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What SCOTUS ruling on dentistry means for APRNs

Nurse Leader Insider, March 13, 2015

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"Landmark" Supreme Court decision about teeth whitening service providers and scope of practice laws has national implications for nurses, too, says the American Nurses Association.

What do inexpensive teeth whitening, the Supreme Court, and antitrust laws have to do with advanced practice nurses? A lot, says Maureen Cones, associate general counsel for the American Nurses Association.

It all starts with the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, which didn't like that non-dentists were offering cheaper teeth-whitening services than they were. To put a stop to it, the board issued "official cease-and-desist letters to non-dentist teeth whitening service providers and product manufacturers, often warning that the unlicensed practice of dentistry is a crime," according to a Supreme Court opinion about the case.

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