Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Legislation

Every Nurse can Support

Updated June 9, 2021

Both bills have passed the Delaware House of Representatives and the Senate Legislative Oversight & Sunset Committee. They will likely be presented to the full Senate the week of June 14. DNA's advocacy efforts have shifted to Delaware's 21 Senators. Please see updated action steps every nurse can take to advocate for the advancement of our profession and improve the health of our community.

For Nurses Licensed in Delaware,

Living in Delaware

Step 1. Identify your Senator. Use the "Who is my Legislator" tool by typing in your full address and identifying your State Senator in the results. 

Step 2. Start a new email to your State Senator. Copy and paste this email template into an email directly from you. Please modify the email template as you see fit to make the message yours. 

Step 3. Consider following up your email with a direct phone call to your Senator's office to show your continued support. 

For Nurses Licensed in Delaware,

Living in a Surrounding State

Step 1. Email key leaders in the Delaware Senate:

    • President Pro Tempore:
    • Senate Majority Leader:
    • Senate Minority Leader:

Step 2. Copy and paste this email template into an email directly from you. Please modify the email template as you see fit to make the message yours.

There has been opposition from some members of the Delaware physician community to advance these policies. Physicians have testified at public meetings that APRNs are a risk to the public and unsafe to practice without their oversight. The American Medical Association authored and sent the following letter which was also circulated by the Medical Society of Delaware. Additionally, physicians have emailed their Delaware legislators asking them to oppose HBs 21 & 141, citing the same opinions in the AMA letter.

American Medical Association Letter

When faced with opposition, the professional nurse looks no further than our Code of Ethics for guidance. We practice with compassion and respect for every person and continue to advocate for the rights and health of our community. The robust science, expert opinion, and precedent guide us in knowing that these policy advancements will improve the health of Delawareans. 

AMA Letter - Debunked

Dr. Pamela Zickafoose, EdD, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNE, FRE of the Delaware Board of Nursing sent the above letter to Delaware legislators that debunks the baseless claims of the American Medical Association.

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