NP's scope-of-practice fight continues
This week, the California Senate Appropriations committee hears a bill that would increase nurse practitioners' authority to care for patients without physician supervision.
The bill presented Monday would first remove the requirement of physician supervision from the existing scope of practice laws, and would expand the tasks APRNs are authorized to perform independently. Those tasks would include examining, diagnosing, and writing prescriptions for patients.
Fifteen other states are considering similar legislation that would expand APRNs to full practice authority (CT, IL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, NV, WV). Delaware and Pennsylvania are planning legislation for later this year. In Minnesota, nursing leaders are enlisting nursing students in the policy fight.
To date, full practice authority licensure laws for APRNs are active in one-third of the United States.