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Updated: 2/25 7:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Fearing a looming doctor shortage, Florida lawmakers are opening the door to nurses being allowed to open their own practices and even prescribe narcotics.

The bill recently passed a House committee.

Some patients told Action News they wish their nurses could write a prescription without a doctor's approval.

"I feel like it would be easier to go to a nurse instead of spending all the money on a doctor to get a prescription," said a woman from Orange Park.

State lawmakers feel the same way. A House subcommittee voted in favor of a bipartisan bill to increase nurse practitioners' powers, allowing them to write prescriptions of controlled substances and even clear the way for these RNs to set up their own practices without supervision of Florida doctors, who as you'd imagine, don't like the proposed law.

"People who don't go to medical school shouldn't act like doctors," said Dr. Daniel Kantor, president-elect of the Duval County Medical Society.

Kantor agrees with the Florida Medical Association's position that this new bill is an overreaction to deal with the state's pending doctor shortage.

"Why do we need to create a larger and larger pool of people who are able to write controlled substances when controlled substances are already being written too much?" said Kantor, "It just doesn't make good sense."

The legislation must clear a huge hurdle in the Senate now that Don Gaetz, president of the Florida Senate, has voiced opposition to the bipartisan House bill.
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Hi2Jenn - 2/27/2014 10:43 PM
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I find it interesting that when the Florida Medical Association, and even this obviously slanted newspaper article, refer to RNs being given this power and use the generic nurses, instead of the appropriate Advance Practice Registered Nurse. Since most doctors call their medical assistants nurses, after maybe 8 weeks of training, in order to further dilute the public's perception of how well trained a nurse really is, it really shouldn't surprise me that they have to resort to such juvenile tactics to try to sway people. Call it what it really is...it's about protecting their money and their pride. Let's continue to show how backwards Florida really is. I mean, come on, the other 48 states that allow this obviously don't know what they are doing. Nor do the peer reviewed studies prove anything.

attorney - 2/26/2014 1:14 PM
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Since only physicians can currently prescribe in Florida, that leaves only one class of practitioner who created the prescriptive drug abuse problem: The physicians. The FMA and its supporting physician base have effectively please guilty to the charge. The supreme irony is that they admit the problem is pervasive, but won't own up to the fact that it is and was they, who created the problem. So, by adding NPs to the prescriptive network is going to create a larger problem by the percentage of increased prescriptive care givers? Not according the studies and empirically, by the 48 states who do allow NPs to prescribe. Let's call this what it is: "turf protection." It's human nature not to one anyone else to encroach on what you have, even, and indeed especially if, the data supports change.

nativejax - 2/25/2014 9:35 PM
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I don't care WHO people get their meds from, but if I had to get them I sure would get them at a drugstore that discloses all my medicals records, nor would I EVER be a member of the CROOKS that use millions of dollars to fund the failed ILLEGALLY FORCED Affordable care act known as OBamacare. I went with AMAC, at least they arn't STABBING me in the back.
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