R.I. Senate approves bill allowing NPs to practice independently

05/10/2013 | Patch.com

A bill that would allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their licenses has been approved by the Rhode Island Senate. The measure would cut bureaucracy, as well as improve efficiency and health care access, said state Sen. Joshua Miller, who sponsored the bill. "When a nurse is highly trained and qualified to provide a certain type of care, it makes sense for the state to let him or her do it, when making the nurse get a doctor's signature doesn't affect the patient except to slow things down," Miller said. The bill goes next to the House.

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