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.