Nurse practitioners fight for more independence

August 18, 2014 5:24 PM

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Nurse practitioners fight for more independence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Nurse practitioner Bob Hobbs once came within days of closing his doors to patients because a doctor who gave him permission to write scripts was leaving the state and he couldn't find another one quickly enough.

The measure gives nurse practitioners the right to prescribe common drugs, such as blood pressure and diabetes medicines, without having an agreement with a doctor. Laws granting more independence to nurse practitioners also passed this year in Connecticut, New York and Minnesota, and the U.S. Depar...

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