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Bill aimed to help provide easier access for nurse practitioners to work in Nebraska

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A bill that will increase higher quality healthcare to the rural parts of Nebraska has been given final round approval in the unicameral.
 
The legislation better aligns the practice agreement set forth in the Nurse Practitioner Practice Act.

Nurse practitioners manage acute and chronic medical conditions, and function in numerous specialty roles.

Senator Al Davis says that under the current law, state barriers prevent them from practicing.
 
"I've got an old friend from Alliance who years ago moved to Denver and became a nurse practitioner and she wants to move back to Alliance," says Davis. "She can't do that because rules and regulations that we have in place. It is time for us to provide health care in rural Nebraska because the resources aren't there."
 
The passage of this bill will help address primary care and mental health shortages, as well as increase the retention and recruitment of nurse practitioners in Nebraska.

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