Now that we have had time to process the disappointing outcome of the last legislative session and the Legislature's decision not to pass H 2009/S1079 or Senate Budget Amendment #935, the MCNP leadership met and reaffirmed our commitment to advocate for the removal of restrictive practice requirements for APNs in Massachusetts.
We agreed as a group that this was only the first battle in what we anticipated would be a tough fight, and we are not done.
Although we are still formulating our strategy and have yet to determine the exact language as it will be filed, the MCNP is excited to announce our intent to refile legislation in support of independent practice authority for APNs in the next legislation session that will begin in January 2015.
We will share more details in the coming weeks and will be holding a legislative summit in the Fall to update and engage the MCNP membership.
We have learnedimportant lessons and gained invaluable experience which will help guide us; and based on the past efforts of our members, nursing colleagues, patients, family and friends, we are hopeful that we will succeed.
As we start the process, we ask you to pledge your commitment by responding to a brief survey that will help us assess our resources.
Enjoy the remaining days of the summer and stay tuned for the next chapter in our journey.
Stephanie Ahmed DNP, FNP-BC