Minnesota Passes Law Permitting Independent Practice for Advanced Practice Nurses

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On May 13, 2014, Minnesota’s Governor Dayton signed a new law that allows advanced practice nurses to provide health care services to their patients without the need for a written collaborative practice agreement with one or more physicians.  The law will take effect January 1, 2015 and will apply to nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurse anesthetists.  New advanced practice nurse graduates will be required to work at least 2,080 hours in a hospital or collaborative clinic setting before they are eligible to qualify under the new law. 
Minnesota is the ninth state to make these changes which allow for independent practice and prescribing autonomy.

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