the intended license; and
7. who has obtained a license to practice as an APRN in one of the four APRN roles: certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), certified clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or certified nurse practitioner (CNP).
Senate General Welfare Committee Members
Sen. Rusty Crowe, Chair
Phone (615) 741-2468
Sen. Bo Watson
Phone (615) 741-3227
Sen. Kerry Roberts, Secretary
Phone (615) 741-1999
Sen. Stacey Campfield
Phone (615) 741-1766
Sen. Ophelia Ford
Phone (615) 741-1767
Sen. Douglas Henry
Phone (615) 741-3291
Sen. Roy Herron
Phone (615) 741-4576
Sen. Randy McNally
Phone (615) 741-6806
Sen. Doug Overbey
Phone: (615) 741-0981
Thank you for taking action to support this TNA Sponsored legislation!
Cheri M. Glass
Managing Editor, Tennessee Nurse
Communications & Marketing Administrator
Tennessee Nurses Association
545 Mainstream Drive, Ste. 405
Nashville, TN 37228-1296