Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana

October Newsletter

Posted 2 months ago by Capni Admin


October 2017





Registration is now open for the CAPNI Fall Health Policy Conference.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your health policy expertise.  It is essential for APRNs to become savvy on health policy, since this directly impacts one’s practice.  Topics of the Health Policy Conference agenda include topics on both federal and state health related issues.  Some specific highlights include:

  • AANP Vice President of National Government Affair Debra Swan will present on current national and state legislative issues.
  • AANP Board Member from a full practice authority state will share strategies used to successfully remove legislative barriers to APRN practice.
  • An interactive panel of state legislators moderated by CAPNI’s lobbyist who will discuss and share legislative health care issues.


There will be three state legislators participating in this year’s conference.  It is critical that we have a robust attendance to demonstrate our resolve and unity on legislative issues relevant to our practice and our patients.   Register today!


This year’s conference is scheduled for Saturday November 11 at Goodman Hall in Indianapolis.  To register, go to CAPNI website





CAPNI is accepting applications for the Marcia Plant-Jackson Scholarship.  This award honors the dedication of Marcia Jackson who has shown exceptional leadership in health policy over many years. 


This scholarship is awarded to one APRN professional and one APRN student to attend the AANP Health Policy Conference in Washington DC.  This is an exceptional opportunity for the CAPNI member who is interested in enhancing his/her knowledge of health policy at the federal and state levels.   The scholarship covers registration, hotel and travel.  The 2018 AANP Health Policy Conference is scheduled for February 4-6. 


The application deadline is November 1, 2017.  Go to CAPNI website to access the application.





CAPNI plans to submit legislation during the 2018 Legislative Session.  The goal of this legislation is to modernize APRN practice in Indiana by retiring the collaborative practice agreement (CPA) and have full practice authority (FPA) for APRNs in our state.  This will reduce barriers to health care for Hoosiers, especially those in health care provider shortage communities.   We again anticipate opposition from organized medicine.  However, we expect to receive support from other stakeholders, including but not limited to ISNA, Indiana Rural Health, AARP and Indiana Hospital Association. 


If you have not already done so, contact your state senator and state representative about this legislation.  If you need to identify your state legislators go to:

Please note that you do not want to contact your Federal Congressperson or Senators Donnelly and Young about this and other state issues.      


In the event you are challenged by colleagues, physicians or others with misrepresentations about FPA, take the opportunity to educate them about this legislation as detailed below.


  • Improves health care efficiency when unnecessary administrative processes are eliminated with retirement of the CPA.
  • Increases access to primary care providers to Hoosiers, especially those in underserved areas.
  • Does not expand APRN scope of practice.
  • Does not increase patient risk or reduce patient safety.
  • Does not increase health care costs.
  • Does not interfere with inter-professional collaboration or team-based care.
  • Does not jeopardize other health care providers’ position in health care.

The CAPNI website has resources available to help you prepare.   You may also contact any member of the CAPNI legislative team for support and advice.  It is important to start these strategies now to develop the needed momentum to introduce legislation next year.  In other states that have attained FPA, it has been this grassroots activism that has proved most effective. 




In addition to the legislative strategies discussed above, plan on attending CAPNI Advocacy Day at the Indiana State House.  This event connects APRNs’ with legislators.  Advocacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday January 30, 10 am-2 pm.  Save the date for this important date. 





Federal health care issues continue to be on the forefront of Federal legislation.  These issues are a priority for APRN practice and to our patients.  Contact your Federal Congressman/woman and Senators Donnelly and Young about the following


You may contact the AANP Advocacy Center where you can send a letter to the Senators and your Congressman.  You do not need to be an AANP member to access the advocacy center. 
Please take a moment to visit the Advocacy Center and send a letter to your members of Congress to help educate them on the importance of these issues.




The 2018 CAPNI Annual APRN Conference will be held in downtown Indianapolis.   This new location will accommodate this growing conference. 


February 15 and 16, 2018

Pre-conference Workshops February 14

Marriott Downtown

Indianapolis, IN


Attendance to the Annual APRN Conference not only provides the opportunity to update skills and knowledge but also to network with colleagues and leaders in our profession.   Save the date for this annual CAPNI event.   


Cathy Cooper FNP-C, CAPNI President