District 3 State Senator JP Morrell is urging the Louisiana State Board of Medical
Examiners to defer action on a proposal to restrict the ability of nurse practitioners to
provide care to Louisiana families.
“The short-sightedness of the Medical Board to restrict the ability of nurse practitioners to
provide services as stand-alone healthcare providers reduces access to care for families
across Louisiana,” said Sen. Morrell. “This is especially true for low-income and rural
families who heavily rely on nurse practitioners for their healthcare needs.”
Sen. Morrell says that the proposal will effectively prohibit nurse practitioners from
providing health care without the presence of a physician. He requests that the rule change
be denied at least until the State Legislature can clarify what a nurse practitioner can and
A public hearing will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the
office of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners to discuss the proposed
‘Physician Collaboration with Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ rules.