Bilingual Nurse Practitioners As Latin American Populations

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Full Practice Authority Affecting Nurse Practitioners Serving Latin American Populations Review of the Literature Hispanic Americans are considered the leading ethnic minority in the United States of America composing 17.4% or 55.4 million of the national population with calculations proposing an increase to 28.6% or 119 million by 2060 (Velasco-Mondragon, Jimenez, Palladino-Davis, Davis, & Escamilla-Cejudo, 2016). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015), Hispanic Americans primarily suffer from chronic diseases processes that primarily stem from obesity and uncontrolled high blood pressure that can lead to heart disease and cancer that as a result affect other organs. A study by Kim-Godwin & McMurry…show more content…
Background and Further Exploration of the Issue Healthcare reform continues in a time where a new president has taken office and is attempting to change or “bridge gaps” in health care policy. Currently, NPs are focused on a new shift to prevent disease rather than to solely cure or treat it which is the major difference between physician practice and the nursing profession. NPs receive extensive schooling and clinical practice to achieve full practice rights, however, the restrictions continue. The Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners (FLANP) monitors Florida legislative sessions on regards to the scope of NPs. As of March 7th, 2017, Bills of interest that affect full practice authority in the state of Florida are: “HB 7011 which introduces independent practice for NPs; CS HB129: which allows NPs to be medical directors and gain signature authority; SB 96 which allows NPs to be medical directors and S634/HB 645 which allows NPs to sign Certificates of Involuntary Commitment (Baker Act)” (Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners (FLANP), 2017). If these bills are finally approved all bilingual NPs can address many patients in need of healthcare without any barriers as to which provider they can see. Stakeholders Stakeholders include physicians due to their impact and collaboration with NPs. Physician support facilitates the provisions within state

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