Nurses praise House advance of independent practice bill

A coalition of groups pushing for nurse scope of practice expansions lauded a House committee for advancing a bill that would allow nurses to practice independently of physicians. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday advanced the bill, HB 607. The measure has been a longtime priority for nurses as well as bill sponsor and […]

House Speaker Oliva adds his heft to the push for enhanced autonomy for nurse practitioners

On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, the “Doctor of the Day” wasn’t a doctor. Instead, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami Republican, underscored his drive to grant increased autonomy to nurse practitioners – sometimes referred to as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs – by selecting one as the chamber’s ceremonial […]