20 January, 2024: In a letter the editor of the News-Press, an anonymous writer asked why APRN’s are being left out of the Florida Senate’s $900 billion dollar health care legislation, entitled “Live Healthy”. This package of bills is “designed to grow Florida’s health care workforce, increase access, and incentivize innovation.”. The package was passed by the Florida Senate 17 January, in bill 7016. While there are other parts of this package still pending, none of the bills related to it address APRN’s. As the writer states, “The overarching question is why are APRN’s left out of this important part of legislation?”. This is a question the public of Florida should be asking their representatives in both the House and Senate! 

20 January, 2024: In an Op Ed piece in The Capitolist, Karla Maldonado, Assistant Program Director of the USF College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesiology Major, and president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, discusses the need to modernize Florida laws to allow Florida licensed Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice to the fullest extent of their licenses. Currently, CRNA’s are not allowed to practice autonomously, and must be supervised by a physician anesthesiologist, unlike those in 43 other states.