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Proposal would lift regulations on nurses

Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Sebring, a physician, strongly advocates that Florida nurse practitioners be allowed to practice independently from a supervising physician. File photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Florida nurse practitioners are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them to practice independently from a supervising physician.

One of their biggest supporters in their quest is an emergency room physician who started practicing medicine 31 years ago. Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Sebring, is the House’s point man on a proposal to grant advanced nurse practitioners more authority and free them from patient-treatment guidelines prescribed by a licensed physician.  

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