Action Alert

Posted almost 3 years ago by Robin Arends


From SD Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Coalition

DATE: JANUARY 19, 2017


STATUS: SB61 will be up for hearing in Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Wednesday, January 25th at 10AM in Rm. 412. A full Senate floor vote could take place on January 26.  


ACTION REQUESTED: Contact your State Senators before January 25th to ask for their support of SB61 brought on behalf of the SD Coalition for Advanced Practice Nurses to remove barriers to practice for CNPs and CNMs and improve access to health services, especially for rural and underserved populations. Thank Senators who are sponsors on the bill. Report feedback or questions received to:  



BACKGROUND: The bill was developed by a coalition of nursing organizations in the State of South Dakota to: 

  • Modernize the state’s nursing practice act and align with national standards for the regulation of Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM).
  • Remove the collaborative agreement required for CNPs and CNMs to provide services in SD and align with surrounding states that allow practice without the contractual restriction.




  • The legislation will update the SD Nurse Practice Act which hasn’t been updated since 1979. The legislation will remove the collaborative agreement requirement for CNPs and CNMs to practice in South Dakota, and align South Dakota with its neighboring states. 
  • The legislation will facilitate the recruitment and retention of CNPs and CNMs to practice in South Dakota to meet the increased demand for our primary care workforce, especially in rural areas.
  • The legislation will not replace or alter South Dakota’s health care delivery model. 
  • The legislation will NOT expand the scope of practice for CNPs or CNMs.



  • Contact your lawmakers. Write a letter or email, make a phone call. Attend a cracker-barrel/ town hall meeting. Invite them to your local meeting or for coffee.
  • Be a local spokesperson to do an interview with the local media
  • Help identify and get support from other organizations and individuals
  • Communicate your story and what you learn from conversations back to the coalition at:


HOW TO CONTACT:   A written message is the most effective communication with legislators. See links to State Senators below. Lawmakers’ home address, legislative email address and phone numbers can be found at: 

  • If you don’t know your legislator, you can find it by putting in your address at:
  • Address your letter or email to: Senator ____ or Representative _______.
  • Reference the number of the bill in the opening of your communication. For example: SB61 – Advanced Practice Nurse Legislation
  • Your communication should include: 

o Your name and legislative district. Lawmakers like to know when they are hearing from their constituents. 

o A personal message.  Focus on the talking points in your own words.  For example, describe who you are, where you practice, why this bill is important to you and your practice, situations you’ve encountered with recruitment or retention or patients’ access to care and how bill would help.

o  Ask them for their support of SB61!


Below are links to Senators. The stars indicate a HHS Committee member. 

Senate Members

Bolin, Jim 
Cammack, Gary L
Cronin, Justin R
Curd, R. Blake 
Ewing, Bob 
Frerichs, Jason E
Greenfield, Brock L*
Haverly, Terri 
Heinert, Troy 
Jensen, Phil *
Kennedy, Craig 
Killer, Kevin 
Klumb, Joshua  *
Kolbeck, Jack 
Langer, Kris 
Maher, Ryan 
Monroe, Jeff 
Nelson, Stace 
Nesiba, Reynold F
Netherton, Jenna 
Novstrup, Al 
Otten, Ernie 
Partridge, Jeffrey D
Peters, Deb 
Rusch, Arthur L *
Russell, Lance S
Soholt, Deb  *
Solano, Alan 
Stalzer, Jim 
Sutton, Billie H
Tapio, Neal  *
Tidemann, Larry 
White, Jim 
Wiik, John 
Youngberg, Jordan