Floor Vote Next for Nurse Practitioner Bill

A bill that would allow nurse practitioners in California to practice without physician supervision under certain circumstances passed the Senate Committee on Appropriations in a 5-0 vote on Monday and now heads to the Senate floor.

SB 323, by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), would allow nurse practitioners to practice without the supervision of a physician if certified by an authority such as a hospital, medical group, accountable care organization or clinic. Under the bill, nurse practitioners could manage the health of patients, conduct assessments and order and prescribe medications, lab tests and medical devices.

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