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Authors: Coleman and Orr. Relating to licensing of advanced practice registered nurses and the authority of those nurses to prescribe and order prescription drugs. Read & Follow the Bill
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HB 1266 would increase the amount of primary care providers by utilizing Advanced Practice Nurses more effectively. Texas faces a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas. Removing government limitations that restrict the ability of advanced practice nurses to practice would help address this shortage as well as save the state money.

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(Travis County) March 29, 2011, 4:01 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
It's worth pointing out, also, that this is not the only bill this session that would re-define scope of practice for advanced practice nurses. It's a popular topic for legislators of both parties for a number of reasons, including that it's true, state-level health care reform and that there's just no math that says Texas is anywhere near having enough primary care physicians in the next decade (regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act stays or goes).
(Travis County) March 29, 2011, 3:59 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
It's true that physicians spend a lot more time in school, but they also have a much broader scope of practice than advanced practice nurses. This bill would not make advanced practice nurses the same as physicians; it would make advanced practice nurses like advanced practice nurses in 20 other states. Physicians would still be physicians. I've been getting all my primary care from a nurse practitioner for years and for the complexity of my care, that's been totally appropriate.
(Travis County) March 29, 2011, 3:12 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
I will compare my schooling and training to a nurse any day! Lets face it....we go to universities to be doctors, nurses go to community colleges. That's why we carry the pen!
(Not a Texan County) March 29, 2011, 2:47 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Truth be told...there are not enough primary care physicians in Texas to serve the rapidly growing population. Lets don't forget that many of the med students currently are paving their way to more specialized care rather than primary care. If the advanced practice nurses have the training, what's the problem. We need this in Texas!
(Denton County) March 29, 2011, 10:26 am Thumbs Down report abuse
While I respect the nurse profession and all they do for patient care, I don't think that they should be prescribing drugs! You become a nurse for a different reason than being a physician.
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