Auditor recommends slight expansion of APRN scope

West Virginia legislators should allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to expand the scope of their care, according to a recent audit, but APRNs say the recommendations don't go far enough, WV Metro News reports. Expanding the scope of APRN practice could help relieve West Virginia's doctor shortage, according to Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred, but he did not endorse allowing nurses to operate independent of physicians. Current state law allows APRNs to collaborate with doctors and operate under their supervision. Allred cited the drug problem in West Virginia as justification for making only moderate suggestions for expansion. "Given the addiction crisis we have in West Virginia, I cannot in good conscience recommend to the Legislature that 2,149 more individuals in West Virginia be allowed to write prescriptions for Class 2 narcotics," he said. Article

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