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Nurses can practice without physician supervision in many states

Monday, March 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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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 power.

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.

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