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Nurse practitioners win first round against doctors with bill to expand patient care
Los Angeles Times

Nurse practitioners, who undergo more training than registered nurses, have been lobbying the Legislature for years to care for patients on their own without a physician’s approval. They’ve argued this change in state law would ensure the state’s aging population has access to medical care.

The California Medical Assn., the powerful lobbying arm for the state’s doctors, has so far blocked those efforts. But this year could be different, with a key lawmaker, Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), switching sides.