Dr. Burgess is an experienced family nurse who is a Dean Professor, PhD and Associate at USC College of Nursing. She was a vocal leader in several organizations such as the South Carolina Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and the Access to Health Coalition. It provides primary care and health services to women in two SC practices, one of which is run by nurses. She has received numerous awards, including Sigma Theta Tau`s 2016 International Alpha Xi Lucy Marion Award; 2016 SC Hospital Association Leadership Award; 2015 President`s Award from the South Carolina Nurses Association and 2014 National Advocacy Award for NPs of the AANP. How will you proceed with the new rules for prescribing and dispensing drugs and devices that are not included in the agreement on cooperative practice under Rule 21 NCAC366.0809 (b) (3) (A) (B) and 21 NCAC32M.0109 (b) (3) (A) (B)? absolutely. For example, my physician-employee retired when I served the underinsured and uninsured in a major rural area. Unfortunately, I have not been able to secure another doctor within mileage limits and collaboration conditions. Therefore, I have not been legally allowed to return to the territory to provide services. These patients are now without primary care and are being cared for in local emergency departments, a very expensive way to get primary care. The lack of primary supply affects not only individuals, but also the Community. Important partners are supporting the removal of barriers to access to care, cost control and improved outcomes.

These partners include the Department of Mental Health, Physicians, the South Carolina Nurses Association, the Coalition for Access to Health, the SC Healthcare Association, Eau Claire Cooperative, Agape, Colleges of Nursing in SC, Certified Nurses and Nurses. Another possibility that I have felt limited by practical laws is that we are called “middle class” suppliers and that we are put in the same bag as medical assistants (PAs). There is a dramatic difference between the preparation of ARNAs and that of PAs. APRNs were the first RNAs and recorded countless practical hours on the patient`s beds.