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California shies away from calls to eliminate restrictions on nurse practitioners

California Healthline, April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

California shies away from calls to eliminate restrictions on nurse practitioners

“It’s politics,” said Susanne Phillips, the associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of California-Irvine School of Nursing. “We have a very, very strong medical lobby in the state of California. They do not want to see California go to full-practice authority.” … If nurse practitioners had the ability to practice independently, said Phillips of UC-Irvine, they would have the flexibility to treat patients in different settings, which would relieve pressure on hospitals and prove healthier for patients.