Senate Passes Legislation To Allow Nurse Practitioners To Practice Without Physician Supervision
The California Senate has advanced a bill (SB 323) that would allow nurse practitioners to practice without the supervision of a physician if certified by an authority such as a hospital, medical group, accountable care organization or clinic. Under the bill, by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), nurse practitioners could manage the health of patients, conduct assessments and order and prescribe medications, lab tests and medical devices. The bill now heads to the Assembly.
- "Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Bill Passes Senate" (Adler, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 5/7).
- "California Senate Votes To Expand Powers of Nurse Practitioners" (McGreevy, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 5/7).