Nurses Say AMA Launching 'Turf War' Over Direct Patient Access
Nurses across the U.S. are upset at new American Medical Association policy opposing efforts to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently of a physician’s supervision.
The AMA opposes "the continual, nationwide efforts to grant independent practice . . . to non-physician practitioners” including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), the nation's largest doctor group voted at last week's AMA policy-making House of Delegates interim meeting. The move is designed to intensify the AMA’s lobbying agenda through model legislation in Washington and state capitals “to initiate creation of a consistent national strategy.”
The development of a new AMA national lobbying strategy comes as APRNs are seeing states and branches of the federal government allow more direct access to patients without a physician’s supervision. A year ago, for example, the Department of Veterans Affairs granted veterans access to advanced practice registered nurses in a landmark decision. READ MORE