We focus our efforts on legislative advocacy, working at the local and state level with legislators and other stakeholders to improve health care access and outcomes for our patients, and to assure the continuation of independent and progressive practice regulations for APRNs in Alaska. The APRN Alliance was established in Anchorage, Alaska on November 3, 2012.
Our first order of business was working to implement the Consensus Model here in Alaska, which resulted in the passage of SB 53. The Consensus Model is a nationwide effort to create uniformity and consistency for APRN licensure, which will allow us to work to the full extent of our respective scopes of practice, as well as ease employment transitions across state lines.
SB 53, “An Act relating to advanced practice registered nursing…” was signed into law by Governor Bill Walker on July 6, 2016. It changed the titles “Advanced Nurse Practitioner” and “Nurse Anesthetist” to “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.” The Alaska Board of Nursing has passed regulations to implement this statutory change, and these have been signed by the Lt. Governor.
August 10, 2022, is an important day for all Alaskans living with serious illness. Governor Dunleavy signed and enacted House Bill 392. House Bill 392 sponsor, Representative Liz Snyder, and her team worked diligently to gain bi-partisan support throughout the Alaska House and Senate.
This bill, once effective, grants signature authority to advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) for the paperwork required to care for those living with serious illness, and thus, it improves the efficiency of healthcare and decreases administrative barriers.
Thank you to all Alaskan legislators, multiple Alaskan professional organizations, numerous healthcare leaders, and the Alaskan community for support of this legislation. The Alaska APRN Alliance is proud to have seen this legislation from inception to conclusion and remains committed to improving the care of all Alaskans.