| Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 11 signed legislation that will allow qualified nurse practitioners in the state to provide health care services without physician oversight. The new law, effective July 1, provides a path for consumers to more directly receive primary care from advanced practice registered nurses.|
Article By: A.G. Gancarski; Originally Featured on: FloridaPolitics.com
“Qualified nurse practitioners will be able to independently operate primary care practices without an attending doctor’s supervision under a bill (HB 607) passed by the Legislature and signed hours later by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Advanced nurse practitioners with at least 3,000 hours of experience under the supervision of a physician could qualify to provide services including family medicine, general pediatrics and general internal medicine under the new law.
Nurse practitioners would have to complete minimum graduate level course work in differential diagnosis and pharmacology.
The bill was a priority for House Speaker Jose Oliva, who praised the Governor’s quick action.
“Floridians’ access to quality health care is our top priority,” Oliva said in a news release. “Freeing (advanced practice registered nurses) of the red tape that has historically stopped them from working to the full extent of their education and training will immediately improve access to quality care for all,” he said.”