Nursing Town Hall Meeting on Joint Protocol
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 1-3 p.m., Seton Hall University
College of Nursing will host a free Town Hall Meeting in the
Chancellor’s Suite of the University Center, planned by the New Jersey
State Nurses Association (NJSNA).
The NJSNA has formed a steering group whose goal is to educate
Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and all
citizens in New Jersey how exactly NJ is answering the call of the
Institute of Medicine (IOM) to improve access to health care in New
Nurses should be able to practice to the full extent of their
education and training - Need to remove scope-of-practice restrictions
for all nurses including APNs.
• In NJ, APNs may practice independently, except when they write
prescriptions of order a device that administers medication – in
those instances, APNs need a joint protocol with a collaborating (not
• APNs may not be designated as a primary care provider for Medicaid,
Medicare Advantage, commercially insured enrollees and covered services
for workers’ compensation.
• Some APNs are paying 10 percent of their annual income to
a “collaborating physician,” who may never see these patients.
• Some APNs can’t identify a physician willing to sign a joint protocol,
and therefore can’t practice in NJ.
Please join us to learn more about these important health care access
issues – there is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
For more information please contact: