Fla. bill would expand NPs' scope of practice

A Florida House of Representatives select committee will review a bill that would expand nurse practitioners' (NPs) scope of practice in an effort to address the state's primary care physician shortage, CBS Miami reported. The new bill would create two categories of NPs--independent advanced practice registered nurses, who could provide services without supervision if they meet pharmacology and experience standards, and advanced practice registered nurses, who could prescribe controlled substances. The bill is controversial however, with groups like the Florida Medical Association arguing that doctor supervision over nurses must continue, and Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley (R) working on a proposal with less-dramatic changes than the proposed bill. Article

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