News and Events

January 22, 2020

Florida Politics article, "Nurses finally get legislative support for independence."

January 21, 2020

Florida Chamber's Bottom Line interview with Representative Cary Pigman re: expanding the scope of practice for ARNP's

January 15, 2020

Interview with Representative Cary Pigman re: HB 607 at Sachs Media Group

Interview with Vernon Langford, FLANP's Board President at Sachs Media Group

Interview with Mai Kung, a FLANP & FNA Member, and Stan Whittaker, FLANP's Governmental Affairs Chair

January 14, 2020

House Speaker Oliva introduced Dr. Doreen Cassarino, an advanced practice registered nurse, of Naples, who served as the first-ever nurse practitioner today upon invitation of the Speaker. Dr. Cassarino holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Florida Atlantic University. Since the 1960s, the House has maintained a tradition of naming a "Doctor of the Day." Last year the tradition was modernized with a telehealth connection. This year, Dr. Cassarino enables the House to break new ground by serving as the first nurse practitioner of the day.

Speaker Oliva also said this in his opening remarks, "Florida's archaic and backwards approach to scope of practice has contributed to this problem. Florida is one of a handful of states that still prevent healthcare professionals from practicing what they are educated, trained, and certified to do. In spite of truly overwhelming evidence, Florida resists."  He continued to say, "No, I am standing here saying that an advanced nurse practitioner, who has at least a four-year degree in nursing, a graduate degree in many cases, as in the case of our nurse today, that is a doctorate in nursing, and 2,000 hours of clinical supervised residency to be allowed to practice what they studied. Allowing advanced nurse practitioners to practice independently will have immediate positive effects on access and affordability. Members, it is truly a stain upon a state that prides itself on leading to even humor talk of patient safety coming from interest groups, when we know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, of its safety and its efficacy. Or worse, to use phrases like, "If you want to be a doctor, study to be a doctor." Members, 30 states have outgrown this backwards policy, 30. It is high time we allow healthcare professionals to practice to the extent of their training."  Read his full speech here.

December 11, 2019

HB 607 was presented in the Health Quality Subcommittee.  The Bill received 14 Yeas and only 1 Nay.  A step in the right direction!!


November 12, 2019

HB 607 was filed by Representative Pigman authorizing autonomous practice for APRN’s.  Please read the bill here if you haven’t already.  FLANP’s Legislative Committee is monitoring this as well as numerous other bills which you can read about on our Current Bills page.

November 8, 2019

Governor Desantis signed a Proclamation declaring November 10-16th, 2019 Nurse Practitioner Week in Florida.


October 3, 2019

President Trump Signs Executive Order Benefiting NPs


AANP is reporting that President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors” today directing “ the Secretary of Health and Human Services to propose a regulation that enables providers to spend more time with patients by eliminating burdensome regulatory requirements, authorizing all providers to practice at the top of their profession, ensuring appropriate reimbursement for all providers, and reviewing regulatory policies that create reimbursement disparities."


We join with AANP in congratulating President Trump for proposing solutions to improve access to health care by ALL health care providers.


The executive order can be viewed here.


May 6, 2019


MAY 5, 2019

Legislative Session has ended.Unfortunately for the citizens of Florida, HB 821/SB 972 was not heard in the Senate. Citizens of Florida will continue to suffer long wait times to see a healthcare provider. Those who live in rural areas  will continue to experience provider shortages.But we will not stop  in our efforts! We support Choice and Competition in Healthcare.

We thank all those who contributed to the efforts to help with this bill. We will continue to educate the public and advocate to the legislature on the value, safety and high quality care that autonomous Advanced Practice Nurses provide.

April 14, 2019

President Trumps Health Care Agenda:

"When state regulators impose excessive entry barriers and undue restrictions on SOP(scope of practice) for particular types of providers, they often are not responding to legitimate consumer protection concerns. There is a risk that healthcare professionals with overlapping skill sets will seek these restrictions; they view SOP restrictions as an easy, state-sanctioned opportunity to insulate themselves from competition."

"…States should consider changes to their scope-of-practice statutes to allow all healthcare providers to practice to the top of their license, utilizing their full skill set.” Read report here.


April 12, 2019

HB 821 (Pigman) has passed 3 house subcommittees and is now on the house floor for final approval. It is expected to pass and be sent to the Florida Senate. SB 972 (Brandes) remains stalled in the Senate Health Policy committee.

February 25, 2019

Legislative Update:  Bills authorizing full practice authority for APRNs have been filed in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives.  The House Bill is HB 821 filed by Representative Cary Pigman.  The Senate Bill is SB 972 filed by Senator Jeff Brandes.  The 2019 Legislative starts on March 5.  We would expect action on these bills to start soon thereafter.  FLANP will provide regular updates on these and other bills we are monitoring.

For a complete list of bills FLANP is monitoring, click here


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