Today, CAPA congratulates California’s Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) on Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill 890 (AB 890), authored by Assembly Member Jim Wood, the Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee. Like the CAPA-sponsored Senate Bill 697 (SB 697) from last year, AB 890 offers NPs new opportunities to practice with a degree of autonomy in California that they have never enjoyed before. It represents 15 years’ worth of their effort – obtaining new members, galvanizing their full membership, educating decision-makers about NP practice, and documenting the public health benefits of expanded practice opportunities.
Knowing what a battle it was to push SB 697 through, CAPA knows that AB 890 did not come easy. CAPA tips its hat to NPs and CANP.
As we applaud the NPs success, CAPA also wants to spotlight the implications of such an event for you and the PA profession.
What the passage of AB 890 underscores is how far PAs have to go to secure our livelihoods and our role in an ever-changing healthcare environment. We recognize that politics and advocacy isn’t for everyone.
“But, everything you do, your professional dignity, and every dollar you earn can be traced back to a word in a law that was passed in Sacramento.”
For those who believe that successfully protecting the PA profession will simply “be handled” by CAPA, AAPA, and other PA organizations, we, must respectfully inform you that is a misconception. Your profession is only as strong and secure as your personal interest and commitment to it.
To protect and advance the future of California PAs, the blunt truth is that CAPA needs many more PAs to make just a couple small, personal commitments to their profession. Otherwise, any effort CAPA makes on your behalf fizzles and will not be taken seriously.
CAPA SPEAKS Initiative
Today, CAPA announces its newest initiative, CAPA SPEAKS — an organized campaign dedicated to safeguarding and advancing the PA profession and your livelihoods. In the coming years, CAPA will:
CAPA asks you to help us, yourselves and other PAs change the tide of the profession by making PAs a strong, united voice. An organization that is 13,000 members strong is difficult for Sacramento to ignore.
Through SB 697, CAPA advanced and secured the present for you. But what about your future? That would be up to you. So what are you waiting for?