Forbes, June 4, 2017
Bruce Japsen

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[...] The trend may only escalate as more states give direct access to nurse practitioners as momentum builds behind legislation to eliminate hurdles for patients who need primary care.

"The demand for nurse practitioners has never been higher,” American Association of Nurse Practitioners President Cindy Cooke said. “With the rise of full practice authority in 22 states and the District of Columbia, more patients than ever have direct access to high-quality nurse practitioner care in every setting–including the veterans’ health system.”

There are several states also considering full-practice authority, such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania, AANP said. The state activity follows last year’s decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant direct access to advanced practice registered nurses. [...]

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