Practice

About Us

Goal

Improve consumer access to high quality, cost efficient health care by removing practice barriers so that nurses may practice to the full extent of their education, training, licensure, & certification. 

Co-Chairs

Ambré Pownall, APN, PNP-BC ambrepownall@gmail.com

Pipere Brettell pbrettell@catlaw.com

Our Work

Nurses for Arkansas

Legislative Session 2017

Nurses' Day at the Capitol

Nurses for Arkansas

Purpose

Bring together nursing organizations from around the state to speak as one voice to increase access to healthcare services to all Arkansans. 

Supporting Organizations

Arkansas Nurses Association, 

Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 

Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association, 

Arkansas Center for Nursing, 

Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the 

Arkansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists 

Taking Action

Visit nursesforarkansas.com to learn more about full practice authority and barriers to APRNs that limit access to care, see Arkansas State Legislative Champions, and how to contact us to get connected to your legislator.

Future Work

Creating online advocacy talks to educate nurses on how to advocate to their legislator, providing evidence based resources that support the use of APRNs, and continuing to provide an online platform for nurses to quickly contact their legislators on specific topics via the use of VoterVoice. 

Legislative Session 2017

Nursing Issues

Improving access to care for all Arkansans! Reform policy and amend archaic laws and regulatory barriers that are simply outdated. And for Advance Practice Registered Nurses practice to the full extent of their licensure, accreditation, certification and education.

APRN Practice

Continue to share the vision of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report.

Achievements

By working together, as one voice for all Nurses in Arkansas, the Nursing Roundtable was able to motivate nurses across the state to become involved in health policy and advocacy. Legislators saw the power of when Nurses speak and walk the steps of the Capitol, they will be heard.

Planning for the Future

Continue with the success of last session, building on the momentum and relationships that were fostered during the 90th General Assembly. Continue to educate legislators on our issues and formulate a strategic plan of action for future sessions.

Nurses' Day at the Capitol

Purpose

Raise nurses’ awareness of legislation before the Arkansas General Assembly, and use our influence to educate legislators on health policy matters.

Agenda

Attendees at the 2017 Nurses’ Day packed the committee meeting of House Public Health, Education & Welfare in a show of support for legislation to remove needless barriers to nursing practice, so that nurses may practice to the full extent of their education.

Getting Involved

To join with other nurses in this work, you just need a desire to improve the state of health care in Arkansas and a willingness to advocate for patients and for the nursing profession.

The Nurse's Voice

Recognizing that nurses continue to be voted the “most trusted profession,” nurses opinions on health care issues are highly valued by legislators.