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Nurses Seeking More Autonomy

Bill would give practitioners, midwives prescription authority

February 13, 2014

With Medicaid expansion expected to fuel a shortage of primary care physicians, the West Virginia Nurses Association is pushing the Legislature to grant nurse practitioners more authority to operate......

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Feb-13-14 5:55 PM

They say. They again. Much of Doctor insurance is for disability income in event they can't earn the big bucks.

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Feb-13-14 5:52 PM

The TRUTH is the Nat' Governors association supports this bill. Oh wow. wowie . A mere 50 individuals. Don't play cards. 50 doesn't trump hundreds of millions.

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Feb-13-14 5:43 PM

another idea. Lottery combination. No questions asked. $5 gets you a ticket and credentials for whatever you dream to be. This morning you were living under a bridge. Tonight you win the lotto. Tomorrow you wake up a paper carrying Doctor, citizen with a name tag to wear.

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Feb-13-14 1:05 PM

So sad the the Intelligencer chose to write and article about Nurse Practitioners and did not interview a single Nurse Practitioner. The legislative view published was that of a senators that have been bias since Ron Stollings who is a physician and happens to be head of Health and Human services has been blocking this bill for several years! The truth is that Nurse Practitioners can and are allowed to treat and diagnose patients independently. The Bill that for bias reasons has YET to even be voted on is a formality that is wanting to drop the mandate for a collaborative practice agreement with physicians. This is not something new! NPs in 20 states already practice without these agreements safely and in these states LESS narcotic prescriptions are written. The TRUTH is the Nat' Governors association,AARP supports this bill, and the Federal Trade Commission did a study last year that supports the FACT that NO SAFETY issues support the claim by WV Board of Medicine only financial!!!

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Feb-13-14 9:10 AM

I have an idea...go to med school and get an MD or DO...then you can act like a doctor. Until then, accept your subordinate role in health care. Let me want all of the priviledges of the doctor, but not the headaches of billing and maintaining an office. Just enjoy your 80K per year (plus), write your scripts, and get over it.

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