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Bill expanding medical powers for nurses passes Senate committee

The Senate Health Policy Committee just barely voted in favor of a bill that would expand medical authority to advanced practice registered nurses despite staunch opposition from some panelists.

SB  1352, by Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, passed the committee on Tuesday with a vote of 5-4 after roughly 30 people chiefly from various nursing associations spoke in favor of it. Grimsley's proposal gives advanced practice nurses authority to prescribe controlled substances and initiate the Baker Act on a patient who may require an involuntary psychiatric evaluation. Also, the bill would allow nurses to release patients brought in for the involuntary test.

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