California Senate Approves Scope of Practice Legislation

On Tuesday, May 28, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 491 by a vote of 22 to 12. The proposed legislation would remove barriers to practice for nurse practitioners in California, allowing them to work autonomously without physician supervision. This would help address California's primary care shortage, providing better access to health care for millions of residents. SB 491 will now move to the State Assembly for consideration.

AARP California supported this legislation in a letter to the legislature: Decades of evidence demonstrate that APRNs have been providing high quality health care with positive outcomes equal to the care provided by their physician counterparts. Consumers will have improved access to medications, diagnoses and treatments, and referrals to specialists and therapists with the modernization of California's scope-of-practice laws, such as removal of the collaborative agreement.

Other prominent supporters of the bill are Blue Shield of California, the California Hospital Association, and the University of California.

See more resources from the California Association for Nurse Practitioners.

by Winifred V Quinn, PhD | June 3, 2013

Tags: practice, california


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