Changes for nurse practitioners in PA?


Nurse practitioners seem to be taking on a larger role in treating patients in Pennsylvania. They are able to evaluate, diagnose, order and interpret tests, and manage treatments, including prescribe medications for patients.

What they can’t do in Pennsylvania is operate independent offices or clinics because nurse practitioners must be affiliated with doctors.

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners want that changed. They say it would make healthcare more accessible and affordable

Doctors who oppose any change in law counter that physicians with their extensive training must be involved in decisions that could impact the health of patients.

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Susan Schrand

On a recent Smart Talk, we talked with Susan Schrand, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

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