Nurse practitioner bill receives first round approval

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Updated: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:53:00 CST

A bill to address a shortage of primary care providers in rural Nebraska received first round approval on Tuesday. The bill would allow practitioners to work with a physician without a contract.

It would also remove the requirement that a nurse practitioner complete a minimum of two thousand hours of practice under the supervision of physician. Senator Sue Crawford of Bellevue sponsored the bill.

She says this move would help remove a requirement that encourages nurse practitioners to leave the state. The bill advanced with a 29-2 vote.