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Will 2017 be the year that Texas Nurse Practitioners gain full practice authority? For the first time in Texas legislative history, a House Committee heard testimony regarding full practice authority of Nurse Practitioners (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses). This is a critical step in getting the legislation to the House floor for a vote!
HB1415 was authored by Representative Stephanie Klick of North Richland Hills and had the support of 22 fellow Representatives. Prior to her election in 2012, Rep. Klick was a practicing Nurse, Nurse Supervisor and Nursing Consultant. This bill is a reflection of her belief that Nurse Practitioners in Texas should be free to practice to the full extent of their education and expertise. Full practice authority of Nurse Practitioners is already the law in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
The goal of the bill is to provide greater access to health care, particularly in rural and medically under-served parts of the state. Nurse Practitioners are a high-quality, cost-effective way to solve the critical shortage of primary care providers in Texas. Allowing Nurse Practitioners to provide primary care to patients without the requirement that they first enter into a contract with a physician will bring health care to those who need it most!
At MedicalRecruiting.com, we strive to #CareForHealthcare and believe that full authority practice for Nurse Practitioners in Texas is long-overdue!
Chelsea Owens, JD
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