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California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners
California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners

Addressing a doctor shortage that is especially dire in rural parts of California, the state Senate voted Thursday to let nurse practitioners do much more for patients, including diagnosing and ordering treatment and prescribing drugs, without supervision by a physician. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said his bill will make sure that Californians have easier access to primary healthcare by giving more responsibility to nurse practitioners in certain settings, including medical clinics. “More than 18,000 of them are in California and stand ready to help meet our healthcare needs,” Hernandez told his colleagues before the 25-5 vote. The measure is opposed by the...

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