The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker, Chair of the Delaware House Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability), for House Bill 21 and House Bill 141.
House Bill 21 would adopt the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Under this compact, Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) licensed in a Compact member state may practice in another Compact member state, allowing APRNs to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in all Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. Its companion bill, House Bill 141, would align the Delaware Board of Nursing statute with the APRN Compact to advance APRN practice through eliminating barriers such as collaborative practice agreements and granting full practice authority in conjunction with licensure to improve access to care for Delaware patients.
The APRN Compact would establish multistate compacts that have reciprocity and that do not require additional licensing, while simultaneously helping to improve patient access to quality health care. Additionally, removing the requirement for collaborative practice agreements for licensure purposes through House Bill 141 would allow APRNs to practice at the top of their licenses, allowing them to use all their education and training to care for patients.
Read the full letter here and below: