March 24, 2013 (The Washington Post) For years, nurses have been subordinate to doctors -- both in the exam room and the political arena.
But aided by new allies ranging from AARP to social workers to
health-policy experts, nursing groups are pressing ahead in a
controversial bid to persuade state lawmakers to shift the balance of
In 11 states, they are pushing legislation that would
permit nurses with a master's degree or higher to order and interpret
diagnostic tests, prescribe medications and administer treatments
without physician oversight. Similar legislation is likely to be
introduced soon in three other states.