Nurse practitioners rally at state capital

By: News Email
By: News Email

Tallahassee-- More than a hundred nurse practitioners waved signs in front of the state capital Saturday.

The rally was one of five staged across Florida to bring awareness to the under utilization of advanced registered nurse practitioners.

Florida is one of only two states, Alabama is the other, that do not allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances or practice without a doctors supervision.

A recent Tennessee study found nurse practitioners cut costs in that state by 23 percent.

Nurse practitioner Stan Whittaker told the crowd Florida taxpayers could also be saving money.

Legislation has been introduced this year to allow ARNP’s to practice without a doctors supervision as well as increasing other responsibilities.

In addition to Tallahassee, rallies were held in Miami, Orlando, Sarasota and Pensacola.


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  • by Roger Green Location: Phoenix, Arizona on Mar 1, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    I was the founding president of the FL NP Network and practicing ARNP in Tampa. I left the state of Florida because of the restrictive practice and inability for ARNPs to function independently. I practice in Arizona now and NPs have full independent practice and prescribe all medications including controlled substances.
  • by Jay Location: PCB on Mar 1, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    Don't think Ron is an MD based on his comments.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lynn Haven on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    My DOCTOR is a NURSE PRACTITIONER!!! Gov. Scott needs to give them more authority and also find creative ways to save money for our state.
  • by CJ Location: Marianna on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    It seems that making controlled substances more readily available is not a good idea for our communities.
  • by james Location: florida on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    NP's have more clinical training than PA's ron and if you were an MD you would know this
  • by ed Location: pc on Feb 28, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    Sorry Ron, but a trained NP who cares enough about their patients to spend time with them to really determine the problem is far better than an MD who gives you two minutes and then writes a prescription based upon their best quick guess.
  • by Ron on Feb 28, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    They are after all Nurse Practitioners, not nearly as well trained clinically as a Physician Assistant. They have also entertained new requirements to have all NP's attain a Doctorate so they can be called doctor. We MD's will never allow that, or their ability to free stand without the supervision of a Physician.
  • by Sam Location: Chipley, fl on Feb 28, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    If an ARNP was just as qualified as a Doctor then why dont they go thru the same years of training as a Doctor? Because there is a lot more to treating a patient and being aware of possible indications and contraindications of the treatment rendered than just giving a blood pressure pill or antibiotic.
  • by Christina Clark Location: Caryville FL on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    I use an ARNP for my healthcare and she is superb and I recommend her highly. She listens to her patients and is as good or better than a physician. She has taught me a lot about preventing health problems. Please give these professionals all the rights they deserve!
  • by Julie Location: Panama City, FL on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:13 AM
    My primary caregiver is a nurse practioner in Callaway, and I trust her more than ANY doctor I've used before. She's caring, knowledgeable, and she LISTENS to me. (Which is something I find that most doctors do NOT do). You can tell she's in it more for the "care and welfare of her patients" rather than the prestige of having "M.D." as her title. And if she prescribes something stronger than tylenol or ibuprofen for pain, you can bet there's a valid and good reason for it. She doesn't dispense anything without careful consideration and research.
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