New Bill Could Give Nurse Practitioners More Independence in Florida
FLORIDA - A new bill has the potential to give more independence to nurse practitioners - but opponents say they don't have the training.
Jim Quinlin is a nurse practitioner in Williston who built this pediatric clinic from the ground up.
But he must have a physician on staff with him.
The new bill would give him indepence. but opponents say that nurse practitioners don't have the training.
Dr. Glen Finney, neurologist: "this legislation will put this ability in the hands of people who have not been trained to do that. I think that it is very dangerous for patients, and I think it puts our wonderful nurses in the state of Florida in a very uncomfortable position. If they have the ability but not the training will they be under undue pressure to take on more and more roles than they're prepared for."
The bill has passed the house committee and the next step is approval from the full Florida house.
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