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Advancing Nurse Practitioner Practice

Posted Feb 07 2012 9:56pm
I saw 2 notable articles in the news last week about nurse practitioner practice that I wanted to share. The first one is about two new bills introduced in Missouri  that would eliminate the collaborative practice requirement between a nurse practitioner and physician and would allow NPs to prescribe controlled substances as indicated. Missouri is one of the most restrictive states when it comes to NP practice and if this legislation passes, they will move to the forefront of of autonomy. They will have substantial opposition but the bills would allow these NPs to practice to the full extent of their training and education. 

The other article is about the first nurse practitioner to practice in Bermuda . She will begin this summer and work in King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. She is scheduled to be the first student to complete their NP program. 

It is great to see NP practice evolve and have regulations that reflect a scope of practice that is congruent with the training and education of NPs. While there is much work to do (just look at some of the comments from the 1st article), it is becoming clear that NPs can make a meaningful difference in the health care landscape caring for patients. 

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