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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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!
– 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."
– University of Rhode Island, July 18, 2017
Summary: Study finds hospitalization and ER visits drop over 60 percent with NP visits.
– 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.
– CBS Los Angeles, March 21, 2017
– California Health Report, March 20, 2017
– Managed Healthcare Connect.com, February 17, 2017
– Journal of Emergency Medical Services, February 1, 2017