Let your House and Senate representatives know you are against HB 607 and SB 1676 and that you strongly believe that physician-led, team-based care is best for Florida’s patients.
- Call, email and write your House representative today!
- To find out which state House member represents your district and how to get in touch by phone, email or mail, go here. To find your Senate representative and his or her contact information, go here.
- Below is a suggested letter to send to House members via email, along with key messages to share when you call.
Suggested letter for House members:
I am writing to you today to share my concerns regarding House Bill 607, which would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) to practice independently without any supervision by licensed physicians.
A patient’s health and well-being must always take precedence over political rhetoric. APRNs and PAs are not interchangeable with physicians, who are by far the most educated and skilled members of the healthcare team. In addition to completing four years of medical school, physicians receive three to seven years of residency training, which includes more than 15,000 clinical training hours. APRNs spend 1.5 to three years in nursing programs, are not required to complete any training beyond graduate school, and receive only 500 to 1,500 clinical training hours.
While APRNs and PAs play valuable roles, any legislation that would allow them to practice beyond the scope of their training is not just bad policy but a very real threat to patient safety.
I support the efforts of the Florida Patient Protection Coalition, whose 50-plus medical professional societies agree that physician-led, team-based care is best for all Floridians. I urge you to put patients first by voting NO on House Bill 607.
Thank you for your consideration.
Suggested phone script for House members:
I am calling you today to share my concerns regarding House Bill 607, allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently without any supervision from licensed physicians.
A patient’s health and well-being must always take precedence over political rhetoric.
The years upon years of education, training and experience acquired by Florida physicians must be protected and should never be compared to that of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
I support the Florida Patient Protection Coalition’s efforts, whose over 50 county medical and specialty societies agree, that physician-led, team-based care is best for patients.
Thank you for your consideration. Please vote NO on House Bill 607.