Action alert - need comment on exclusion of APRNs from definition
We are writing to inform you of an opportunity to make comments on the definition of “Licensed provider of the Healing Arts” within the Minnesota Department of Health X-ray rules.
Currently this definition only includes physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and podiatrists. It excludes Advanced Practice Nurses. While this may not seem like an issue, it does diminish the value of the care we provide to the people of Minnesota, especially in the rural counties. It flies in the face of our new APRN law, the IOM report on the future of nursing, recommendations from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and many other national organizations.
Here is what the nurse practice act says:
“The "practice of advanced practice registered nursing" means the performance of an expanded scope of nursing in at least one of the recognized advanced practice registered nurse roles for at least one population focus. The scope and practice standards of an advanced practice registered nurse are defined by the national professional nursing organizations specific to the practice as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse anesthetist in the population focus. The scope of advanced practice registered nursing includes, but is not limited to, performing acts of advanced assessment, diagnosing, prescribing, and ordering. The practice includes functioning as a primary care provider, direct care provider, case manager, consultant, educator, and researcher.” MN 148.171 - 148.285
These antiquated and inaccurate definitions are a barrier to practice. Please inform MDH of the care you give every day.
We would appreciate your comments going to the email address below.
APRN Coalition Board of Directors