With healthcare ranked in the bottom 25% in America, it’s time for action.

The power to improve healthcare in Tennessee is in your hands. Take action now to support Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). 

Tennessee Healthcare Facts

  • Ranked 44th for overall healthcare
  • Ranked 37th for healthcare access and affordability  
  • 50% of low-income children don’t have a doctor

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Testimonials

"I trust my APRN with my life. They fill needs in a small town!"
- Laurie Spillman
"As APRNs, we develop relationships that rise above the typical provider/patient scenario. We know when our women need physician involvement and we do not hesitate to involve them. In my opinion, this is similar to the way primary care doctors refer to specialists. We know our scope of practice and only desire to practice to the fullest extent of our license. We can safely be independent practitioners."
- Kimberly Sniffen
"I find it so backwards that NPs aren't allowed to practice independently in the family/primary care practice setting here in FL without paying an MD to be a physician of protocol (and most are no more than a name on paper)."
- Tracy T.

Together we can advance the state of healthcare in Tennessee.

Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. But across Tennessee and the U.S., healthcare is headed towards a major crisis: a growing shortage of physicians that will only get worse. Fortunately, APRNs have the advanced education and expertise to help alleviate this crisis…especially for those hardest hit, including seniors and people living in rural and underserved communities.

But there’s a problem. Tennessee legislators are holding APRNs back—not allowing them to practice to their full potential. And APRNs need your support. Please ask your legislators to support independent practice for APRNs. The health of the people of Tennessee is at stake.   

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the healthcare system in the United States. APRNs are educated with a master’s degree or higher, and hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

Four Roles, Four Ways to Care for You:

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists – administer anesthesia and monitor patients post-anesthesia
  • Certified Nurse Midwives – specialize in childbirth and women’s reproductive health
  • Certified Nurse Practitioners – diagnose and treat primary or acute health conditions
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists – work in specialty settings and provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing patient management

How are APRNs being held back?

To date, 22 states allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training—from independently diagnosing and treating patients to referring people to physical therapy, prescribing medication, delivering babies, providing anesthesia and more. In Tennessee, they are required by law to be supervised by a physician to perform these very same tasks.

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved. Contact your legislator, upload a testimonial or share the above video on social media. The sooner you get involved the sooner we can all make access to safe, quality healthcare a reality for everyone in Tennessee.


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