SB 61 Up tomorrow
SD Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Coalition
**LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – SB 61**
DATE: JANUARY 25, 2017 REVISED!!!
STATUS: SB61 PASSED 7-0 out of Senate Health & Human Services Committee unanimously on Wednesday, January 25th. A full Senate floor vote IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 AT 1PM. There is strong support from Senators.
ACTION REQUESTED: Contact Senate HHS Committee members and thank them for their vote. If you haven’t already done so, please contact remaining State Senators BY TOMORROW AT 1PM CST 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 CNWs and improve access to health services, especially for rural and underserved populations. Senators report getting thoughtful, positive letters from advocates. Keep it up! Report feedback or questions received to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (CNW).
- Remove the collaborative agreement required for CNPs and CNWs 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 CNWs to practice in South Dakota, and align South Dakota with its neighboring states.
- The legislation will facilitate the recruitment and retention of CNPs and CNWs 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 CNWs.
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: http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/default.aspx?CurrentSession=True
- If you don’t know your legislator, you can find it by putting in your address at: http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Who_Are_My_Legislators/GeoLegislator.aspx
- 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:
- Your name and legislative district. Lawmakers like to know when they are hearing from their constituents.
- 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.
- Ask them for their support of SB61!
Below are links to Senators. The stars indicate a HHS Committee member.
Cammack, Gary L
Cronin, Justin R
Curd, R. Blake
Frerichs, Jason E
Greenfield, Brock L *
Jensen, Phil *
Klumb, Joshua *
Nesiba, Reynold F
Partridge, Jeffrey D
Rusch, Arthur L *
Russell, Lance S
Soholt, Deb *
Sutton, Billie H
Tapio, Neal *