Rural health care is becoming more difficult in Oklahoma with closing hospitals and a lack of doctors. Clinical Nurse Specialists could help bridge the gap, but not unless the law is changed. Lori Ormsby is immediate past president of the Oklahoma CNS Association. She says a law to allow CNS nurses a full scope of practice is bogged down in the legislature. It passed the house in the last session, but stalled in the senate.
Health care advocates will lobby lawmakers again this year to make the change. This month, the Oklahoma CNS Association was named the National Affiliate of the year.