Improving Health Across PA Through Nursing SOP Reform

Improving Health Across PA Through Nursing SOP Reform

Penn LDI and Penn Nursing promoted evidence-based policy in Pennsylvania by convening experts and stakeholders to discuss expanding scope of practice for nurses. Working groups explored options for reform that can address the health needs of all Pennsylvanians. The program delved into current policy debates and crafted recommendations for the path forward in addressing regulatory barriers in Pennsylvania that might be relevant to other states.This program was a nursing-specific complement to the national conference, Expanding Scope of Practice After COVID-19.

Please see related briefs below.

Brief: Expanding Scope of Practice After COVID-19 (published February 2021)
To expand access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, many states relaxed or waived regulations that define the scope of health professional practice. This experience highlights the need to ensure that all health care professionals practice to the full extent of their capabilities—an issue that predates and will outlast the pandemic.



Brief: Pennsylvania Scope of Practice (published January 2021)
For many years, proposals to update licensure and adapt it to make it more compatible with current models of collaborative care could not overcome legislative logjams. This policy brief summarizes the recommendations of the participants in the afternoon virtual workshop to update scope of practice regulation to better meet the primary care needs of Pennsylvanians.



 Brief: Meeting Pennsylvania's Primary Care Needs  (published November 2020)
This brief presents a current snapshot of the nurse practitioner workforce in Pennsylvania, its growth in the past eight years, and an estimate of how expanding NP practice authority could address primary care needs in designated health professional shortage areas.






1:00 – 1:05 PM  

Welcome & Introduction

Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, Penn Nursing
Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Penn LDI

1:05 1:30 PM  

The Scope of Practice Policy Landscape and New Developments in Pennsylvania

Adele Caruso, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
Cheryl Schlamb, DNP, CRNP, Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

1:30 2:20 PM  

Panel Session: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Implications of Scope of Practice Reform for Pennsylvanians

Eric Kiehl, APR, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Penn Nursing (moderator)
Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, Geisinger
Winifred Quinn, PhD/Peter Reinecke, AARP

2:20 2:30 PM  


2:30 3:20 PM  

Concurrent Breakout Discussions

State of the Science and Opportunities for Future Research on Nursing Scope of Practice (Open Session)

Hilary Barnes, PhD, APRN, NP-C, University of Delaware School of Nursing
Grant Martsolf, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Julie Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Penn Nursing

Implications, Opportunities, and Challenges Presented by HB 100 (Invite Only)

Sarah Hexem Hubbard, JD, Pennsylvania Action Coalition
Michael Smith, PhD, Penn Government Affairs 

Implications and Lessons Learned From COVID–19 Experience Regarding Nurse Practitioner Scope (Invite Only)

Amy Anderson, DNP, RN, The Heritage Foundation
Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN, Penn Nursing

Improving and Modernizing NP-Physician Collaborative Relationships (Invite Only)

Ashley Ritter, PhD, CRNP, Penn Nursing
Richard Wender, MD, Perelman School of Medicine

3:20 3:55 PM  

Report Out/Discussion

Erin Huppert, MPH, United States of Care

3:55 4:00 PM  

Next Steps/Closing Remarks

Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Penn Nursing
Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, Penn LDI