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California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners
Los Angeles Times

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.

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