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MLA Advocacy Letter

As part of our ongoing advocacy initiative, the NPAA has developed an online tool designed to assist you in communicating with the elected MLA in your area.

If you support the implementation of a funding model that will allow Nurse Practitioners to provide essential health care services in your community, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Review the template letter included below.

Step 2: Insert your name, email and location in the fields provided.

Step 3: Select an elected official from the drop down menu. Selecting the drop down menu will reveal the elected official’s electoral district and email address. If you are unsure of your elected official or district, please visit the Elections Alberta Division Maps by clicking here.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Submit’ button to email your custom letter. A copy of the email will be sent to your submitted email address.

 

MLA Automailer

The Letter Template

Dear: [Elected Official Name],

As my elected Member of Legislative Assembly, I would like to draw your attention to an urgent issue affecting all Albertans and ask for your thoughtful reflection and timely action. I am an Albertan and I say business as usual in healthcare is not acceptable. Systemic changes are necessary to remain responsive to me, my family, and my community's healthcare needs, all while remaining sustainable. I am disappointed that a proven, sensible, and cost-effective innovation is being overlooked, why? The main barrier for me and my community to access Nurse Practitioner healthcare services is the government’s underwhelming action regarding the creation of a sustainable funding model that would support Nurse Practitioners in acute, primary, and long-term care.

Nurse Practitioners in Alberta provide similar services as their physician colleagues, but there continue to be gaps in care because NPs continue to be underutilized in acute, primary, and long-term care. It is shameful that this innovate change to our healthcare system which could improve access to essential healthcare service is not being utilized or implemented. NPs have over 50 years of positive research demonstrating safe, high quality care, cost efficiency in the healthcare system.

The well respected and non-partisan ‘Naylor Report’ (2015) states, “the cash strapped health authority would rather contract the services of a physician that they do not have to pay for out of their own budget rather than develop Nurse Practitioners…who could do the same role for fewer tax-payer dollars” (p.88). The Province of Alberta has an opportunity to show leadership and be great stewards of healthcare resources by immediately creating a funding model to allow for team-based healthcare services that include NPs to achieve equal outcomes, better value, and demonstrate fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars.

I am not the only one who thinks this:

In Alberta, Nurse Practitioners are provincially regulated autonomous Master’s and PhD prepared healthcare providers with the knowledge, skills and legislated authority necessary to assess, diagnose, prescribe, order and interpret any necessary tests, and refer patients to specialists when necessary. Their scope of practice is outlined in the Alberta Health Professions Act enacted by the Government of Alberta in 1999. Despite their ability to provide complete and comprehensive healthcare in Alberta, many Alberta educated Nurse Practitioners are underemployed or unemployed.

To learn more about Nurse Practitioners visit the Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta website at www.albertanps.com. I also encourage you to contact Eric Lavoie NP, President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta at president@albertanps.com for additional information.

Regards,
[Name]
[Email Address]
[Town]