[MMA News Now, Dec. 12, 2013]
The MMA and advocates who want to expand nurses’ scope of practice in Minnesota met at the MMA’s office on Dec. 11 to discuss their respective sides in the issue that will likely see legislation during the upcoming session.
Discussion at the meeting focused on the need for continued collaboration, potential changes to the required written prescribing agreement, growing concerns about the overuse of opioids, and the qualifications needed to perform interventional pain medicine.
“There continues to be some areas where compromise can be reached and other areas where there are strong differences,” says Dave Renner, the MMA’s director of state and legislative affairs. “We continue to focus on what is best for optimal patient care and the data that clearly shows that collaboration and a team approach to care is the best.”
The Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) coalition continues to push for passage of the national model bill that provides complete independent practice for APRNs with a broad scope of practice. Coalition representatives acknowledged at the meeting that they may need to compromise from that position to get a bill passed. Depending on how much both sides are willing to move from their starting point will determine whether this bill moves forward this session.
Physicians at the meeting represented family medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, psychiatry and interventional pain medicine. Nurses in attendance represented certified nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists.