This is our second filing of legislation to modernize the statutes for Massachusetts advanced practice nurses. With the same goal as our last bill, this legislation will allow NPs and CRNAs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
These changes are consistent with the recommendations cited in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report and supported by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as numerous other specialty organizations and businesses.
If passed as written, the bill will:
1. Remove the requirement for physician oversight of NP/CRNA prescriptive practice;
2. Remove the requirement for a physician to sign a written document identifying what
we "may do" as licensed professionals rather than what our credentials certify we
"can do" by virtue of our education;
3. Remove the Mass Board of Registration in Medicine's authority over the Mass Board
of Registration in Nursing's adoption of regulations;
4. Remove the restrictive time limitations on issuing prescriptions by the CRNA; and
5. Update the Nurse Practice Act to reflect that NPs and CRNAs not only order tests and
therapeutics, but also interpret them in order to best treat the patient.
We have continued support from Representative Kay Khan, Representative Paul Donato and Senator Marc Pacheco, who will serve as our bill sponsors in the House and Senate respectively.But, we also need your legislators to sign on as co-sponsors.
Please take a moment to reach out to your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to co-sponsor this bill!
Lawmakers only have until January 30th to do this, so they need to hear from you NOW!
Click on the link below to send a pre-formatted email through the MCNP Advocacy Center.
We will be sharing more details about the language of the bill in the weeks ahead and will be holding town hall meetings throughout the state over the coming months.
We came so close to getting this passed during the last legislative session, and with your help we can succeed this time around!
The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners