With health care ranked in the bottom 20% in America, Kentucky can't afford to take a step backward.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses provide vital care to patients in Kentucky. Lifting restrictions on APRNs will increase access to safe and quality health care for patients across our state, including those in rural and under-served communities. 

Take action now to support increased access to care in Kentucky.

Kentucky Health Care Facts

  • Ranked 45th in the nation for health care 
  • 102 counties designated as Medically Underserved Areas
  • Only 30% of physicians practice in rural areas

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"I have been seeing a nurse practitioner for over 10 years. She does my annual physicals and treats any illnesses that come up. I feel that the care I receive from her is much better than what I had before with a doctor in the same practice. She takes the time to talk and listen. The doctors were always so rushed I felt like I was pushed through the process. I highly recommend nurse practitioners."
- Barry Driver
"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.
"As a primary care nurse practitioner, education is crucial to getting patients to achieve positive health outcomes. One of the many strengths nurse practitioners have is their ability to see the patient's current health condition in a holistic manner. The right scripts and referrals can be written all day long, but if the patient is not properly educated, and their specific social needs are not considered, the whole plan may fail."
- Jill Coots

Together we can advance the state of health care in Kentucky.

Everyone deserves access to quality health care. But across Kentucky and the U.S., health care is headed towards a major crisis: a growing shortage of physicians that will only get worse. Fortunately, APRNs have the advanced education and training 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 and APRNs need your support. Please ask your legislator to vote yes to modernizing this state's outdated APRN laws. The health of the people of Kentucky is at stake. 

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse?

APRNs are a vital part of the health care 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 Nurses 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, many states have modernized their laws governing APRNs to be in line with the national model. In Kentucky, APRNs are being held back. 

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved. Contact your legislator, upload a testimonial or share our messages and video on social media. The sooner you get involved the sooner you can help make access to safe, quality health care a reality for everyone in Kentucky. 


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