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APRNs in Michigan seek independent practice

Nurse Leader Insider, November 21, 2012

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Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in Michigan are trying to pass legislation to expand their practicing rights in anticipation of the additional Americans who will become eligible to receive health insurance by 2014. Michigan regulations currently prevent APRNs to practice independently, and APRNs must instead work in collaboration with and under the supervision of physicians. The healthcare profession’s shortage of physicians lends to the APRNs’ cause.

Supporters of the legislation note that the bill is not an effort to eliminate collaboration between APRNs and physicians, but rather to leave the decision to providers as to when partnership is required. Similar policies have been passed in eighteen states and the District of Columbia recently.

Source: The Michigan Daily



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