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New scope-of-practice bill would boost role of nurse practitioners
Sacramento Business Journal

Sen. Ed Hernandez is again trying to change California law so nurse practitioners can do what they are trained for without supervision by a doctor. A similar effort died two years ago due to fierce opposition from the California Medical Association and other doctor groups.

Senate Bill 323 would grant California’s 18,000 nurse practitioners “full practice authority.” A “spot” bill designed to serve as a vehicle for discussion, it does not flush out what this means, but preliminary language suggests authority to diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for patients without physician oversight.