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Bill allows nurse practitioners to practice without doctors

June 17, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Allowing trained, qualified nurse practitioners to open their own medical practices could expand health care availability, especially in rural areas.

A bill passed by the state Senate last week is the first step toward allowing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses-Certified Nurse Practitioners (APRN-CNPs) to practice independently.

Senate Bill 25, sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-46th, would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRN-CNPs to practice independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a physician.

Current law requires nurse practitioners to practice under a collaboration agreement at all times.

The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.