Despite Changes, Nurses Push for More Independence

As an advanced practice nurse specializing in family medicine, Holly Jeffreys operates the only medical clinics in two rural Texas Panhandle counties. The state requires that she have a contract with a physician to supervise both clinics, but she operates the facilities almost independently.

“It would be easier to work in a practice where you just had to come in and work and take control of everything, just like a business owner,” she said.

In the 2013 legislative session, Texas lawmakers loosened supervision requirements and broadened the drug-prescribing authority for mid-level health care practitioners like advanced practice nurses and physician ...

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