California Nurse Practitioners Seek Autonomy

Nurse practitioners in California are fighting to be able to practice without physician oversight. Examiner.com reports that physicians are fighting back, stating that allowing nurse practitioners to practice without oversight would diminish care and noting that nurse practitioners receive far less training than doctors. In all 50 states, nurse practitioners can prescribe medication, examine and treat patients, diagnose disease, and manage acute and chronic illnesses. Their other responsibilities, however, vary by state. Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia allow nurse practitioners autonomous practice and they are shown to be especially crucial in rural and underserved areas in the US.  Read more here: California nurse practitioners fighting to independently treat patients