Healthcare providers lack training to identify sex trafficking victims; Michigan bill would allow nurses to prescribe drugs without doctor permission;

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> Healthcare providers frequently lack necessary training to identify and provide appropriate care for victims of sex trafficking, particlarly pediatric victims, who have unique medical and mental health needs, according to a new study in Pediatrics. Study abstract

> A Michigan bill would allow advanced practice nurses, including certified nurse midwives, certified nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists, to prescribe drugs without a doctor's consent after receiving additional training. Bill

> An Indiana woman was awarded $1.7 million in damages Monday in her lawsuit against Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where she received nine times the appropriate amount of an antibiotic to treat an abdominal infection, leaving her with severe inner-ear damage and balance problems, reported The Star Press. Article

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