HB 4334, which Delegate Fleischauer co-sponsored, addresses the licensing of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and allows them to practice nursing to the extent of their education. Previously, APRNs could only prescribe and practice when they were in a collaborative relationship with a WV physician. With passage, APRNs can prescribe (except opioids) and practice nursing independently after completion of three years of practice in a collaborative relationship. This will help increase access to the medical care patients need, especially in rural areas.
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