Nurse Practitioners have been an integral part of the healthcare provided to the citizens of Louisiana for many years. SB 192 filed by Senator Erdey removes the authority of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to regulate nurse practitioners and places the regulation of nurse practitioners under the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Nurses are well regulated by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and nurse practitioners have no wish to be moved under the authority of the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners. There is no reasonable cause to take this measure and the limitations this bill mandates would cause severe problems for patient access to care in an already stressed healthcare environment.
This bill disregards the 2008 Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (LACE) completed after years of research and development with the endorsement of 48 organizations. This bill places these standards at the whim of the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners’ discretion.
Please vote to oppose SB 192.