California Association for Nurse Practitioners


Grassroots Resource Center

Dialogue with Elected Officials Critical to Advancing the Profession

Extensive grassroots efforts by CANP members and allies have made tremendous inroads by educating lawmakers about just what a nurse practitioner is and the vital role that NPs play. Due in no small part to those efforts, CANP has become one of the truly influential voices in the field of health care policy.

It remains critical that all CANP members become engaged in direct outreach to state legislators in their local districts. No one is better equipped to tell the story of the vital role that NPs play than NPs themselves, and nothing will help to promote the cause better than having a dialogue with elected officials.

There are a number of ways to join the effort, including:

  • Working through designated legislative representatives in each CANP chapter to organize district office visits with legislators and their staff members
  • Joining colleagues for CANP Lobby Day
  • Engaging on social media to help spread awareness, bring others into the cause and target key messages to elected officials
  • Contributing to the CANP Political Action Committee (PAC) to help level the playing field against well-funded interests intent on limiting NP practice authority

Working now to develop a relationship with your elected officials will be critical when it comes time to ask for their support on issues that are vital to the nurse practitioner profession. Contact your local CANP chapter leaders or CANP Grassroots Coordinator Stephanie Tseu ( for assistance.

Grassroots Toolkit

Use the links below to access valuable grassroots outreach tools.

"What is an NP?" Handout
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Find Your Legislators
How to Talk to Your Legislators

News and Opinions

Use the links below to download recent news articles and editorials about nurse practitioners and their growing role in health care. You can also keep an eye on our NPs in the News archive for other coverage.

In a First for California, Nurse Practitioners to Deliver Primary Care without Physician Supervision

California Health Report, January 22, 2018
Summary: NPs at the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Health Care System are set to become some of the first in California to have full practice authority.

Nurse Practitioners: Key piece of the health care puzzle

Capitol Weekly, November 29, 2017
Summary: As we discuss how to increase the number of primary care providers in California, better utilizing the more than 21,000 nurse practitioners is a must.

Nurses Say AMA Launching ‘Turf War’ Over Direct Patient Access

Forbes, November 20, 2017
Summary: Nurses across the U.S. are upset at new American Medical Association policy opposing efforts to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently of a physician’s supervision.

Nurses to the Rescue

Freakonomics, November 15, 2017
Summary: Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but — big surprise — doctors’ associations say no.

California doesn’t have enough doctors, and this bad law isn’t helping

Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2017
Summary: Not having enough doctors to meet the health care needs of California's growing population is frightening. Not taking steps to address this shortfall with a greater number of nurse practitioners is simply foolish.

California faces shortage of primary care clinicians

San Jose Mercury News, August 15, 2017
Summary: The latest UCSF study shows lack of primary care doctors to be a problem. Solution: allowing nurse practitioners to work at the highest level of their education and knowledge!

A nurse in the firehouse, an urgent care on wheels

Behind the Badge OC, July 24, 2017
Summary: A nurse practitioner on the front lines is producing real results – "dispatched over 1,700 times, and has prevented 57 percent of the 554 patients she’s treated from making an unnecessary trip to the ER."

Nurse practitioner home visits correlate to big drop in hospital admissions, ER visits

University of Rhode Island, July 18, 2017
Summary: Study finds hospitalization and ER visits drop over 60 percent with NP visits.

Amarillo VA nurse practitioner is first in Texas to get full practice authority

Amarillo Globe News, June 7, 2017
Summary: A step in the right direction – our nation trusts us to help care for those who have served. We will continue to lead.

Compton Community College Opens First Student Clinic

CBS Los Angeles, March 21, 2017

Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus

California Health Report, March 20, 2017

Nurse Practitioners Providing Most House Calls to Older Adults

Managed Healthcare, February 17, 2017

Nurse Practitioner Response Unit Launched in Los Angeles

Journal of Emergency Medical Services, February 1, 2017