2013 Legislation SB229 and HB307
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February 22, 2013
To the Members of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama:
The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) has publicized their intent to introduce legislation in 2013 to allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances through certification by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and has conducted thorough due diligence regarding the matter for 14 months. In an effort to determine the vision of our membership, NPAA conducted a scientific poll beginning on November 29, 2012 going through January 31, 2013. The link to the survey was emailed to NPAA members and all Regional group members numerous times. Votes counted were determined authentic and verified as such with the name, address and Alabama nursing license number of each respondent. Upon conclusion of the survey, 574 responded to the survey. Complete results of the survey including questions may be found at http://npalliancealabama.enpnetwork.com/.
Results of the survey revealed that the vast majority who responded 86% to 91% of those who took part in the survey are in favor of supporting the 2013 legislation as written with only 9% to 14% opposed. In February, 2013 the Executive Committee and the Legislative Committee of NPAA upon review of the final survey results unanimously recommended to our steering committee (which represents all regional groups) to support the 2013 bills as they are written. The NPAA steering committee voted and the results were as follows: 15 voted in favor/1 opposed to moving forward with support for the bills without further delay.
On February 19, 2013, SB229 and HB307 were introduced by the Senate and the House in Montgomery, Alabama.. Both bills are attached for your review so that you can read them and make an informed decision regarding your support of each bill. Please Click Here and enter your zip code to determine who your representative is and how you may contact them. Phone calls to their offices in Montgomery are important but a short, hand written note indicating your support for the legislation is best and include your business card. The senate and the house are usually in Montgomery from Tuesday through Thursday each week and a visit if you have time would be the best way to communicate your feelings. The Senate Health Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 27th so make sure you contact them no later than Tuesday, February 26 to let them know your feelings.
In closing, it is important to share with you that NPAA is fully aware that the bills as introduced are not perfect. However, the leadership of NPAA firmly believes in and supports small incremental changes that will allow nurse practitioners to chip away at the barriers we now face. NPAA is committed to continuing the efforts to break down barriers that limit the ability of advanced practice nurses to practice to the full scope of their education and training and will use the IOM consensus model as a guide for expansion of the scope of practice for all advanced practice nurses.
Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC
President, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama