Expanding Scope of Practice for ARNPs Would Give More Floridians Access to Safe, Quality Healthcare

Representative Cary Pigman Image/Florida Chamber of Commerce

Representative Cary Pigman Explains on Florida Chamber Bottom Line Program 

With 900 new residents moving to Florida each day, and 4.5 million more residents expected to call Florida home by 2030, it’s vital that Floridians have greater access to healthcare, particularly in rural and underserved communities.

Representative Cary Pigman
Image/Florida Chamber of Commerce

The Florida Chamber’s Healthcare Partnership has a seven-year long history of supporting expanded scope of practice for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners to allow them to practice medicine to the full extent of their education and training, and therefore provide more Floridians greater access to high-value, quality healthcare.

On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Representative Cary Pigman (one of only two physicians in the Florida House of Representatives) shares how nurse practitioners, through years of training, can carry-out primary care as capably as a physician.

“What we discovered over the years, and 30 other states allow independent practice, is that nurse practitioners who are appropriately trained and appropriately skilled, practice medicine, especially primary care, as skillfully as a physician does,” said Pigman. “There is no increase in incidents of complication, there are no increased problems, in fact most patients are entirely satisfied.”

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