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Should NPs in PA be allowed full practice authority?

Earlier this summer, the Keystone State Senate passed a bill that would allow just that. The bill now goes to the House for further debate and vote.

In a Philadelphia Inquirer article, Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel explained why passage of this bill would improve access to cost-effective care by allowing NPs to take on more tasks independently, including prescription-writing. Currently NPS, have “collaborative agreements” with physicians - a form of oversight.

Opponents maintain that physicians, who undergo more training, should keep providing supervision. The President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society offers his take on why things should stay the way they are currently. You can read the article here: