HB 312, HB 313, SB 625, and SB 642 would create a pathway for independent practice for advanced practice nurses.
Contact your state legislator and let them know :
* Over the years there has been many negotiations between physicians and nurses that has preserved physician-led medical teams. Allowing non-physician practitioners to expand their scope of practice through legislation rather than education and training is neither a good solution nor good public policy for improving access to quality care.
* Physicians have the clinical expertise and training to exercise independent medical judgment.
* Independent practice for APNs will not increase access to care: The American Medical Association has conducted extensive geographic distribution studies in all 50 states, concluding that nurse practitioners and physicians tend to distribute in the same patterns, regardless of the states' supervisory safeguards on the practice of medicine by nurse practitioners.
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