Nurse Practitioners Want Less Doctor Oversight

Prudie Orr is a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, but these days she feels more like an aspiring indentured servant. Since moving to the Central Texas town of Georgetown in December, she’s been unable to open a practice and see patients — because she can’t find a doctor who will allow it. “I’ve gone up and down the telephone book, calling every psychiatrist in town,” she says. “I have to go hat in hand to these folks to see if they will grant me the privilege of making a living.”  

In Texas, nurse practitioners’ livelihoods are tied to physicians ...

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