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Florida Nurses Association praises “huge victory” for nurse practitioners, physician assistants

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The Florida Nurses Association applauded lawmakers Friday for passing a bill allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances, a measure the group had put before the legislature for 22 years. “It’s been a long battle, and well worth the fight,’’ said FNA Executive Director Willa Fuller in a news release. “The passage of this bill is a huge victory for nurses and patients.” Sponsored by Sebring Republican Rep. Cary Pigman, a physician, and Miami Shores…

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Will House panel OK a bill allowing advanced RNs to practice without MDs’ oversight?

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At its last scheduled meeting of the year, the House Health Innovation Subcommittee will consider a bill to allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to practice independently from physicians. Sponsored by physician and state Rep. Cary Pigman, HB 547 was temporarily deferred at the panel’s meeting last week when it appeared that it was going to fail. The committee will tackle the bill again today when it meets at 9 a.m. It is the only bill on the agenda. Today’s vote is…

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