Nurse Practitioners in Alabama can now Prescribe Certain Drugs
According to the sponsor of the bill Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, this would expand access to health care in some areas.
The nurse practitioners act as a first option for health because they have to drive some distance to be able to seek for physicians.
For example, a nurse practitioner can sew up a cut for a patient, but might not be able to provide the level of painkiller the patient might need. Or, a practitioner could diagnose an infection, but might not be able to prescribe the needed antibiotic.
“It’s giving nurse practitioners the ability to increase the scope of their practice,” Reed said.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, which has passed a similar measure.
Under the bill, nurse practitioners and midwives would now allow to prescribe Level 3, 4 and 5 drugs.
But they still cannot prescribe morphine or other drugs that are classified as Level 1 and 2.
“The closer health care is for a patient, the more cost-effective that health care is going to be for the patient,” Reed said.
The bill passed by a vote of 27-1.
Certified registered nurse practitioners are registered nurses who get a graduate degree in a nurse practitioner program and national certification