May 30, 2022
RALEIGH – Another organization from outside the nursing profession has officially endorsed full practice authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Today, Friends of Residents in Long Term Care became the 20th outside organization to add its name to an informal list of supporters for the SAVE Act. The announcement comes as momentum for the legislation continues to build at the North Carolina General Assembly.
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"Friends of Residents in Long Term Care endorses North Carolina’s SAVE Act, (SB 249/HB 277). This important legislation has bipartisan support and would permit Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full level of their education and training. It would also bring North Carolina up to date with established national standards. The SAVE Act would modernize regulations for ARPNs and improve patient care immediately with better quality, quicker access, and reduce costs," said Lauren Zingraff, FORLTC Executive Director.
Earlier this month, the North Carolina Senate unveiled an omnibus healthcare bill that includes the SAVE Act in its entirety. The SAVE Act was first introduced in March 2021 with more than 100 bipartisan sponsors, including a majority of the House and half of the Senate. It offers North Carolina the chance to significantly modernize regulations on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) for the first time in more than 40 years. Two more states have passed similar legislation earlier this year, bringing the total number of states implementing Full Practice Authority to 26.
FORLTC is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working on behalf of North Carolina individuals residing in nursing homes, adult care homes (assisted living), continuing care retirement communities (CRCs), and private homes who need daily assistance with their social, psychological, medical, or financial needs.
Its mission is to empower North Carolina residents and their families to improve the quality of care in our state by providing a state-wide network of education, advocacy, and support.
Chris Cowperthwaite, APR
Director of Communications and Outreach
(919) 821-4250 or ChrisCowperthwaite@ncnurses.org
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