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Monday, February 21, 2011

NURSES ASKING FOR AUTHORITY WAY BEYOND THEIR TRAINING

Several bills TMA is tracking this session would expand the scope of practice of advanced practice nurses way beyond what their education, skills, and training safely allow. House billls 708 by Rep. Kelley Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), 915 by Wayne Christian (R-Center), and 1266 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) would include diagnosing, prescribing, ordering tests, and making referrals without physician supervision within nurse practitioners’ scope of practice. TMA is fighting these bills as unsafe for patients. For details on our position, see our scope of practice issue brief

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