Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are trained to diagnose and treat patients, but the state requires the oversight of a doctor for them to prescribe medicine. Nurse practitioners say finding a physician to enter into an agreement with can be difficult and cost as much as $1,000 a month in fees.
Is a family nurse practitioner your primary health care provider? Have you given birth with the assistance of a nurse midwife? Or have you had surgery with anesthesia administered by a nurse anesthetist?
Under a new state law, advanced-practice registered nurses will be able to prescribe medications (except for controlled substances) after working under contract with a physician for four years.
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